Kombucha isn't just another one of those food fads, it's actually carries some great and unique benefits with it. While there are countless benefits that vary on all scales of biology, we tried our best to narrow it down some some key favorites in this post.
First off, we just want to say we’re huge fans of kombucha! Ever since we tried it a few years ago. It’s a great, healthy alternative to alcohol, soda/pop, and any other beverage - which you can pretty much find a brand in any grocery store, market, or wellness shop.
What is kombucha?
First off, kombucha is simply fermented tea. After the tea has been fermented, it contains bacteria and yeast which results with the tea being carbonated and containing vinegar, B vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, more antioxidants, and a high concentration of acid (acetic, gluconic and lactic). Kombucha is usually made with black tea, but can also be made with green teas as well.
Benefits of Kombucha
Helps Prevent Diseases
Kombucha is full of antioxidants, which can help the body protect itself from diseases. It's been claimed that it can cure asthma, cataracts, diabetes, diarrhea, gout, herpes, insomnia and rheumatism. It can also help with inflammation which can be the root of many diseases.
Kombucha supports digestion with its high levels of beneficial acid, probiotics, amino acids and enzymes. Mainly to the bacteria kombucha contains. Obviously, it’s not harmful bacteria, but the beneficial kind (called “apathogens“) that compete with “bad” pathogen bacteria in the gut and digestive tract.
Can Improve Mental Health
With kombucha also containing vitamins, such as B vitamins which are known to increase energy levels and contribute to overall mental well-being. Gut health also plays an important role with mental health as both the gut and brain communicate with each other. And when the gut isn’t happy, it lets the brain know. Having a healthy gut can prevent or minimize the effects of anxiety and depression.
Powerful antibacterial agent
Even with the bacteria in it, kombucha surprisingly still preforms as a powerful antibacterial agent. The type of bacteria found in kombucha, drinking the live cultures actually destroys bad bacteria responsible for infections. Lab studies have shown the antibacterial effects impacts against staph, E. coli, Sh. sonnei, two strains of salmonella and Campylobacter jejuni. The last of those is probably the most common cause of food poisoning in the U.S. It can sometimes be followed by a condition called Guillian-Barré syndrome, where the immune system attacks the nervous system. In light of the massive perils of sustenance borne contaminations and critical expenses to treat, the FDA is exceptionally inspired by potential treatment techniques for C. jejuni.
Improves the cardiovascular system
Although there has been few studies showing it’s beneficial to the heart, kombucha helps lower triglyceride levels, as well as naturally regulate cholesterol.
Helps Protect The Lungs and The Liver
Kombucha can be a treatment method for silicosis, a lung disease caused by repeated exposure to silica particles. Scientists discovered that inhalation of kombucha can be a way to treat this and other diseases of the lungs caused by inhalation of dangerous material. But of course, kombucha is for drinking, not inhaling. ;)
As for the liver, which is a vital component in digestion and overall health since it helps filter and convert harmful compounds in the body. The antioxidants in kombucha may protect the liver from oxidative stress and damage induced by acetaminophen overdose.