Kombucha is fun to say. But that’s not why you’re seeing more and more people taking swigs of this popular, health tea.
It’s supposed to be freaking good for the immune system. Kombucha is produced by fermenting black tea with yeast and healthy bacteria. The bacteria line your digestive tract and support your immune system, as they absorb nutrients and fight infection and illness. Add cane sugar and natural fruit juices and it becomes a powerful, probiotic power drink. Here’s why you might want to grab a bottle:
1. Lowers your disease risk
There is some evidence that drinking kombucha tea can help ward off heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. Could be the antioxidants in the tea, which work to fight inflammation. Experimental studies have only been done on animals, so the jury is still out. But anecdotal evidence shows reduced cholesterol, blood pressure and improvements with diabetes.
2.Good for the liver
Research suggests that the antioxidants in kombucha may protect the liver from oxidative stress and damage. Again, animal studies have shown the Glucaric acid in the tea naturally detoxifies.
3. Improves your mood
Studies have linked probiotics with helping patients who suffer from anxiety and depression. Therefore, kombucha tea has the same reputation as a mood-enhancer.
4. Excellent for the gut
Much like some fortified yogurts, kombucha boasts probiotic bacteria and beneficial acids found to help treat diarrhea. Some research suggests it may help ease irritable bowel syndrome and stomach ulcers.
5. Supports healthy lungs
One possible benefit of kombucha is its use as a potential treatment method for certain lung diseases caused by repeated exposure to dangerous contaminates. Where this came from: Chinese researchers used kombucha as an inhalant to remove silica from lungs in an animal model, and it proved promising.
6. Aids in weight loss
Kombucha made with green tea – not black – could assist you with shedding weight. In experimental studies, the green tea extract reportedly helped burn calories, reduce fat and improve overall body composition in obese people and animals.
Just as we’ve listed benefits of kombucha tea based on research, there are claims againstit, too. Try and decide for yourself. So, where can you find yourself some kombucha tea? Most health food stores and major grocery store chains will carry a variety of brands. Or, you can make your own.
Joslyn Murphy is a freelance writer based in New York City.