Kombucha is a traditional fermented drink that is made of sugar and black tea. It contains a variety of minerals, vitamins, and enzymes.
According to Wellness Mama, kombucha is a sweetened tea that is fermented with what is known as SCOBY or a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast to become a nutrient-rich beverage. The fermentation process takes about 7-12 days depending on the strength of the SCOBY and temperature.
Kombucha is a popular beverage that is available at most your local grocery stores and health food stores. Many people also brew at home using different methods including the continuous brew and batch method.
Health Benefits of Kombucha:
1. Cancer Prevention
Kombucha, the antioxidant-rich tea possesses anti-microbial properties, which helps in preventing conditions such as cancer. This is because it contributes productively to maintaining strong immune defense and cellular health. Studies have reported that glucaric acid, which is present in kombucha, is effective in the prevention of various types of cancer including breast cancer, colon, and pancreatic cancer.
Also, the detoxification qualities of the kombucha drink, contributes to the prevention of different cancers.
2. Diabetes Management
Kombucha is a natural therapeutic agent, that helps in suppressing the factors which cause diabetic conditions. A comparative study that includes kombucha and black tea reported that kombucha contains better inhibiting properties, when compared to black tea, and it helps in a superior deterrence of the elevated blood glucose levels.
The study has also reported that the tea exerts healing action on the pancreas of diabetic persons and also helps in guarding their kidney and liver functions thru the reduction of the concentration of urea, and other unfavorable activities occurring in the plasma membrane.
3. Reduce Heart Disease Risk
Heart disease is the world’s leading cause of death (22).
Studies showed that drinking kombucha can be beneficial for the heart, as this regulates cholesterol and lowers triglyceride levels in the blood.
Kombucha has been reported to be beneficial to the heart for some time, although research efforts in this area have been scarce. But, it is clear that, in animal models, kombucha helps in lowering triglyceride levels, and regulating cholesterol naturally.
Rat studies reported that kombucha can greatly improve 2 markers of these diseases, HDL and LDL cholesterol, in as little as 30 days.
More importantly, tea (especially that of green tea) protects LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation, which is thought to be a contributor to heart disease.
Green tea drinkers have approximately 31% lower risk of developing heart disease, a benefit that should also be present from drinking kombucha.
4. Relieves Arthritis Pain
Kombucha contains glucosamines which are beneficial in the prevention and treatment of all types of arthritis. The glucosamine present in kombucha stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid, which provides relief from the pain linked with arthritis and helps in the maintenance of cartilage structure.
Hyaluronic acid helps in reducing the lubrication, elasticity of the joints by empowering the connective tissue to bind the moisture and free radical damage.
5. Weight Loss
When the healthy microbes are depleted, diabetes and obesity can result. The antioxidant properties and natural acids present in kombicha may promote fat loss.
Kombucha, like apple cider vinegar, is known to increase metabolism, when consumed before meals. The black tea and green tea varieties of kombucha are particularly effective, when the antioxidant power of the tea and the symbiotic colony in the kombucha are combined.