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4 Incredible Health Benefits of Kombucha

January 15, 2014

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Hailed as the “immortal health elixir,” kombucha has been regarded as a panacea for over 2,000 years. Thought to have originated in Asia, kombucha spread from the Far East to Eastern Europe with its legendary reputation as the tea that promotes wellness.  Today, kombucha is a popular staple among the health and wellness crowd all over the world.

The secret to kombucha’s allure begins with its bacteria culture, also known as a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). This rubbery organism is placed in sweetened black or green tea and left to ferment for about a week in a glass container. As the culture digests the sugar, it produces a plethora of organic acids, enzymes, amino acids, B vitamins, and vitamin C.

This process creates an acidic probiotic beverage that nurtures healthy bacteria in the body and facilitates digestion. Additionally, this acid helps inhibit the growth of bad bacteria, especially Candida.

Read on to learn more about the health benefits of kombucha:

Detoxification

Kombucha is most known for its ability to detox the body. The enzymes and probiotics that form as a result of the fermentation process help to detox your system and ensure that the good bacteria remain active. Additionally, the large quantity of enzymes reduces your body’s pancreatic load and lessens the burden on your liver.

Joint Care

Kombucha contains a high number of glucosamines which help to prevent joint degeneration. Glucosamines offer joints moisture, lubrication, and flexibility which helps protect against free radical damage. Kombucha also produces vitamin B3, which helps to open up blood vessels and improve blood flow to arthritic joints.

Digestion

Kombucha is known to improve digestion and nutrient assimilation. Its high content of probiotic bacteria and yeast help to protect your gut and ward off parasites and pathogens. It is particularly successful at minimizing Candida.

Immune Boosting

Packed with antioxidants, kombucha is said to enhance your immune system and energy levels. The fermentation process encourages the growth of probiotics, which help to maintain a healthy and strong immune system.

While some may be skeptical to fork over $5 for a fizzy drink that has tiny pieces of yeast floating around and smells of vinegar, many who have tried kombucha are hooked.  In fact, proponents of the beverage often even brew their own and experiment with a variety of flavors and additions such as chia seeds. Once you find a mother SCOBY, it is a simple and cost-efficient way to get your kombucha fix.

Although scientific facts regarding this beverage may be limited, the extensive history regarding its numerous health benefits are enough to intrigue most people. You won’t know how you’ll feel about this fizzy tea until you give it a try!

What are your thoughts on kombucha?