Kombucha is thought to have originated in China. It is an ancient fermented tea that has a natural carbonation. It is chuck full of probiotics, antioxidants, and vitamins. Surprisingly, it’s ingredients are quite simple. It contains tea, water, sugar, and SCOBY (a fermenting culture that stands for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). It’s also easy to make, and the health benefits are endless. So why should you be drinking kombucha? Continue reading to see why this drink is where it’s at!
1. Lowers Bad Cholesterol
Studies have show evidence in reference to the antilipidemic properties of kombucha that helps reduce the absorption of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and elevate levels of good (HDL) cholesterol. In studies done with animals, kombucha lowered cholesterol as much as 50%.
2. Reduces Depression, Nervousness, and Headaches
The massive amounts of amino acids in kombucha assist your nervous system in functioning properly. Based on this numerous issues like depression, epilepsy, and anxiety can be alleviated by drinking kombucha.
3. Heals Stomach Ulcers
In studies done with mice, the properties of kombucha were shown to heal stomach ulcers. The reason? Tea extracts have antioxidants, and have the ability to protect the mucin content of gastric tissues. Drinking kombucha daily (a cup each day) will bring the same relief that antacids provide.
4. Detoxifies the Body
Kombucha contains enzymes and organic acids that assist in detoxifying the body. It also contains glucuronic acid which converts toxins into different types of compounds which the human body can rid itself of. Kombucha has also been proven to stop tissues from absorbing toxins in the first place.
5. Energy Booster
The detoxifying properties of kombucha clear out your system, insuring that your body is working at peak performance, and because of this it in turn boosts your energy. It also contains tons of iron which improves blood flow and oxygen levels to both your brain and your body. These two factors together insure that you can make it through your day-naturally!
Kombucha is filled with antioxidants such as vitamins E, C, beta-carotene, and other carotenoids. It has an antioxidant activity level that was found to be 100 times higher than vitamin C and 25 times higher than vitamin E. The outrageous vitamin C it contains promotes a healthy immune system, helps prevent viruses, helps cell damage, and prevents tumors.
7. Stops Iron Deficiency
Kombucha enhances the absorption of iron and stops iron deficiency because it contains organic acids that convert trivalent iron compounds from plant sources to divalent iron ions. In turn, iron provided by plant sources is more easily absorbed. Experts recommend kombucha to the elderly and to vegetarians for this very reason.
8. Balances Your Metabolism
By detoxifying your body, and assisting in the digestive system, kombucha balances your metabolism if it is drank on a regular basis.
9. Lowers Blood Pressure
Kombucha is a recommended treatment for hypertension, and also helps with the headaches and dizziness that accompanies it. Speak with your doctor about adding kombucha to your regimen to help lower your blood pressure, or even go as far as finding out if replacing your medication with this all natural beverage would be beneficial.
10. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
By lowering your blood sugar, and balancing your metabolism kombacha is a great way to lose weight, control your appetite, and prevent diabetes. One could even speculate that it could assist in controlling diabetes.