Have you heard of the tea, kombucha? Do you love it? Hate it? Or haven’t tried it yet? It’s been consumed for thousands of years and packs some potentially notable health benefits. Here are some facts about this über trendy drink you’ll be glad to know.
Thought to originate in China or Japan, simply explained, kombucha is a beverage that’s produced by fermenting black or green sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria.
During the fermentation process, bacteria and yeast form a film that looks mushroom-like on the liquid’s surface. This is why sometimes kombucha is also called "mushroom tea."
SCOBY (or S-C-O-B-Y) is an acronym for "symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast". It’s the gelatinous results that form from the yeast and bacteria in the fermentation process.
The several species of lactic-acid bacteria may have probiotic functions, which could assist in better digestion and having a healthier gut.
Besides being packed with probiotics and promoting a healthy immune system, kombucha may also aid in lowering cholesterol, reducing blood sugar levels, and managing type 2 diabetes.
Free radicals can damage your cells and the antioxidants that kombucha richly contains can offer a boost in helping fight off those free radicals.
Looking for healthier skin, hair, and nails? Thanks to the B vitamins found in kombucha, enjoying this drink may naturally boost your beauty. B vitamins are also known to promote energy and improve metabolism.
Some people absolutely love it and are even making their own homemade recipes. For others, you could say it’s more of an acquired taste.
Kombucha tea is tart and tangy. It’s slightly effervescence and bubbly, with a sort of sour vinegar, fruity flavor. Many are going crazy for kombucha, so if you don’t like the first sip you taste, it might be worth trying different brands or recipes—some add additional natural fruits and flavors to make this healthy tea more delicious.