What is Kombucha?
Popular for thousands of years, Kombucha is a fermented tea full of health benefits in addition to being rich in probiotics.
Here is a list of the top five benefits of adding kombucha to your daily routine!
1. It’s rich in probiotics
Kombucha is produced by mixing certain strains of bacteria, yeast, and sugar to black or green tea that’s fermented for a week or more. While it ferments, the bacteria and yeast come together to create a mushroom-like blob on the surface of the tea, making kombucha known as “mushroom tea.” The fermentation produces probiotics that provide the gut with healthy bacteria, aiding digestion, inflammation, and even weight loss.
2. Drinking Kombucha Has The Same Benefits As Drinking Green Tea
After fermentation, kombucha made with green tea still contains all the same health benefits that green tea holds. Polyphenols, a compound found in green tea, acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body that fight reactive molecules that which can damage your cells. Research of green shows that people who drink it regularly burn more calories, have lower levels of cholesterol, see reduced amounts of belly fat, and more. Green tea has also been shown to possibly reduce the risk of prostate, breast, and colon cancer.
3. Kombucha Can Kill Bacteria
Kombucha contains acetic acid, which can help the body get rid of harmful microorganisms. Kombucha made with both green and black tea has been found to be particularly effective against infection-causing bacteria and certain yeasts. One study even discovered that kombucha has similar antimicrobial and growth-promoting results as some antibiotics!
4. Kombucha May Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes
A study conducted with diabetic rats reported that kombucha lowered the animals’ blood sugar levels by slowing down their carb digestion. Kombucha is also linked to more effective kidney and liver function, especially when made with green tea, and one study of 300,000 people found that people who drank green tea had an 18% lower risk of becoming diabetic.
5. Kombucha Is Healthy When Made Properly
While most kombucha drinkers buy theirs from the store, some experiment with making their own; however, those do-it-yourselfers should be careful. Contaminated or over-fermented kombucha can cause serious (and even deadly!) health problems. A more common issue with homemade kombucha, however, is that most does contain a 3% alcohol content, which is why it’s safer to buy kombucha at the store, as commercial products have to contain less than 0.5% alcohol to be considered alcohol-free. Nonetheless, be sure to watch out for added sugars that manufacturers often add to store-bought kombucha.