Kombucha is a fermented drink made from water, green or black tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. This collection of ingredients forms a substance known as a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or SCOBY, that encourages the growth of good bacteria and yeast. Kombucha is slightly sweet, and it becomes carbonated during fermentation.
This may sound trendy, but nothing about the concept of kombucha is new. In fact, kombucha tea’s alleged healing properties have been touted since it originated in China more than 2,000 years ago.
What are the Benefits of Kombucha?
Kombucha has a few health benefits which include:
Gut Health: During the kombucha fermentation process probiotic bacteria are produced. Probiotics are known to help improve digestion, reduce inflammation and even aid in weight loss.
Antibacterial Properties: Some bacteria are good for the body and some bacteria are bad for it. The black or green tea in kombucha has potent antibacterial properties, helping your body fight against harmful, infection-causing bacteria.
Antioxidants: When brewed with green tea, kombucha has powerful antioxidant properties that help detoxify the liver. Black tea also contains some antioxidants which become enhanced during the fermentation process.
Cardiovascular Health: Green tea is the magic ingredient in many kombucha recipes. This variety of tea is known to improve LDL and HDL cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease.
Diabetes: While some commercial kombucha beverages have added sugar, the kind brewed at home — or ones without post-brew added sweeteners — can help manage the symptoms of diabetes. This is due to the antioxidant content and its effect on the liver and kidney functions.
Liver Health: Let’s talk a bit more about the liver. The liver’s primary function is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract before it enters the body again. It also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs like acetaminophen. The antioxidants in kombucha may not only help protect the liver from oxidative stress but also any damage caused by the intake of too much acetaminophen.
So, is kombucha good for you? The short answer is: YES!
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