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Kombucha FAQ



Welcome to Kombucha FAQ page.


On this page I am collecting all the interesting questions that people are usually trying to get an answer to.

Is Kombucha a Mushroom?

No! A lot of people think it is a fungus, but they are mistaken. Yeast are a fungi, however it is closer to a kind of a lichen.

RDA - Recommended Daily Allowance - How much should I drink?

At first your should start drinking your Tea 2-3 times a day 100-200ml (4-8oz) on and empty stomach. Over some time, when you'll get used drinking it, you can inscrease dosage as your body will want it more - don't drink excessivelly.

Is there any alcohol in my Kombu-Tea?

When brewing your Tea even longer than recommended 8-12 days there can be small percentage of alcohol in your drink (less then 0,5%). Some beer brewers are trying to make some kind of Kombucha-Beer drink - can wait to try one of these.

Can I make it without Sugar?

No! First let me tell you that sugar is not for you - it is for the Mushroom Culture. Sugar is it's food and by the time your Tea will be ready, no more or minimum quantites of sugar will remain.

What is SCOBY?

SCOBY - Symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, which we usually call a mushroom. However, Kombucha is not a mushroom as already told above.

Kombucha Tea Deaths - Is Kombucha dangerous?

Well, I would say that Kombucha Tea can be dangerous if you are not following all the precise rules about hot wo make your drink:

  • Don't touch Kombucha Mushroom with any metal objects
  • Improper preparation - Serious health problems and fatalities have been reported and attributed to drinking kombucha when not following Step by Step rules of how to prepare your Kombucha drink.

  • Myth - 'Kombucha can kill you!': One myth you may have heard about kombucha tea is that it can kill you, a claim made by the FDA, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others based on a single incident back in 1995 where a woman was admitted to the hospital with severe acidosis and elevated levels of lactic acid in her body, and later died. According to reports, she had been consuming kombucha every day for two months prior to her death. But if you read the report in closer detail, it clearly states that no direct link was confirmed between kombucha tea and the woman's death. In fact, the report states that she had already been suffering from other underlying health conditions, and that she "took medications for hypertension, anemia, and mild renal insufficiency." An autopsy later showed that her actual cause of death appeared to be "peritonitis with fecal contamination of the peritoneal cavity" (Report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00039742.htm). We can actually conclude that Kombucha was making its best effort to save this lady's life.

Numerous scientific studies have found that kombucha, which is both simple to brew and very inexpensive, fights off deadly pathogens, helps populate the gut with beneficial bacteria, boosts the immune system, protects vital organs from damage, and may even help slow the aging process.

This, of course, is more than likely the real reason why the medical and drug industries are so vehemently opposed to people drinking kombucha - this health-promoting and disease-preventing elixir can actually cure and prevent illness, which is a threat to the establishment.

Numerous studies show kombucha fights deadly pathogens, helps restore digestive function and strong immunity!

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