It is a fermented drink with a base of Black or Green Tea that provides several medicinal benefits. The fermentation process is started by a mixture of bacteria and yeast after it’s combined with sugar. Yes, that’s right! Organic cane sugar is recommended to create a healthy drink. However, a lot of the sugar is consumed by the yeast during the fermentation process so very little of it remains in the tea.
The bacteria and yeast comes in the form of a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). A SCOBY is not a mushroom but people do often refer to it as a mushroom. A SCOBY can be purchased at a health shop or online. The tea helps improve gut health, detoxification, weight loss, energy, and the immune system and much more.
Gut Health: The drink has high levels of beneficial acid, probiotics, bacteria and enzymes that helps with the digestion system, leaky gut, and ulcers. The (apathogens) good bacteria increases leaving less room for the bad bacteria that leaves us feeling bloated and with negative digestion health.
Detoxification: Kombucha detoxifies different areas of the body due to the very many anti-oxidants.
Weight Loss: It’s high in acetic acid and polyphenols which is helpful in weight loss.
Energy: The tea contains iron, small amounts of caffeine, and B Vitamins.
Immune System: There are several anti-oxidants and vitamins found in kombucha that support the immune system in a variety of ways. A significant role that some anti-oxidants plays in kombucha is to control free radicals that are harmful to the immune system. A powerful anti-oxidant is D-saccharic acid-1, 4-lactone (DSL) that guards against cell damage and inflammatory diseases. Vitamin C helps to protect against inflammatory diseases.