Freelance contribution by: Akash Bhowad

Kombucha is a powerful source of probiotics containing strains of bacteria and yeast to help boost immunity and create a heathy gut microbiome. The process of creating kombucha involves fermentation, as it gives off slight traces of alcohol and is lightly sweetened until it is ready to be used as a health supplement. Just like any other elixir claiming to be healthy, those in the scientific and medical fields have conducted studies in an attempt to uncover the truth. Asking the question “is kombucha healthy?” is a bit too general for the sake of science, as mostly anything in moderation can be “not unhealthy”. Instead, the question was narrowed down to “is kombucha bad for your liver?” and the results might be different than you expect. 

Kombucha Properties

Breaking down the elements, on one hand kombucha is high in B vitamins, vinegar, and several other complex chemical compounds responsible for its reputation as a hepatotoxic. On the other hand, there are large amounts of beneficial probiotics and antioxidants plus antimicrobial chemicals that help regulate blood pressure and reduce heart disease. While the latter may seem to outweigh the first, studies reveal something different when putting the focus on the liver. 

Science Says…

A popular study made possible by the American Cancer Society revealed that one of the live cultures found in the brew is not actually a member of the mushroom family and thus has a result different than popular opinion might say. There have been cases of those drinking it showing signs of jaundice: Turning a yellowish color due to an over-functioning liver. While this doesn’t mean you should throw out your jar of probiotics, it should make you aware and cautious of the amount you are ingesting.  

In terms of the microbial action observed, the elixir revealed a low PH level meaning its is highly acidic. This creates an unstable environment in the body and can cause more damage than good. This is especially risky for the liver, with its sole purpose being to filter out toxins within the entire body. 


These studies have been conducted after some reports by individuals ingesting large quantities of the tea over a short period of time. At this time, there are no scientific studies using humans as the subjects – adding to the difficulty in coming to a solid verdict. The trial and expert scientists that have studied the properties and benefits of the golden fermented liquid have all come out with a similar conclusion: Drink in moderation. Just like many other beneficial supplements, this one also needs to be used with care. Digestion of products that throw off the body’s natural state of equilibrium can do a lot of damage and, if continued, could even result in damage that is irreversible. Those that use kombucha as a way to keep gut bacteria in check should consult their medical practitioner with any questions or in the event that changes to the body are noticed.