Kombucha Proven to Protect the Liver

kombucha and liver disease

By Case Adams, Naturopath

Researchers from India’s Jadavpur University have discovered that kombucha, a probiotic fermented tea, protects the liver’s cells against damage from toxicity.

The researchers tested liver cells by exposing them to tertiary butyl hydroperoxide, a potent toxin that damages liver cells similarly to other environmental toxins such as paracetamol and carbon tetrachloride. In the study, the toxin exposure caused the liver cells to die or become damaged – primarily from the cell membranes becoming damaged and porous.

However, those cells that were exposed to the toxin along with treatment with kombucha tea avoided much of this damage from the toxin exposure, as their protective cell membrane integrity increased. The kombucha-treated liver cells had significantly less damage, as the kombucha protected the cells from damage from the toxin’s free radical oxidation.

The researchers stated:

“Kombucha tea was found to modulate the oxidative stress induced apoptosis in murine hepatocytes probably due to its antioxidant activity and functioning via mitochondria dependent pathways and could be beneficial against liver diseases, where oxidative stress is known to play a crucial role.”

The study was published in the medical journal Pathophysiology.

Liver disease and damage to liver cells has become more common as we are exposed to increasingly higher levels of toxins. Thousands of new toxins have been released into our environment over the past fifty years, and our consumer goods contain higher levels of toxicity. These, along with increased pharmaceutical use, alcohol consumption and poor dietary habits, have contributed to increased rates of liver disease and liver damage over the past few decades.

Kombucha tea is made by fermenting a culture of bacteria and yeast together with tea and a sweetener. It is an ancient beverage that has been prepared and consumed in Asia and Europe for many centuries. Kombucha tea has increasingly become popular in the United States over the past few years.

Many of the detoxifying, health-giving properties of kombucha are produced by these bacteria and yeasts.

Learn more about fermented foods and probiotics.


Bhattacharya S, Gachhui R, Sil PC. Hepatoprotective properties of kombucha tea against TBHP-induced oxidative stress via suppression of mitochondria dependent apoptosis. Pathophysiology. 2011 Jun;18(3):221-34.

Case Adams is a California Naturopath with a PhD in Natural Health Sciences, and Board Certified Alternative Medicine Practitioner. He has authored 26 books on natural healing strategies. “My journey into writing about alternative medicine began about 9:30 one evening after I finished with a patient at the clinic I practiced at over a decade ago. I had just spent the last two hours explaining how diet, sleep and other lifestyle choices create health problems and how changes in these, along with certain herbal medicines and other natural strategies can radically yet safely turn ones health around. As I drove home that night, I realized I needed to get this knowledge out to more people. So I began writing about health with a mission to reach those who desperately need this information. The strategies in my books and articles are backed by scientific evidence along with wisdom handed down through traditional medicines for thousands of years.” Case connects with the elements by surfing, hiking and being a beach bum.

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