May 1, 2019
You’ve seen it at almost every store you have ventured into. It is becoming more and more popular these days than ever. Different flavours, varieties, and more companies than you can pronounce than the name itself. Kombucha.
The fermented tea dates back thousands of years and has numerous health benefits. It is often made from a combination of varying, or single teas, yeast, sugar, and a “Scoby”( Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). This “Scoby” is often referred to as the ‘mother’. This is allowed to sit for about a week to ferment. In the process of fermentation, acetic acid, minute trace levels of alcohol, and gas make the kombucha carbonated.
Benefits of Kombucha
Inside of all of this, healthy bacteria will grow. This bacteria is good for your gut, as it contains various lactic-acid bacteria, which can help balance out the gut microbiome, improve your digestion, help with relief of IBS symptoms, diarrhea, constipation, and even help with inflammation. Studies show it may help with stomach ulcers, and help stop the overgrowth of candida.
When made with green tea, it contains polyphenols, which act as antioxidants in the body. These help control blood sugar and improve cholesterol levels. These antioxidants also protect the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
Kombucha is believed to have many natural detoxifying agents such as D -Saccharic-acid, also known as glucaric-acid, which may boost the efficiency of the liver’s detoxifying tracts, as well as gluconic acid, which binds to toxins to help expel them from the body. The antioxidants found in kombucha may also help protect the liver from oxidative stress and damage brought on from over the counter drugs, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol).
It is thought that the immune system is closely connected to our gut, the beneficial bacteria that we are consuming from the kombucha is helpful in linking the two. We now know how important probiotics are to our gut health, and how abundant they are found in fermented food. Kombucha also contains the vitamins C and B vitamins B1, B6 and B12, which are all helpful for our immune system needs.
Since it is made with tea, there is a small amount of caffeine. In addition to this, there are B vitamins, as well as Iron, which of course, raises our hemoglobin in the blood and promotes oxygen flow. Many people are slowly turning away from coffee to this fermented drink, as it has a vast amount of health benefits.
Other ailments that some studies have shown Kombucha to be helpful in is managing diabetes. Due to the antioxidant properties, it can help with symptoms, especially concerning liver and kidney functions. It is also beneficial for heart health, as it lowers not only cholesterol but triglyceride levels as well. New research is pointing to cancer prevention with the consumption of kombucha. It is thought that the polyphenols found in kombucha help to block the gene mutation and growth of cancer cells while also promoting cancer cell death. The glucaric-acid, as well as lactobacillus type microbes found in some kombucha, may also activate cancer-killing cells.
In my own experience, kombucha has led me to a happier gut, more energy, an overall balanced mental state, and more mindful well being. So the next time you are in your health food store or grocery aisle, don’t turn your nose up to this smelly fermented drink with your well being at heart.