by VR Sreeraman on  July 27, 2010 at 4:57 PM General Health News
 Experts Urge Caution Over Side-effects of 'Miracle' Tea
Dubbed the 'miracle' tea, Kombucha tea can fight cancer, ward off infections, treat arthritis and can even help lose weight.

However, Kombucha tea, which is set to hit the Britain's market soon, may not be as good as it seem to be as health experts have warned of its side effects.

Health experts have warned there is a small risk of side effects with some people experiencing rashes, vomiting and jaundice.

There are also fears that the tea can become toxic if it is stored in ceramic containers that leach chemicals into the liquid.

Experts claim that the high numbers of bacteria give the immune system an energy boost, which helps the body get rid of harmful toxins.

Although the health benefits have not been scientifically proven, many regular drinkers claim to have been cured of ailments including arthritis pain, indigestion, kidney stones, eczema and insomnia.

It has also been credited with helping treat more serious illnesses such as cancer, high blood pressure and even improving failing eyesight.

The tea is thought to boost the body's metabolism, which can help weight loss - some people claim to have shed as much 30lb.

"Until more is known about both the health benefits and harmful effects surrounding this type of tea, consumption should be viewed with caution," the Daily Mail quoted Emma Williams of the British Nutrition Foundation as saying.

"There is little scientific evidence available in the literature to support the beneficial effects of this tea," she said.

Last year the tea was withdrawn from hundreds of health food stores in America after it was found to contain small amounts of alcohol, which the bacteria had produced.

Manufacturers were then ordered to ensure drinks contained no more than 0.5 per cent alcohol or issue warning labels on those with higher volumes.

"It is very good for the immune system, mostly because of its probiotic activity in the intestinal tract," said Alick Bartholomew of the Kombucha Tea Network.

"It is a live product and is very unpredictable - you can't predict what's going to happen.

"There have been more inquiries over the past few months from people wanting to know how to make it," he added.

Source: ANI

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