What is Kombucha Tea?
Kombucha tea is an increasingly popular drink made by fermenting a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) in Green, Oolong, White or Black Tea. It is a sparkling, fermented, drink that vaguely resembles apple cider in taste. Not all Kombucha tea has the same taste or ingredients, these vary depending on the bacteria and yeast strains used to make the beverage, as well as the base tea.
Kombucha Tea History
The exact origins of this tea is, to this day, still disputed. The general consensus is that this brew was first discovered in Ancient China. The first ever record that testifies of the existence of Kombucha dates back to 221 BC, during the Tsin Dynasty. It was referred to as “The Tea of Immortality”.
This tea has, since then, spread across the world to Russia, Eastern and Western Europe, as well as Japan. It is thought that the distinct name of this tea comes from Japan. After spreading through Europe, consumption of this beverage declined dramatically due to the two World Wars, after which it was thought to have died out. After World War II, Kombucha was brought back into the attention of the public when Dr. Rudolph Skelnar started to use it for treating metabolic disorders, diabetes and high blood pressure, with a certain degree of success.
This fizzy beverage is made from fermenting special bacteria and yeast (culture), together with sugar, in Green, Oolong, White or Black Teas.
The bacteria and yeast used to make this tea are the main reason for its unique flavor and fizz. As mentioned earlier, not all Kombucha Teas will contain the same strains, but the ones found in the list below are very popular:
- Saccharomyces (most commonly found)
Benefits of Drinking Kombucha Tea
1. Weight Loss
Studies have shown that drinking this tea improves your metabolism and limits fat accumulation. The effects and results are similar to those of Kou Tea. This beverage supports weight loss because it has a high concentration of acetic acid and polyphenols, ingredients known to increase weight loss.
2. Improves Digestion
Packed full of antioxidants from the teas it is fermented in (Green, White), this brew fights the free radicals that cause the improper function of you digestive system. Kombucha Tea has high levels of probiotics, enzymes and beneficial acids that support digestion and maintain the gastrointestinal track working perfectly.
3. Promotes Joint Health
This tea can help repair, heal and prevent joint damage, if consumed regularly. The glucosamines present in its composition increase the production of hyaluronic acid in the body. Increased levels of hyaluronic acid support the preservation of collagen and prevent the early apparition of arthritis. Steady levels of collagen in the body also promote skin regeneration and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
4. Great Detox Treatment
The detoxifying properties of Kombucha Tea is massive, similar to those of Cleanse Tea. The most notable detox effects of this tea can be seen in the liver. Drinking this beverage on a regular basis helps your organism fight liver cell toxicity. The liver cells are protected from the oxidative actions of toxins and are maintained at their normal physiology and in perfect working order.
5. Energy Boost
When the bacteria and yeast are fermented in Black Tea, the Kombucha resulted will contain iron released from the base tea in the fermentation process. This iron boosts blood hemoglobin, increasing the oxygen supply to the cells so that extra energy can be produced. The brew also contains small amounts of caffeine and b-vitamins.
6. Fortifies the Immune System
Kombucha contains D-saccharic acid-1, 4-lactone (DSL), which is a powerful antioxidant. This compound has the ability to regulate and control free radical levels in the body, keeping them low. Together with Vitamic C, the DSL present in this brew protect against cell damage, tumors, inflammatory affections and help keep the immune system functioning properly. In addition to the above mentioned ingredients, this tea also contains probiotics that are known for maintaining the immune system in great conditions.