The miracle concoction of tea, sugar, and SCOBY has soared in popularity, especially among the fitness conscious millennials, for a couple of years now. Kombucha has been hailed as a super beverage with uncountable health benefits.
To top it all, this amber-hued, fizzy tea is available in a myriad of flavors and leaves a spectacular after taste. We take a closer look at the potential health benefits of Kombucha and explore the science
behind this fizzy tea.
1. Gut Healthy:
While the research is still in its infancy, the gut microbiome has been linked to everything from obesity, asthma, and allergies to autoimmune disorders such as arthritis and diabetes.
The microbiome is also linked to conditions such as depression, anxiety, and stress. These links explain why there is now an emphasis on maintaining a healthy gut!
Simply ingesting healthy bacteria doesn’t guarantee that it will colonize your gut and permanently live on there. In order to maintain a healthy gut, it is imperative to consume probiotics regularly. Kombucha contains live healthy bacteria i.e. probiotics, and continuous consumption can help keep your gut healthy.
Snapshot: Drinking Kombucha adds healthy bacteria in the gastrointestinal tracts, thus making your gut healthier, and many different aspects of your health including digestion, inflammation, and weight loss.
2. Rich source of Vitamins and Minerals:
Kombucha is rich in friendly bacteria species and vitamins B1, B6, B12, C and carotene.
According to some scientific and experimental studies, there is also the presence of manganese, iron, nickel, copper, and zinc in the fermented tea. The essential minerals are increased because of the metabolic activity of the fermented tea.
These vitamins and minerals also account for the tea’s reputation of helping with digestion, stimulating metabolism and even deterring infections in the body.
Snapshot: Drinking Kombucha helps bolster the body’s metabolism and immunity, making you less prone to feeling lethargic or falling prey to infections.
Free radicals are by-products of the various on-going processes in our bodies. The idea is to minimize their impact by consuming antioxidants. Antioxidants (polyphenols) scavenge free radicals, thereby decreasing oxidative stress.
Kombucha is high in antioxidants, known for decreasing inflammation, the root cause of many chronic diseases. Its regular consumption can also help reduce liver toxicity – a growing concern among most millennials because of increased dependence on fast-food meals.
Snapshot: Kombucha helps the body detoxify itself and helps eliminate toxins from the body, improve health and also promote weight loss.
In addition to small amounts of caffeine, Kombucha contains energizing B vitamins and Iron. Iron increases hemoglobin in the blood, enhancing oxygen flow throughout the body, thereby providing a great energy boost.
Kombucha is also loaded with billions of active enzymes, organic acids, and electrolytes. And is, therefore, able to increase stamina without a high concentration of caffeine and sugar as 90% of the sugar is consumed in the fermentation process.
Snapshot: Kombucha provides quick and easy energy without excessive caffeine or sugar – significant health deterrents.
Diabetes is the most common health disorder as of 2014 and affects a whopping 422 million people worldwide. Recent studies have shown that Kombucha, being a fermented beverage containing many antioxidants, reduces blood glucose levels, indicating that it is a great potential source for the treatment and prevention of diabetes and related complications.
Studies have also suggested that Kombucha exerts healing actions in the pancreas of diabetic patients and also ensures the smooth functioning of the liver and kidney processes by reducing the concentration of urea and other unfavorable activities in those areas.
Snapshot: Regular consumption of Kombucha can help prevent or cure diabetes, as new studies are now suggesting, Kombucha is a great potential source of antidiabetic treatment.
Probiotics are live microbial feed supplemented by food and beverages that positively affect the consumer, by improving the health of their intestinal cells, gut, providing relief from abdominal disorders, and sustaining overall digestive health. Kombucha has been praised extensively for its probiotic properties, which have been reported based on personal
observation and testimonials.
Along with the undeniable benefits of the fermented tea, ranging from helping with digestion, inflammation, weight loss, its probiotic nature is great for the skin as well. A detox and probiotic Kombucha cleanse is ergo, a great idea to help rid your body of all the toxicity that has been accumulated over the years.
Snapshot: The probiotic nature of the fermented drink helps improve intestinal and digestive health.
Cancer involves abnormal growth of cells in different parts of the body with a tendency to spread rapidly in the body. Kombucha tea has been claimed to possess’ anti-cancerous properties for many years now. The Central Oncological Research Unit and the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow has studies samples of Kombucha, showing that Kombucha prepared from black tea significantly inhibited the proliferation of prostate cancer.
Some anti-cancerous properties exhibited by Kombucha tea stated in scientific studies: (1)
Inhibition of cancer cell proliferation; (2) inhibition of gene mutation; (3) termination of
metastasis; and (4) induction of cancer cell apoptosis
Snapshot: Kombucha tea can block the growth of cancer cells, making Kombucha guzzlers less prone to various types of cancer.
Owing to the many therapeutic and prophylactic benefits of Kombucha, we can conclude that adding beverages like kombucha tea to your diet might improve your health in many ways. However, it is
important to prepare it with perfection for it to be the ideal health drink. Over-fermentation of the tea may pose some risks. Hence, if you decide to ferment your Kombucha tea, it is advisable to consume in small doses in the beginning, until you have mastered the fermentation procedure.