10 of the Most Intriguing Health Benefits of Kombucha
Kombucha started gaining popularity in the United States as a favorite drink among the hipster community. The fermented tea beverage has gained even more popularity recently. Many kombucha lovers tout the health benefits of the beverage while others just love the sour taste.
This beverage, though only recently gaining popularity in the United States, has been around for a very long time, around 2,200 years.
Some Background on Kombucha
Kombucha was originally used approximately 2,200 years ago in China for its energizing and detoxifying properties. As trade routes from China expanded, kombucha made its way to Russia and other areas of Eastern Europe. During World War II, kombucha made its way to Germany and by the 1950’s, it made its way to France and North Africa.
The first claims about it being beneficial to the health of those that drink it were made in the 1960’s by Swiss scientists, who claimed it could improve gut health, similar to the way yogurt does.
In recent years, kombucha has regained some popularity thanks to the hipster community in the United States. In many areas of the US, you can purchase both alcoholic and non-alcoholic kombucha from a grocery store or gas station.(Source)
How It’s Made
Kombucha starts from a green tea or a black tea that is used as a base. To this tea, you add white sugar that has been fermented for one to two weeks with SCOBY, a tea fungus. There are many recipes and tips available online for making kombucha that can be easily accessed through search engines like Google. The process of fermenting beverages can be complicated and should not be taken lightly.
You should research the process and the necessary tools fully before ever starting to brew kombucha, so you’re prepared for whatever the fermentation process might throw your way.
Potential Health Benefits Of Kombucha
There are many health benefits that kombucha is rumored to help, but the jury is still out on most of them as to whether or not they’re actually true universally or not. Gut health is the most popularly rumored benefit of kombucha. This is due to the theory that foods and beverages that are lightly fermented can help healthy bacteria colonize in your gut and potentially improve your gut health.
This idea of the probiotics like those found in kombucha and yogurt improving your gut health isn’t 100% confirmed as simply consuming probiotics doesn’t necessarily mean they will colonize in your stomach.(Source)
The truth is that it takes long-term consumption of these items to have a chance of them colonizing in your gut. Other rumors surrounding the health benefits of kombucha include the following: diabetes prevention, lower cholesterol levels, blood detoxification, lower blood pressure, counteracting aging, and preventing cancer.
While some of these ideas are promising and are being researched, others are utter nonsense. Only time will tell the true health benefits of kombucha.
Kombucha has gained popularity in recent years due in no small part to the hipster community. It was originally used as medicine in Ancient China. This sour-tasting fermented tea is rumored to offer many health benefits. Not all of which have a chance of being true.
Like most fermented beverages of a similar nature (beer, cider), kombucha can be made either alcoholic or non-alcoholic. It can be made relatively easily in your home with a little research.
While very few of the rumored health benefits of kombucha are proven true, it is still a delicious beverage that is gluten-free and doesn’t necessarily have to be alcoholic, so it can be enjoyed by most everyone.
10 Health Benefits Of Kombucha You Need To Know
For over 2000 years Kombucha has been consumed for its health benefits, even being called “The Tea Of Immortality”. From beneficial probiotics to gut health, in this infographic we’ve listed 10 benefits of Kombucha you need to know.
The B vitamins in kombucha, may help battle depression, stabilize mood, and enhance concentration. The vitamin C in kombucha, in turn, inhibits the release of stress hormone cortisol
Teeming with enzymes and bacterial acids, kombucha is believed to aid in natural detoxification
There is mounting evidence that the combination of organic acids, enzymes, and probiotics in kombucha may promote healthy digestion and soothe an upset stomach
Kombucha, like apple cider vinegar, is thought to increase metabolism when consumed before meals which may increase weight loss
Boosted Immune System
The healthy gut bacteria gained by drinking kombucha may help stimulate the immune system. It is thought to be closely connected to the living organisms in the gut.
The live microorganisms found in some kombuchas can reinforce our natural defences against some forms of cancer and free radicals. These microbes may activate our natural cancer-killing cells
Research further suggests that kombucha may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels. In studies with animals, kombucha was able to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol while increasing levels HDL. (Source)
In addition to small amounts of caffeine, kombucha contains energizing B vitamins and iron. The iron may increase haemoglobin in the blood, thereby enhancing oxygen flow
Another powerful compound found in kombucha is glucosamine, which can stave off and treat all types of arthritis
Enhanced Athletic Performance
According to athletic enthusiasts, kombucha raises energy levels during exercise and aids in post-workout recovery, alleviating joint pain.
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