Kombucha Health Benefits
- March 23, 2019
- Sarah Sunatra
Kombucha, a fermented drink made from green or black tea bases, sugar, and good bacteria, is a drink that has lately been popularized into the consumer market. What was once a drink shared in exclusive health, fitness, and nutritional circles, is now something that is available for mass adoption. There is good reason for this, due to its various benefits. Here are some reasons you should try kombucha, or even make it a part of your lifestyle.
The drink originates from a bacteria-yeast mix that is combined with a tea base, and sugars. The actual “kombucha” drink is created with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, known as SCOBY. This process is what gives kombucha its distinct, sometimes off-putting taste. However, combined with newly marketed flavors it is instantly becoming a hit across supermarkets and local grocers.
There are many health benefits associated with kombucha. Research has cited that kombucha is a great source of antibiotics, due to it being a fermented food. The concentration of bacteria can help your gut biome, which can improve digestion. It is also high in antioxidants, due to the added black and green tea base, which helps protect the body from oxidative stress. It also contains various vitamins and minerals, such as B, C, B1, and B12 – a few of which are recommended as daily supplements to improve our health.
Here are a few other ways kombucha can help your health:
- Improve propensity for weight loss.
- Increase bone strength.
- Decrease inflammation.
- Stimulates the immune system through healthy gut bacteria.
- Proven to reduce cholesterol.
- Great energy enhancement drink, preferable over those with more sugar and calories.
- Currently undergoing research to improve mood through trace amounts of stress-reducing cortisol.
Kombucha has also been cited as a great alternative to green tea, as it offers similar benefits to the drink, and could be considered a new choice of healthy drinks in an already limited selection. With green tea already being cited as one of the healthiest beverages in the world, due to its bioactive compounds and antioxidants, kombucha made from a green tea base should yield more, if not the same benefits.
For those with intermittent or generational diseases, like diabetes or heart disease, kombucha can help mitigate both. Research has shown that kombucha has slowed down digestion and reduced blood sugar levels in small mice. In humans, it has been cited to improve liver and kidney functions marginally over time. Combined with a healthy tea base, it is likely to be even more beneficial.
There is a lot of information surrounding kombucha’s benefits, and risks. However, primarily it is a food that yields a lot of positive ways to mitigate health problems. Kombucha should be best taken with minimal sugar, and primarily green tea bases, to maximize its health benefits. Homemade kombucha is also an option for many people who want to experiment with their own flavors. However, it is suggested that one properly researches how to prepare it.