The PR sounds like, finally, we have a cure-all. No, it's not homeopathy or chiropractic manipulation, but a fermented tea product — kombucha. Kombucha was originally a Chinese product with about 2,000 years of history. The Chinese called it the "elixir of life." Unfortunately, they didn't collect any data on its benefits. However, that hasn't stopped enthusiasts from promoting it for, well, just about anything. Just a few of the claims include:
- detoxifies the liver and helps prevent cancer
- prevents and treats "all forms of arthritis"
- aids digestion and gut health, which in turn helps with fibromyalgia and depression [?]
- strengthens the immune system since it is loaded with antioxidants
So what is this miraculous elixir? It's ...