Kombucha prevents kidney damage from an industrial solvent. In rats.

Kombucha’s antioxidants prevented these rats from being poisoned by an industrial solvent.

Sometimes you will hear people talking about kombucha being great for “detoxing”, as if detoxing is some sort of mystical thing that helps achieve enlightenment. In fact, detoxing is one of the main functions of your liver and kidneys, and it turns out that a kombucha detox might not be such a silly idea after all! Continue reading “Kombucha prevents kidney damage from an industrial solvent. In rats.”

Effect of kombucha on rats with drug-induced type 1 diabetes.

Wrapping my head around the ins and outs of this week’s paper has taken me a bit more time than usual. There is a lot going on here, but come along with me and we’ll go on a journey of discovery together. If anything still isn’t completely clear, please leave a comment and I’ll have a go at re-wording or explaining things.

This is a paper where the initial results look awesome, but on closer inspection need to be treated with care.

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Does kombucha help wounds heal faster? Inconclusive.

[Note: The research paper I discuss in this post has since been retracted. It was retracted in November of 2016. Reasons for the retraction were not given. I discuss the retraction of scientific papers in this post here, and the link to the retraction is here.]

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Kombucha has a different mix of microbes when grown with different recipes

So. What strains of probiotics are in kombucha? What are the kombucha microbes that make your brew so good? And can you change them?

We know that SCOBY stands for “Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast”. But which bacteria are doing the work? What is a good scoby yeast? And are all kombucha scobys the same? (hint: they’re not) Continue reading “Kombucha has a different mix of microbes when grown with different recipes”