Health Benefits of Kombucha

Though kombucha didn’t appear on the shelves of U.S. health food stores until the 1990s, humans have been swilling the fermented tea for more than 2,000 years. Legend holds that this mystical brew was first consumed by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in ancient China, one of the first civilizations to recognize the health benefits of kombucha. Whether you drink kombucha for those very purported health benefits or just because you enjoy the taste of the fermented tea drink, kombucha has a storied history with human health.

Sometimes referred to as “mushroom tea”, homemade kombucha is fermented by a colony of bacteria and yeast, which react to form a mushroom-like mass on top of the tea. Once fermented, kombucha becomes slightly effervescent, with a vinegary smell and tart taste. Fresh fruit juice and other flavors may be added to kombucha at the end of the brewing process to make the drink more palatable as drinking it straight is an acquired taste, to say the least.

Kombucha is typically classified as a “functional beverage”, or a nonalcoholic beverage with supposed health benefits. From beneficial probiotics to gut health here is a list of some of the health benefits of this fizzy drink.

Detoxification

Teeming with enzymes and bacterial acids, kombucha is believed to aid in natural detoxification. Gluconic acid, which is found in kombucha as well as in fruits and veggies, may bind to toxins to hep expel them from the body, according to scientific evidence.

Glucaric acid, also a product of kombucha tea fermentation, may boost the efficiency of the liver’s detoxifying tracts. While fo some, that may be more than enough reason to purchase their own scoby, or starter culture, others might need a few more reasons before adding regular kombucha to a healthy diet.

Improved Digestion

There is mounting evidence that the combination of organic acids, enzymes, and probiotics in kombucha may promote healthy digestion and soothe an upset stomach. Probiotics, sometimes referred to as “good gut bacteria” can help deter or provide relief from problems like IBS, diarrhea, and constipation.

A healthy human body has three to five pounds of bacteria and microbes (called the “microbiome”), but the microbiome can be depleted by stress, alcohol use, antibiotics, and other harmful organisms. By drinking the fermented beverage kombucha, you may be able to help replenish lost gut bacteria.

Immune System Stimulation

The healthy gut bacteria gained by drinking kombucha may help stimulate the immune system, which is thought to be closely connected to the living organisms in the gut. Probiotics, specifically those in fermented foods and gleaned from the fermentation process, can strengthen our natural defenses against harmful microbes and some forms of illnesses.

When our natural microbiome is depleted, harmful microbes such as ones that cause ulcers, diabetes or cancer can take hold. Kombucha also contains DSL and vitamin C, which may fend off inflammatory diseases, tumors, cell damage, and other concerns.

Arthritis Prevention

Another powerful compound found in Kombucha is glucosamine, which can stave off and treat all types of arthritis. Glucosamines enhance hyaluronic acid production, which may help protect cartilage and reduce arthritic pain.

Cancer Prevention

Recent research from Nature International Weekly Journal of Science highlights the anticancer power of the microbiome. The live microorganisms found in some kombuchas can reinformce our natural defenses from some forms of cancer and free radicals. These microbes may activate our natural cancer-killing cells.

Glucaric acid, which is found in kombucha and foods like grapefruit and cruciferous veggies, may help reduce cancer risk. Lactobacillus type microbes found in some kombucha may activate our natural cancer-killing cells. Allegedly, President Reagan consumed kombucha daily to combast stomach cancer for its noted defense about free radicals.

Energy Enhancement

In addition to small amounts of caffeine, kombucha contains energizing B vitamins and iron. The iron may increase hemoglobin in the blood, thereby enhancing oxygen flow.

Many people home brew kombucha for this very reason, while some brands focus on the energy-boosting effects as one of kombucha’s best benefits. A boost without the adverse effects that come with a high concentration of caffeine? That seems like a good alternative.

 

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