ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTIFUNGAL ACTIVITIES OF BLACK AND GREEN KOMBUCHA TEAS - BATTIKH - 2012 - Journal of Food Biochemistry - Wiley Online Library
Drinking kombucha will not ‘give you’ a yeast infection....
This recent research is very worth reading - Journal of Food Biochemisty (2012). Researchers, Battikh, Chaieb & Ammar, screened kombucha fermented black tea for antibacterial and anti-fungal activity against a range of human pathogenic bacteria and candida yeasts.
The results show that after 21 days of fermentation, kombucha exerted considerable antimicrobial activity. This was particularly evident against all the tested bacteria (ie. Staphylococcus, E.Coli and Listeria). Kombucha also showed considerable antifungal activity against most of the pathogenic Candida yeasts tested (but some more than others). The tricky thing in relation to candida though, is that when tested for candida people get a diagnosis of ‘candida’ without knowing what range of stains they actually have. Hence, some people benefit more from kombucha than others. The research is really worth a read.