Kombucha is all the rage right now, you have probably heard of it, but if you haven’t tried it, you don’t know what you are missing! Kombucha is said to have originated in China more than 2,000 ago.
It’s a fermented, sugary tea, slightly sour, fizzy, and super tasty! When the fermentation process is done there is very little actual sugar left in the drink.
It has a touch of alcohol (about 1 percent) due to the fermentation and some people call it mushroom tea but it actually has no mushroom in it. It’s a fermented white, black, and green tea mix.
Kombucha is loaded with health benefits. Read on to find out more about what kombucha can do for you!
If you have been plagued with high cholesterol, but you don’t want to take medication to lower it, kombucha might be the answer for you. Kombucha has been proven to lower cholesterol levels in studies done with animals, sometimes as much as 50 percent. It’s also shown that drinking kombucha can raise your levels of good cholesterol.
2. Reduces Depression, Nervousness, and Headaches
The numerous amounts of amino acids in kombucha can help your nervous system perform better. This means that those suffering from depression, epilepsy, and depression can benefit from drinking kombucha daily.
3. Heals Stomach Ulcers
If you have been buying those over the counter remedies to stop indigestion or the pain from ulcers, then this will be welcome news. Drinking a cup of kombucha every day will bring you the same relief that you can get from those antacids. Research also shows the drinking kombucha regularly can actually heal ulcers.
4. Detoxifies the Body
Kombucha contains a powerful detox agent called glucuronic acid. This compound converts toxins the body into different types of compounds that your body can get rid of. In fact, drinking kombucha has been proven to help stop your tissues from absorbing toxins in the first place, especially those in the environment. Read more: how to detox the body naturally.
5. Energy Booster
Looking for a little extra boost in the afternoons? Don’t reach for an energy drink, try some kombucha instead! It’s loaded with iron that improves the blood flow and oxygen levels to your organs and your brain. This will give you that afternoon boost of energy to see you through until dinner!
Kombucha is a powerhouse of antioxidants and vitamins such as E and C, beta carotene and carotenoids! It’s said that drinking kombucha daily will cure chronic illnesses that are caused by stress.
Kombucha is really high in vitamin C, which supports your immune system and can keep you from catching every little virus that comes your way, stops inflammatory diseases, cell damage, and tumors.
7. Stops Iron Deficiency
If you have problems with anemia, you will want to add kombucha to your diet right away. Kombucha is made from plant sources that make the iron it contains more available to the body. The vitamin C in kombucha also helps your body absorb iron better; this combination can help put a stop to your anemia problems.
8. Balances Your Metabolism
Drinking kombucha regularly will help balance out your metabolism, which can actually help you lose weight.
9. Lowers Blood Pressure
Kombucha is a recommended treatment for hypertension and it can stop the headaches and dizziness that often comes with it. If you are taking medication, talk to your doctor about trying a cup of kombucha daily instead. Never stop taking your medication without your doctor’s approval.
10. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
Besides balancing your metabolism, kombucha can lower blood sugar levels in the body. This means it can help you lose weight, control your appetite, and prevent diabetes.
You can buy kombucha in almost all health food stores or make it yourself at home. Instructions for this process can be found online. Kombucha is an acquired taste. Be sure you try it a few times and try a few different flavors; even try different brands, to find the one you like best.
References: Natural On; Mayo Clinic; Mother Earth News;