Kombucha is an amazing drink with incredible health benefits that is called the “immortal Health Elixir” for a reason. It is a fermented drink made from black tea and sugar from various sources including cane sugar, fruit or honey which is used as functional food. The colony of bacteria and yeast it contains are the reason for the fermentation when combined with sugar.
After the process, the kombucha becomes carbonated and contains vinegar, b-vitamins, enzymes, probiotic and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic and lactic). They are responsible for:
- Improved Digestion
- Weight Loss
- Increased Energy
- Cleansing and Detoxification
- Immune Support
- Reduced Joint Pain
- Cancer Prevention
The bacteria and yeast that ferment the drink is called SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). Kombucha can be prepared at home or purchased at health stores for $3-$5 a bottle.
These are the probiotic this beverage contains:
- Gluconacetobacter (>85 percent in most samples)
- Acetobacter (<2 percent)
- Lactobacillus (up to 30 percent in some samples)
- Zygosaccharomyces (>95 percent)
This is what it’s been learned from a study about kombucha conducted by researchers from the University of Latvia:
“It is shown that [kombucha] can efficiently act in health preservation and recovery due to four main properties: detoxification, anti-oxidation, energizing potencies, and promotion of boosting immunity.”
Here are the seven main health benefits you will get from this beverage:
It will detoxify your body by counteracting liver cell toxicity. According to a study, the liver cells were protected from oxidative injury and actually maintained their normal physiology, in spite of being exposed to a toxin. According to researchers, this was “probably due to its antioxidant activity and could be beneficial against liver diseases, where oxidative stress is known to play a crucial role.”
It also fights off free radicals that create mayhem in the digestive system, and the greatest reason for improving the digestion is the high levels of beneficial acid, probiotic and enzymes. It also heals leaky gut, stomach ulcers and Candida.
The black tea releases iron during the fermentation process. It also contains very small amounts of caffeine and B-vitamins, all responsible for boosting the energy.
Through a special process known as chelation, the iron released helps boost blood hemoglobin, improving oxygen supply to tissues and stimulating the energy-producing process at the cellular level. In other words, by helping the body create more energy (ATP), the ancient tea can help those who regularly drink it stay energized.
It’s been clinically proven that kombucha decreases oxidative stress and related immuno-suppression, a powerful antioxidant known as D-saccharic acid-1, 4-lactone (DSL) was discovered during the kombucha fermentation process that’s not found in black tea alone.
According to scientists’ beliefs, the main reason for kombucha’s ability to protect the cells from damage is DSL and the vitamin C.
Kombucha repairs and prevents joint damage in many ways. The tea is rich in glucosamines, which increase synovial hyaluronic acid production and supports the preservation of collagen and prevents arthritic pain. It also supports collagen of the entire body and reduces the appearance of wrinkles on the skin.
It has great benefits with preventing cancer and recovery. According to a study published in Cancer Letters, consuming glucaric acid found in kombucha reduced the risk of cancer in humans. Even president Reagan was known to drink kombucha while battling his stomach cancer.
A 2005 study shows that kombucha boosts the metabolism and restricts fat accumulation. Kombucha is rich in acetic acid (just like apple cider vinegar is) and polyphenols, substances proven to help with losing weight.