Kombucha can be described as ‘fermented tea’ and it’s sometimes called mushroom tea even though it doesn’t have any mushrooms. Kombucha is made by adding bacteria and yeast to a mixture of black or green tea and sugar. This drink has become increasingly popular as a potential source of probiotics. Kombucha is typically classified as a “functional beverage” or a non alcoholic beverage with supposed health benefits.
A powerful compound found in kombucha is glucosamine which can stave off and treat all types of arthritis. Glucosamines enhance hyaluronic acid production, which may help to protect cartilage and reduce arthritic pain.
In addition to small amounts of caffeine, kombucha contains energizing B vitamins and iron. The iron may increase hemoglobin in the blood thereby enhancing oxygen flow. Many people home brew kombucha for this very reason, while some brands focus on the energy-boosting effects as one of kombucha’s best benefits. A boost without the adverse side effects that come with a high concentration of caffeine? That seems like a good alternative.
When your healthy microbes are depleted, obesity and diabetes can result. The natural acids and antioxidant properties found in the beverage may promote fat loss. Kombucha, like apple cider vinegar, is thought to increase metabolism when consumed before meals. The green tea and black tea varieties of kombucha are particularly effective by combining the antioxidant power of the tea and the symbiotic colony in the kombucha.
The B vitamins in kombucha, specifically vitamins B1, B6, and B12, may help battle depression, stabilize mood, and enhance concentration. The vitamin C in kombucha inhibits the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Kombucha can also reduce stress and give positive feelings. Kombucha is safe for pregnant women to drink but you should check with a doctor before indulging because it has little of alcohol in it.
The combination of organic acids, polyphenols, enzymes, and probiotics in kombucha can promote a healthy digestive system and soothe an upset stomach. Probiotics in it can help deter or provide relief from problems like diarrhea and constipation. By drinking the fermented beverage kombucha, you may be able to help replenish lost gut bacteria.