In a room full of people if you blurt out the name Kombucha, you are sure to attract some confused but inquisitive looks. With its enigmatic and exotic sounding name, it never fails to attract attention. Plus, just like its name, Kombucha’s origin is relatively a mystery.
It is said to have first originated in Northeast Asia from where, with the help of traders and travelers, it spread to the rest of the world. It’s powerful healing benefits earned it several titles like “Elixir of Life”, “Remedy for Immortality”, “Sea Treasure” etc.
Kombucha is very popular in Asia, especially Japan, and it is slowly but surely gaining much deserved popularity in the Western world as well.
In fact, look around in your nearest heath food store and chances are that you will find yourself a bottle of this tart, fizzy and refreshing drink.
But what exactly is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea that is a potent concoction of highly nutritious yeast and bacteria. It is a raw probiotic that is naturally carbonated. Even though it is sometimes referred to Kombucha mushroom tea, it is not a mushroom.
How is it made?
There are 4 ingredients that go into making this tea: Black tea, Water, Sugar and a culture known as SCOBY, which stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. Scoby looks similar to a mushroom; hence the misconception of Kombucha being a mushroom.
Once the culture is added to the mixture of tea, water and sugar, it is left to get fermented;, the resulting health elixir contains probiotics, vinegar, alcohol, B vitamins and other substances like active enzymes, organic acids, polyphenols and more. This is a very powerful potion that is extremely good for your entire body.
But know that brewing Kombucha in non sterile homes can cause adverse reactions.
Proposed Benefits of Kombocha Tea
1. Detoxification– Regular drinkers of Kombucha swear by its detoxifying power. Research shows that when fermented, Kombucha produces glucuronic acid, which has been shown to have cancer fighting abilities. It plays a huge role in systemic detoxification.
Glucuronic acid is synthesized in liver. It combines with toxins, drugs and certain hormones to either transport them to different parts of the body or to eliminate them from the system. When combined with the harmful toxins, through a process called conjugation, it becomes water soluble and passes out through the body easily. It also prevents the toxins from getting reabsorbed by the intestines.
Urine analysis of regular Kombucha drinkers have shown that it helps expel the environmental toxins that gets built up internally. These include Mercury, Cesium, Lead and Benzol.
2. Arthritis– Kombucha is rich in Glucosamine which is found in the cartilages, synovial fluid and mucous membranes. Research shows that it promotes the formation of cartilage, and repairs joints. It can help reduce pain in people with osteoarthritis
Kombucha also contains hyaluronic acid which is found in our synovial fluid. Those with arthritis have insufficient fluid for lubrication. So the hyaluronic acid in Kombucha maintains the cartilage and tissue structure. It provides the necessary lubrication and moisture to the joints, allowing for a more flexible and pain free range of motion.
3. Digestive Health– Kombucha is rich in probiotics which is fantastic for your digestive health. It contains S. boulardii and Lactobacillus which stabilizes our system, promoting the growth of good bacteria and eliminating the bad ones.
Despite being acidic, Kombucha doesn’t harm our intestines, it shifts the pH balance slightly to the acidic side to inhibit the growth of bad (putrefactive) bacteria. This prevents the formation of molds, undesirable yeast and bacteria, especially Candida.
4. Strengthens the immune System– Proponents claim Kombucha to be an immune boosting tea. It is very rich in antioxidants that eliminates the free radicals that can cause cell damage. Kombucha is said to have antimicrobial, antiviral and hepatoprotectiive properties. As if that was not enough, supporters also claim that Kombucha slows down aging.
Because of being relatively new to the West, there hasn’t necessarily been a lot of research done on Kombucha. But it is slowly building a cult following of people who can’t thank it enough for its benefits. It is always good to be skeptical. Kombucha tea doesn’t really cure anything, what it does do is provide our body with everything it needs to heal itself.
It cleanses, nourishes and restores the body. Kombucha is definitely worth a try! But just to warn you- Kombucha is an acquired taste. So when drinking it for the first time, remembers how incredibly powerful it is…that will make it taste more delicious.
In the comments below, tell me, have you ever tried Kombucha? Please share your experience below.