Kombucha is fermented black or green tea. Thanks to the thick, semi-solid mat of live microorganisms that float at its surface, kombucha is also known as “mushroom tea” and enjoys a distinctive visual appeal. The mat, which can look a bit like several layers of saggy pancakes, is also known as a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY), and it’s essential to the creation of kombucha. Just like it does in beer, the yeast eats the sugars in the tea and excretes alcohol and acid. The bacteria have a symbiotic relationship with the yeast. After fermentation, the tea is a little fizzy, slightly alcoholic, and contains both vinegar and a host of thriving bacteria.
7 Health Benefits of kombucha Elixir
Kombucha contains abundant antioxidants including vitamins E, C, beta-carotene, and other carotenoids. Like black tea, kombucha also contains polyphenols and other compounds with antioxidant powers. But because it is fermented, kombucha is much more powerful than plain tea. Its antioxidant activity has been found to be 100 times higher than vitamin C and 25 times higher than vitamin E.
Research dating back to 1929 found kombucha can decrease blood sugar levels. More recent animal studies report that kombucha significantly reduces blood sugar levels in diabetic rats.Another study suggested kombucha may be considered a candidate for the treatment and prevention of diabetes.
Organic acids found in kombucha convert trivalent iron compounds from plant sources to divalent iron ions. This makes iron from plant sources more available to the body. And vitamin C in kombucha enhances iron absorption. Researchers suggest kombucha is particularly recommended for elderly people and vegetarians because it enhances the absorption of iron and helps prevent iron deficiency.
Kombucha contains several amino acids, methylxanthine alkaloids (caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and B vitamins (including folic acid-B9), necessary for normal metabolism in the nervous system. It can help with headaches, nervousness, and epilepsy prevention. It may also prevent depression in the elderly.
Kombucha has also been proven beneficial for cancer prevention and recovery. A study published in Cancer Letters found that by consuming glucaric acid found in kombucha reduced the risk of cancer in humans.
Kombucha may help eliminate kidney damage caused by environmental pollutants and may be beneficial to patients suffering from renal impairment.Kombucha has also been used to prevent calcification in the kidney and may prevent the formation of kidney stones.
Going one step further with the digestive benefits of kombucha, the better we can digest our food (both absorb and evacuate), the better chance we have at losing excess weight. This weight loss is usually experienced only for people that are over weight. In fact we have seen the opposite in people that are under weight, as kombucha will also help these people absorb their food easier.
Kombucha can also aid in the relief of:
1 organic kombucha SCOBY
16 cups of water
8-10 black tea bags (must be caffeinated)
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 gallon glass jar
1 piece of fabric or paper towel to seal the top of the jar
1 rubber band
Directions: Heat eight cups of water in a large pot over high heat. Add the tea bags and let them steep for a half hour. Once steeped, stir in the turbinado until it is completely dissolved. Mix in the remaining water and remove the pot from the stove.
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