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Kombucha improves the way the body handles glucose
Kombucha contains sucrose. So you would expect that type 2 diabetics would not respond well to kombucha. However, that doesn't seem to be the case. However, other components of kombucha, such as acetic acid, lactic acid and various bacterial populations, counteract the negative effect of sugar.
Both the kombucha and the placebo drink contained a freeze-dried ginger extract. The test subjects received 1440 milligrams ginger extract daily.
Before and after the supplementation period, Mendelsohn determined how much glucose was in the blood of the subjects early in the morning, even before the subjects had had breakfast. This fasting glucose level is an important biomarker for glucose metabolism. The lower the fasting glucose level, the better.
The researchers suspect that the components of kombucha make the pancreas work better. Another possibility is that kombucha component slow down the conversion of carbohydrates to bioavailable glucose.
"However, despite the sugar used in the fermentation process of kombucha, daily consumption did not raise fasting blood glucose levels to unhealthy levels in diabetics. This is clinically significant as many diabetics struggle to consume only water and counseling diabetic patients on drink choice is challenging for physicians."