Kombucha Tea and Its Health BenefitsPublished:December 18th, 2010
Kombucha tea is made by adding the colony of Kombucha bacteria and yeast to black or green tea and allowing the mix to ferment. The result of this mixture contains B vitamins and other compounds that contribute to the health benefits associated with Kombucha tea. It has been proven that Kombucha tea can stimulate the immune system, lower the risk of cancer and improve both digestion and liver function.
Traditional Chinese medicine referred to Kombucha tea as the elixir of life and the Tea of Immortality. It was considered that Kombucha tea could balance the Middle Qi, which involves the spleen and the stomach. Aiding the stomach to better digest food and helping the spleen to deliver nutrition, the body was thought to be able to heal itself.
Kombucha is a probiotic. It contains species of yeast and bacteria, organic acids, enzymes, amino acids and polyphenols. Combining probiotics and tea, kombucha can be a very efficient detoxifying drink. It works together with your body to boost its ability to fight sickness and brings a healthy balance to the metabolism.
The bacteria in the Kombucha culture need the caffeine, tannins and polyphenols present in green or black tea in order to produce beneficial nutrients at the end of the process of fermentation.
Green tea Kombucha can be a powerful combination for your health. There are specialty stores that sell this combination. When combining the antioxidants in green tea with organic Kombucha culture, the result can be a wonder drink. The Kombucha Culture resembles a soft sponge and when combined with black or green tea and sugar, the culture turns into a fermented drink.
The acidic compounds produced during the fermentation make kombucha a unique drink. The acetic acid, also found in apple cider vinegar can inhibit the growth of any harmful bacteria in this beverage. The glucaric acid can cleanse the body, speeding up the elimination of toxins. The butyric acid and the gluconic acid are responsible for preventing overgrowths of Candida yeast.