Kombucha Application in Health: Systematic Review
Greice Dotto Simoes, Cainá Correa do Amaral, Camila Perello Ferrua, Amanda de Lima Aldrighi, Karoline Brizola de Souza, Geovanna Peter Correa, Roberta Giorgi and Fernanda Nedel*
Research Group on Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology Applied to Health (GP Cell), Graduate Program in Health and Behavior, Catholic University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil
*Corresponding Author: Fernanda Nedel, Research Group on Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology Applied to Health (GP Cell), Graduate Program in Health and Behavior, Catholic University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil.
June 23, 2022; Published: July 11, 2022
The kombucha beverage (KB) is a drink resulting from the fermentation of sweetened teas or juices containing a symbiotic consortium of bacteria and yeast as inoculum, also known as Scooby. KB consumption has become popular worldwide due to its various claims and some scientifically established properties including anti-diabetic, hepatoprotective and antioxidant potential, and its effects in metabolic disorders, atherosclerosis, inflammatory problems, arthritis, and cancer. Thus, KB have been studied in animal models to better comprehend its possible effects on human health. Given the above, the present study aimed to systematically review the literature in order to establish in which human health conditions have KB been applied considering animal models. A search was carried out in PubMed, Scopus, Scielo, ScienceDirect, and ISI Web of Knowledge, using the descriptors “(Kombucha [MeSH])” and “(Kombucha tea [MeSH])”. Of the 1214 studies found, 40 were included in the systematic review. A total of 24 human health conditions have been investigated considering the use of KB using as experimental research animal models. The health conditions: diabetes, hepatotoxicity and physiological conditions were the most prevalently studied. In conclusion, KB has been studied in diverse human health conditions considering animal models, showing a great potential to modulate biological parameters in both physiological and pathological conditions.
Keywords:kombucha Beverage; Human Health; Animal Model; Physiological Condition; Pathological Condition
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