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Composition of Kombucha Tea(Kombucha is not a pharmaceutical drug)
Acetic acid - detoxifier
Carbonic acid - presents in blood aids in CO2 release and regulation of blood pH levels.
Folic Acid - a B vitamin, works with vitamin B12 in reducing homocysteine, a risk factor for heart disease. Supplementation may prevent, correct deficiencies caused by, or be helpful with, Aging, Cancer, Crohn's disease, Heart disease (atherosclerosis & hypercholesterolemia), Immunodepression (including AIDS & CFIDS), Memory loss (including Alzheimer's disease), Osteoporosis, Periodontal disease.
Gluconic acid - acts as a food preservative and is a product of the breakdown of glucose.
Glucuronic acid - Vital to detoxification of the body also produced by the healthy human liver. A precursor for mucopolysaccharide which helps in the prevention of the aging of skin tissue. There is a scientific dispute as to wheter or not it contains this acid or its precusors. Trying to understand this debate and who is right or wrong will give you a headache.
L(+) Lactic acid - detoxifier, assist blood circulation, helps prevent bowel decay and constipation. Aids in balancing acids and alkaline in the body and believed to help in the prevention of cancer by helping to regulate blood pH levels.
Usnic acid - inhibits viruses an anti-bacterial agent.
Amino acids (various) - anti-aging properties, aids in the body's production of Growth Hormone (GH). Hydroxy acids (various)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) - believed to aid in the prevention of arthritic conditions, atherosclerosis, cancer, free radical damage, skin aging, stroke, brain cell aging, and a immune system stimulant
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) - believed to aid in the prevention of allergies, arthritic conditions.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin, niacinamide) - believed to aid in prevention of arthritic conditions, hair loss and free radical damage. Aids in healing of skin tissue. Promotes sexual excitation and stamina, also used as a tranquilizer substitute in high doses.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) - believed to aid in the prevention of atherosclerosis, free radical damage, obesity, rheumatism, stroke, and promotes "sex flush" and orgasm.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin, cyanocobalamin) - believed to aid in memory and learning functions.
Vitamin C (from Lactic acid) - numerous known health benefits, too many to list.
The policies of the F.D.A. prevent us from stating that Kombucha cures any ailment. They require scientific studies be done before claims can be made. Studies cost many millions of dollars. The pharmaceutical industry which works closely with the F.D.A. is unwilling to conduct such studies on home cures. The F.D.A. does not conduct such studies.
Even two thousand years of positive anecdotal information is not good enough for the F.D.A. They will not allow us to state that it can cure any illnesses. We therefore do not make any such claim. . . So as to avoid getting nasty letters from them.
The many testimonials on our web site are from customers who believe the tea has cured them of various illnesses. They are not employed or have any association with Kombucha America other than being a customer.
Millions drink this refreshing beverage daily and rave about its health benefits! It will quickly become the most favorite beverage in your fridge.
On the pages of this site you will see the real testimonials of people who drink this incredible beverage and there are many more testaments about the health benefits seen by others on the Testimonial Page.
"Chef Josef Desimone of Google makes Kombucha for Google employees. Almost 100 glasses of Kombucha Tea are served every day at Google cafeterias". . . Wikipedia
Making Kombucha Tea
Cost for Kombucha Cultures
You will need a Kombucha culture to being making the tea. It is so easy to make even a 5 year old child could make it! No need to buy kits or How to Courses now being sold on the Internet. All that you need is a gallon glass brewing jar (old pickle jars work well), sugar, regular tea, a little apple cider vinegar, and a culture to start the fermentation. Our customers receive full instructions on how to make the tea plus free and prompt email or phone support. Everything you need to make this extraordinary beverage you likely have in your home already or can easily get locally at very little cost.
At a discount price of only $21.95 plus S&H we can send you two (2) cultures. We recommend that you buy two (2) so that you can give the 2nd culture to a friend after you have successfully brewed your 1st batch. They will thank you greatly! Also, our SCOBY cultures have a life time replacement guarantee when you order two or more. If for some reason, in the future, you should need replacement cultures we will send them to you for free, you only pay S&H costs. This offer is not retroactive prior to October 1st, 2010 and does not apply to single (1) culture order.
You can order four or six cultures to share with more friends at discounted prices as low as $7.66 each, see order page.
If you do not desire to purchase two cultures or more we can send you a single culture for only $14.95 plus S&H.
Only the fresh "living" tea contains the various beneficial "live" bacteria's and yeasts that work to improve your health. The expensive products that they sell do not!
Some amateurs sell mushrooms on the internet that have not been laboratory tested and certified by a microbiologist to be free of dangerous pathogens such as E-coli and Salmonella.
Other marketers try to sell mushrooms labeling them Jumbo, or Royal, or Chinese to make them sound of greater value. They also attempt to sell expensive brewing "kits"... This is all nonsense, everything needed, to make Kombucha you already have in your kitchen and no mushroom has ever been proven to be more potent than another.
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Kombucha - What is it?
Kombucha grows in regular sugary tea in a gallon glass jar. It resembles a pancake and it covers the surface of the tea. Its thickness varys depending on the time, usually 7 to 9 days, it is left to grow. It is usually between 1/8 to 1/2 inch thick. As the mushroom grows it ferments the tea and converts it into a delicious beverage that can greatly improve your health, and quickly clean and detoxify your body. . . It's very easy to make!
The Kombucha "Baby" grows to cover the surface of the tea. In the mushroom are beneficial bacterias and yeasts that ferment the tea, converting sugars to metabolic acids to help detox the body. When the "Baby" is used to make another new batch and grow a new mushroom it is renamed the "Mother".
Kombucha is a unique beneficial "pseudo lichen" that has been improving people's health for over two thousand years. It does not grow in the wild, the only reason it is here today is because people have been making it in their kitchens for those many centuries. This is a testimonial in itself because if millions of people throughout the centuries did not find it to have great value it would not be here today.
This very beneficial lichen is composed of a symbiotic partnership of bacterium of the genus Acetobacter and yeast cells of the genus Saccharomyces and other friendly symbitoes.
The "mushroom" is fast growing (7 - 9 days) and turns the tea in which it grows into radical proteins, beneficial acids, and vitamins that work to quickly clean and detoxify your blood. It is a thirst quenching ice cold drink that tastes and bubbles like champagne when fresh.
If you use a green tea to make Kombucha it tastes like wine-ginger ale, if you use an orange pekoe/black tea it tastes like a refreshing apple-wine cider. It will quickly become your favorite drink!
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Surface view of forming mushroom.
It is DELICIOUS, it is EASY to make, and you will enjoy it much more than any of the more popular and less healthy drinks that you may have in your refrigerator.
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Million of users currently enjoy this refreshing beverage daily (reported by NBC Dateline) and thousands of Internet users rave about its health benefits.
(1) Energy field of a drop of living Kombucha tea.
(2) Regular drop of Green Tea.
Above images do not prove health benefits, just interesting to look at.
Recent medical news reports support the long held belief that Kombucha may prevent cancer. I personally have had conversations with individuals who credit this elixir for arresting their cancers. I have also talked to many people who say they know of others who say they also have been cured. This comment is not to imply that it is a cure for cancer, only that some believe that it has greatly helped them or others.
Recent medical studies continue to confirm that those who drink black or green tea show a 60% to 75% decrease in various types of cancer possible due to the strong antioxidant properties of polyphenols found in tea as well as weak acids with antioxidant properties.
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Glucuronic acid (debated}, or its precursors are also present in Kombucha, this acid is a metabolite that is produced by a healthy liver and aids in the detoxification of the body. By drinking this delicous beverage daily you may help prevent your body tissues from absorbing all the toxins and poisons found in our industrial environment that may be making you ill.
Many health benefits that have been reported by others from drinking Kombucha Tea - Read Many testimonials - most are likely due to its cleansing, detoxifying and acidifying effects. The health and healing benefits of this remarkable "living" tea are varied and may also vary from person to person. It has been purported to be of "possible" help for the many conditions seen on the right of this page
"Romanow, Medical Director of the Center for Sports Medicine of Profsport, performed studies on athletes that consumed Kombucha under very intensive stress during their training and competitive cycles. Romanow found that the athletes who consumed it had an increase in maximum performance capability, an increase in cardiac output, improved gastrointestinal function, and an improved sense of well being. As a result, Romanow stated that it most probably serves as a biostimulator with a broad range of activity, able to increase aerobic capacity and improve metabolic function."
"Kombucha was proven to have anti-microbial activity against a number of pathogenic organisms. The anti-microbial properties of the ferment were attributed to the acid content. Therefore, the prevention of pathogenic growth by the consumption of the fermented tea, Kombucha, may be important in aiding immunity and illness prevention. This effect could lead to better overall health. In addition a few clinical trials have shown that it can reduce pain, assist sleep, increase aerobic capacity, and improve metabolic function."
(Excerpted from Abstract on Kombucha by C.J. Greenwalt with references to studies)
Skeptics say that if "science" hasn't proven the health claims about Kombucha it just is not worth trying to see if it does work. They prefer to ignore the 2000 years of historical health claims made about Kombucha and just prefer to rely on the premise that if it is not their, or a scientist, or a physicians, idea to drink it then it is not a good idea to do so.
Most are not aware that there are some limited studies that do support that Kombucha can improve health. Major studies, however, cost over 100 millions of dollars to complete and that is a lot of money to spend on a home remedy just to find out if it works or not. Most all physicians will not recommend any home remedy over the expensive medications pushed by pharmecutical sales agents, who are not only trying to earn a living, but are also trying to recoup the millions spent on other studies done on other drugs by the firms that they work for. Such companies can not justify spending millions on a Kombucha study, they cannot turn a profit on it because you can easily make it for free in your own home.
Millions of people drink Kombucha daily and speak of the health benefits they have experienced... Give it a try, you will find it most enjoyable and don't worry - you will not wake-up one morning to find a pod beside you in bed. :-)
Make Kombucha Tea - How?
Make it by adding to water green or orange pekoe/black tea, sugar, a little apple-cider vinegar.
Place the culture in the tea to ferment for 7 to 9 days, strain off tea and place in the fridge to cool. We will provide detailed instructions on how to make Kombucha when we send your ordered cultures to you.
During the brewing (fermentation) period the Kombucha bacteria and yeasts metabolizes the sugar and as they do so cause a new Kombucha mushroom to grow across the entire surface of the tea.
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The "baby" mushroom can be used to make your next batch tea or given away to a friend. The "mother mushroom" can be reused to make additional batches if you do give away the baby mushrooms.
Cost & Prices
It is recommended thay you purchase of at least two cultures, using one as a backup until you have sucuessfully brewed your 1st batch of tea, the spare culture can then be given away to a friend, but if you wish we can provide you with a single culture for only $14.95.
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Kombucha - History
It is possible that thousand of years ago someone made a batch of regular sugary tea and set it aside forgetting to drink it. During the period of days that it was forgotten some rare airborne bacterial and yeast spores took up residence in the tea. When the tea was tasted it was found to be very pleasant. After additional batches were made health benefits began to be noticed and its popularity quickly spread.
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It is recommend anyone who is interested in this remarkable lichen purchase from their local bookstore the book entitled "Kombucha Rediscovered" by Klaus Kaufmann. Some of the information given on this web site is information obtained from this book.
An extensive source of additional information can be found in the book written by Guenther W. Frank "The Fascination of Kombucha". Click Here to read an excerpt of information on Kombucha from his book.
The above mentioned books on Kombucha can be obtained from Amazon.com.
Other speculations offer that the Kombucha Mushroom is related to a birch-tree mushroom that is called Chaga. For hundreds of years a tea has been made from Chaga by the Russian peasants of the Alexandrove district near Moscow to cure them of cancer. Peasants from this area are reported to have no cancers in their communities.
Kombucha Mushroom tea has been known by many names in many cultures. The word Kombucha is its Japanese name. It may have been introduced to Japan by a Korean physician by the name of Kombu around 415 AD.
Its popularity, in the past, only seems to have waned when conflicts between nations made sugar and tea scarce.
Some may wonder if it is so good for one's health why the medical profession or drug industry is not recommending or marketing it. One reason is that it takes tens of millions of dollars to scientifically test a product before it can be marketed by the medical industry. They are not willing to spend the money if they cannot see a dollar return on their investment.
Kombucha reproduces weekly, for free in your home, making it a poor candidate for a profitable return. Doctors often scoff at "home remedies", they often resist investigating anything new because they are encouraged to recommend only the profitable drugs promoted by the powerful pharmecutical industy.
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Is Kombucha Safe? Yes!
Like anything intended to be consumed, it should be prepared in a clean kitchen environment and in a clean manner.
The fermentation of any beverage can leach metal molecules so it should not be brewed in metal containers or in ceramic containers that might contain lead. Stainless steel is OK.
There is much misinformation appearing on the Internet about the danger of drinking Kombucha tea. . . it is nonsense! CLICK HERE to check for any FDA warnings on Kombucha. As of the last time we checked, in January 2012, no warning exist. The FDA had previously found it is safe to drink if prepared in a clean manner. . . It's only common sense that you should prepare anything you intend to drink or eat in a clean manner.
There are rumors that people have died from drinking the tea, again nonsense, if this were true the FDA would have issued warnings about this. More people in one year have died from taking aspirin (about 1000 yearly) than have died, IF ANY, from drinking Kombucha in its entire 2000 year history.
One such false "death" rumor started in Iowa back in 1995 when two elderly women became "mysteriously" ill (as reported by the local newspaper and quickly picked up by the national press). Both had been drinking Kombucha Tea and the local town paper speculated, in error, that their illness were related to drinking this "strange tea". The fact that many others in town were also drinking it and not getting mysteriously ill seems to have slipped their notice.
One of the women died and the other was released, both the CDC and the FDA investigated the "mysterious illnesses" after it was called to their attention by exaggerated press releases.
Both found that each of the two women had medical conditions that were not mysterious at all and were unrelated to their consumption of Kombucha tea. However to this day you will still find this incorrect 1995 news report on the Internet, and being referred to in poorly researched articles.
Another false rumor on the Internet about Kombucha states that it may produce anthrax. This is an absolutely ridiculous. The source of this false rumor came out of an unsubstantiated report that somewhere in Iran that an isolated batch made by a farmer had been found to have anthrax in it. If this were true then the batch somehow became contaminated with anthrax, it certainly did not grow it. Only if you live on a farm and your cattle are dying of anthrax do you have something to worry about.
Negative information about Kombucha also refers to some people suffering from upset stomachs. It is a fermented, carbonated, beverage. It is possible some few people may experience some form of stomach discomfort. Fermented, carbonated, drinks do sometimes upset some people's stomachs. However, millions of people drink Kombucha tea daily without stomach distress, if it were otherwise the F.D.A. would certainly be warning the public about it. Such warning do not exist.
Excessive consumption of the tea when it is very sour may lead to a condition of metabolic acidosis. Normal consumption is about 1 to 3 cups per day, there is no prescribed amount to be taken for any particular ailment. Kombucha is not a drug. You can drink larger amounts but it is generally not a good idea to consume huge amounts of anything.
It is slightly acidic unless allowed to ferment to a more sour state. If you are taking medication that is sensitive to acidic conditions you should consult with your physician before drinking Kombucha and taking the medicine at the exact same time.
Millions of people drink and greatly enjoy this remarkable elixir. It is safer than aspirin and it does improve health.
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Kombucha Fraud Warning
Certain supplement companies (Yogi, GetKombucha, Livamed, IHerb, VitaDigest, Kombucha2000, HerbsPro and others) are now offering Kombucha in capsule/tablet form and in tea bags at high prices on the internet and in health stores. Beware of purchasing these RIP OFF products. There is absolutely NO evidence that these Kombucha products have any health benefits. These unscrupulous companies are capitalizing on the popularity and reputation of Kombucha "the living" tea, and on the ignorance of the public about Kombucha. They do not care that their products do nothing for health and are very willing to lie to you to get your money.
The health benefits from Kombucha are only realized when you drink the "living" tea. Kombucha contains live beneficial bacteria and yeasts and they are probiotic. Once the mushroom is dried, the bacteria die and you are left with an inert powder of no medicinal value, you might as well eat cardboard.
Bottled Kombucha is being expensively sold on the internet and health stores but you can easily make it at home for about 50 cents per gallon. Commercially bottled tea sells for $3.00 to $4.00 per small bottle and is heavily carbonated. Carbonation is not good for the body. This is a fermented drink and quickly turns sour when capped and bottled unless it is pasteurized or kept very cold.
So-called Kombucha extract is just old tea that has turned vinegary and sold in small amounts at high prices, a consumer RIP OFF and of no health value.
Some sites (like GetKombucha.com aka KombuchaHome.com) sell expensive continuous brewing systems... These systems do not work! If you only remove some tea to drink from a fermenting batch of tea, replacing it with a like amount of fresh tea, that still leaves the larger amount of tea continuously fermenting and growing much more sour each day. Within a short period of time all of the tea has to be thrown out because it has become to acidic and sour to drink. The brewing process is similar to brewing wine or beer, ask anyone who brews wine or beer and they will tell you that they would never use such a continuous brewing method.
Companies selling such systems are simply trying to grab as much money out of your pocket as they can before you wise up. Such companies realize that once you obtain a culture or mushroom to make Kombucha you will not have a need to give them repeat business as you will buy most everything you need to make more batches of tea from your local grocery store at less cost. They realize that the opportunity to sell to you is a one time deal. They therefore try to sell you as much crap as they can, such as pH stripes, how-to-videos, pre-packaged tea bags, brewing jars, continuous brewing systems, etc.etc. All that you really need to make a great batch of tea is a viable culture, a set of clear instructions, some tea and sugar,a glass jar to ferment the tea in, an possibly some customer support if any questions do come up.
In the case of GetKombucha.com, the owner (a twit by the name of Dave) was caught stealing all of our copyrighted customer's testimonials, he was publishing them on his web site as his customer's testimonials, and now he brags about being a trusted source even as he continues to rip his customers off by selling bogus products!
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Please Note: Our cultures have been authenticated, containing genus Acetobacter bacterium and Saccharomyces yeasts, and lab tested and certified by IC Micromed Environmental Inc. to insure they are free of all harmful pathogens.
We guarantee that our cultures are hearty and 100% organically pure, grown under lab conditions to insure that they are uncontaminated and unadulterated.
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Kombucha Tea - Illness Helped:READ LOTS OF TESTIMONIALS
aging (increased longevity)
blood cholesterol (lowering)
chronic fatigue syndrome
coronary heart diseases
high blood pressure
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immune system (strengthen)
internal diseases (various)
irritable bowel syndrome
kidney stones & ailments
low blood pressure
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Information provided as is without any express or implied warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this article, We assume no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein. Kombucha mushroom cultures are sold to make Kombucha Tea recommended to be taken as a dietary supplement only.
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