Kombucha Tea: What is it and is it Good for you?


With the start of a new year, like most people I have been thinking about how I can make this year better than the last. One thing I have been thinking about is looking for ways to be a healthier version of myself in 2017.

With a young daughter, you start to think about all the things you want to be around for and how important it is now to start taking care of yourself. Plus, as the dreaded 3-0 creeps closer and closer to what is now only a matter of weeks away, it makes you think about what health changes you need to make from your 20s to your 30s.

One thing I have been looking at are all the different diet additions touted as the newest, miraculous health wonders. One of which is kombucha tea.

What is Kombucha Tea?

What appears to be the most fashionable beverage on the health scene, this ancient chinese drink touted the “immortal health elixir” has people going crazy over its apparent health benefits. With claims of fighting cancer to preventing numerous diseases, it is no wonder people are quick to jump on the kombucha bandwagon.

Kombucha in plain English is a fermented tea. Strains of bacteria, yeast and sugar, are mixed with black or green tea and left to ferment. This process takes around seven days and then kombucha is born (source).

During the fermentation process, what looks like a mushroom develops and floats on top of the liquid. This little mushroom-like creation is actually called a  symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or a SCOBY. It is why kombucha gets the name ‘mushroom tea’. This SCOBY can also be used again to ferment new batch of kombucha.

What Are the Health Benefits of Kombucha Tea?

In the early 20th century lots of research went into the health benefits of kombucha. Russian scientists conducted a number of studies trying to pinpoint the exact benefits of kombucha, hoping it would lead to a cure for cancer.

In the 90s kombucha made debut across the US. A lot of the previous Russian and German research was then made available in English as interest sparked in the now popular drink.

It turns out, most people could benefit positively health wise from drinking kombucha on a daily basis.  Mainly due to what goes on during fermentation, this old chinese tea packs a serious health punch.

Probiotic Power

I have already written a number of articles on the sheer magnitude of benefits probiotics have to offer which you can read here.

The wonder of healthy bacteria does everything from aiding digestion to boosting immunity and any probiotic food makes a great dietary addition.

During the fermentation process of kombucha, huge amounts of probiotic bacteria is produced (source). So if you’re low on good bacteria, this is one drink which is definitely worth adding to your diet.

Don’t Forget About The Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea is one of the main ingredients that creates this wonder drink. This means it carries many of the same chemical properties and of course, the same health benefits.

Most people know green tea is possibly the healthiest beverage known to man, ever. Rich in antioxidants and bioactive compounds, such as polyphenols (Source).

So much research has gone on over the years into the vast number of health benefits green tea offers its drinkers. A number of studies have even shown that drinking green tea reduces the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer.

It May Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), overall, heart disease is the biggest cause of death throughout the entire world.

Most recently, studies show that kombucha can improve two main markers of the disease.

It May Aid The Management of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a disease which although being manageable, still affects over 300 million people throughout the world.

The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released seriously worrying figures, stating that not only are millions suffering from type 2 diabetes, millions more people are prediabetic, meaning their blood sugar is abnormally high, but not high enough to be classed as type 2 diabetes.

One study on rats with diabetes showed that kombucha tea improved both liver function and reduced blood sugar levels. With diabetes becoming the mass pandemic figures have shown, any dietary measure which can prevent or reverse the disease is worth considering as a necessary dietary supplement.

Conclusion

Obviously with scientific results like these. It is clear to see that adding a cup of kombucha into your daily routine could be worth it if it means reaping all of those health benefits. I don’t know about you, but I am seriously considering give this health elixir a try!

One thing to be careful of however, kombucha is considered safe when drinking the store bought version, however, when fermented incorrectly it can be seriously dangerous. So don’t try and make your own, stick to Amazon instead!

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