What are the Health Benefits of Kombucha?

Kombucha is a drink traditionally made by fermenting sweetened tea with what's referred to as a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast).

Throughout the fermentation process, the yeast converts the sugar in the tea to alcohol and the bacteria convert that alcohol to organic acids (such as acetic acid). What results is an invigorating, lightly fizzy and slightly sour drink.
Here’s a glance at some of the potential health benefits that researchers continue to study:

  • Helps Maintain Healthy Weight
Kombucha can be an alternate drink if you enjoy soda or juices yet are looking for a beverage with fewer calories and less sugar to lose or maintain your weight.
  • Helps Promote Mental Health
Kombucha is a probiotic beverage which does more than keep your gut healthy. In fact, gut microbiota plays an essential role in mental health. Therefore, drinking the tea can enhance mood, reduce the risk of depression and anxiety, and even promote mental clarity.
  • Supports Liver Health
Kombucha supports liver health, one of the body’s main detoxification organs. This is predominately because of the antioxidant value of kombucha. By supporting our liver function with antioxidant rich foods and drinks, we are able to eliminate toxins from our body.
  • Improves 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.
  • Boosts Cardiovascular Health

Heart disease increases the risk of stroke or heart attack, but healthy lifestyle changes can improve your cardiovascular health. This includes following a healthy diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. You should also incorporate exercise, medication, and yes, even kombucha.

Studies on rats show that kombucha can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol — two markers of heart disease — potentially even more so than green tea. 

Tea can also help protect LDL cholesterol particles from becoming oxidized, which is thought to be an even bigger driver of heart disease.
  • Strengthens the Immune System

Kombucha’s nutritional profile goes beyond probiotics, too, as it carries vitamins B1, B6, and B12, which help boost your immune system, regulate your mood, and produce red blood cells. You'll also get some vitamin C, an antioxidant important for your skin, bones, and heart.

Kombucha has three times more vitamin C than an orange (151 milligrams per 100 millilitres of kombucha compared with an orange's 51.1 milligrams).

So, is drinking Kombucha good for you? Our short answer is: YES!

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