In the Chinese world, kombucha tea has been around for more than 2,000 years. However, in the US world and Western World, it became popular only a few years ago. Since I discovered kombucha, it has become one of my favorite tea beverages.
There are countless of kombucha benefits, but I will stick to some of the most important. Because of the many kombucha benefits, the tea has been called “mushroom tea” and “elixir of life”. No matter how you call it, there are many reasons why you should drink this immortal health elixir that has been around for millenniums.
Kombucha tea has been made from sweetened tea that is then fermented by SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). To prove some of the kombucha benefits, there were dozens of scientific studies in the 20th century done in Germany and Russia.
The studies were mostly targeting search for a cure for cancer, but it showed kombucha is much more. With that in mind, let’s take a look at kombucha benefits.
Arguably the main reason why people in the ancient Chinese world drank kombucha is to detoxify their liver and prevent cancer.
The greatest benefit of drinking kombucha is that your body will detoxify in a natural manner, thanks to the many bacterial acids and enzymes that kombucha carries.
By detoxifying your body, you are decreasing the load on your liver and pancreas. I’ve met people in my life that claim they have cured cancer just by detoxification, without any chemo or radiation therapy. Now, I am not going to say that kombucha tea cures cancer, but nobody can argue the benefits of detoxifying the body.
Kombucha tea is rich in antioxidants and probiotics, two important compounds that aid digestion. Nowadays, antioxidants have become the gold standard of healthy foods, and it seems like everyone is looking for more and more of them.
And why shouldn’t they?
Without antioxidants, our body cannot fight off free radicals, and the result is we look older and unhealthy. Probiotics are the most important compound when it comes to digestion, as they contain good bacteria that help our digestive system in a number of ways. There have been claims and studies that kombucha can help with leaky gut, GERD, and stomach ulcers.
As mentioned, kombucha tea contains a number of probiotics, or “good bacteria”. Thanks to them, kombucha tea can help with candida yeast, preventing the bad bacteria from overpopulation within the gut.
Kombucha tea restores balance to the digestive system, which is one of the ways you want to fight candida. However, I must mention that candida is a complicated issue, and sometimes the condition can become worse before getting better. That doesn’t mean that kombucha doesn’t help or is not effective, it just means that some digestive problems are more complex than others.
Another active compound in kombucha is glucosamines, compounds that increase the production of hyaluronic acid, and by that, they help with prevention and treatment of all forms of arthritis.
With so many antioxidants, probiotics and other vitamins and minerals, the greatest kombucha benefits are linked with our immune system. Drinking the tea improves our overall immune system and helps us control free radicals.
The main secret, however, lies in the richness with vitamin C. Due to the richness of vitamin C, kombucha tea protects our body from cell damage, tumors, depression, and inflammatory diseases.
Last, but not least, drinking kombucha tea helps you lose weight. While more studies are needed, the fact of the matter is that kombucha contains acetic acid, the same active compound in apple cider vinegar that aids weight loss.
Additionally, kombucha tea is rich in polyphenols, another active compound that can help you shed some pounds while drinking tea.