biotics known to produce more alcohol were also reduced
and the product has just a little less “bite” than the original version.
GT also re-released its original formula—and so far is
the only kombucha company to do so. The “Classic” line
requires a valid ID (ages 21 and up) to purchase and in-
What Is in Kombucha That
Makes It So Good for You?
Kombucha is a living health drink full of amino acids, probi-
otics and organic acids that together detox the body from the
inside out. Some of the health benefits claimed include: health-
ier skin, more energy, better sleep, weight loss, help with diges-
tive issues and body aches, regularity, helping fight cancer…just
to name a few. But with that, GT Dave always says that its kom-
bucha is not a silver bullet or cure-all, simply that “it works with
the body to restore balance so the body can heal itself. To me,
kombucha represents a certain way of life. It’s about getting all
the good stuff that your body needs directly from nature, not
from a lab.”
In the making of kombucha, as the culture digests the sugar,
it produces a variety of nutrients including:
• Glucuronic Acid: The body’s most important detoxifier.
When toxins enter the liver, this acid binds them to it and
flushes them out through the kidneys. As a detoxifier, it’s
one of the few agents that can cope with petroleum-based
pollutants, including all the plastics, herbicides, pesticides
and resins. Glucuronic acid also produces glucosamines, the
structures associated with cartilage, collagen and the fluids
that lubricate the joints. It is this function that makes kombucha so effective against arthritis.
• Lactic Acid: Essential for the digestive system. Lactic acid
assists blood circulation, helps prevent bowel decay and
constipation. It aids in balancing acids and alkalinity in the
body and is believed to help in the prevention of cancer by
helping regulate blood pH levels.
• Acetic Acid: A powerful preservative, it inhibits harmful
• Usnic Acid: A natural antibiotic that can be effective against
• Oxalic Acid: An effective preservative, it also encourages
the intercellular production of energy.
• Malic Acid: Helps detoxify the liver.
• Gluconic Acid: Produced by bacteria, it can break down to
caprylic acid, which is of great benefit to sufferers of can-didiasis and other yeast infections such as thrush.
• Butyric Acid: Produced by the yeast, butyric acid protects
human cellular membranes and combined with gluconic
acid strengthens the walls of the gut to combat yeast infections like candida. (source: Seedsof Health)