Kombucha tea is a delicious fizzy drink that has been dramatically picking up speed in popularity, especially over the last few years. Not only is it yummy, it’s an excellent health drink. People who drink it are finding that not only is it something they enjoy but also something that gives them tangible improvements to their health and wellbeing.
The tea has been drunk for thousands of years in Tibet, China, Russia and Siberia and the ancient Chinese called it an “Immortal Health Elixir” for its amazing health benefits.
Before reading the 5 things you should know about Kombucha, remember that you should only buy and drink it in a raw, organic form. Pasteurization kills the cultures that make Kombucha so beneficial.
7 things you should know about Kombucha
1. Full of nutrients and vitamins
Kombucha tea is packed with activated enzymes, amino acids, vitamins (especially B12 and B6) and organic acids.
2. It’s anti-cancer
Kombucha is rich in glucaric acid which has been found to have potent anti-cancer activity. Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who won a Nobel prize in 1970, credited drinking Kombucha every day to helping him beat his stomach cancer during his time spent in Soviet Labour Camps. US President Ronald Regan was so inspired by Solzhenitsyn’s testimonial in 1987 that he himself drank Kombucha to stop the spread of his cancer.
3. It’s probiotic
Because Kombucha tea is a fermented drink, probiotics are present. Probiotics are good bacteria which can be found inside human digestive tracts in over 400 forms, and they help to promote a healthy digestive system. They help maintain the natural balance of microflora (organisms) in the intestines and lower the growth of bad, harmful bacteria.
4. It’s cleansing and detoxifying
The vitamins, enzymes and organic acids aid the body in detoxifying. It helps rid the body of unwanted waste products and toxins and reduces the work load on the liver, kidneys and pancreas. (Note: It’s good to drink water after cleansing with Kombucha to help flush out the liver.)
Glucosamines, which help preserve the structure of cartilage and prevent joints from degenerating, are prevalent in Kombucha tea. Glucosamines do this by increasing hyaluronic acid production within the joint. Hyaluronic acid adds structure and flexibility to the joint, whilst moistening and lubricating it at the same time.
6. Supports healthy digestion and gut health
The probiotic bacteria and yeast, which are so common Kombucha, goes into the gut and keeps parasites and pathogens at bay. It’s also great for keeping Candida to a minimum and increasing the assimilation rate of the nutrients and vitamins found in the tea.
Kombucha inoculates the gut with healthy, living microorganisms and gives us anti-oxidants and active enzymes, thus helping to support the immune system.
Kombucha comes in many flavours and even if you don’t care about the health benefits it’s just a delicious drink! The health benefits come as an added bonus! At Raw Cafe we have Apple, Cranberry, Peach and Original flavours and… having now written all this, I’m off to get myself a bottle!