Kombucha: origin and benefits of the drink

Kombucha: origin and benefits of the health drink

Those who love to always discover new natural remedies will certainly be fascinated by kombucha. This bittersweet and sparkling drink is in fact considered a sort of panacea against all ills, a drink to be sipped every day, to cure and prevent the most disparate ailments.

But exactly what is kombucha for? And what are the real benefits it can offer to health?

Before answering these questions, it will be good to understand what exactly we are talking about.

Like Kefir, in fact, we are faced with a drink with many properties, a sort of tea with a thousand-year historywhich has become famous in recent years also in our country.

What is kombucha?

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This name indicates a fermented tea-based drink, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Kombucha has a very ancient history. It is believed that it already existed 2000 years ago in Chinese e in Japanfrom which it then spread to Russia and, starting from the twentieth century, arrived in Europa through trade.

From century to century, the drink mistakenly assumed the reputation of being a miracle teacapable of fighting the most serious pathologies and the most common ailments, from hair loss to cancer.

Of course, as often happens, the benefits attributed to Kombucha, or at least many of them, have not found any confirmation in the medical world. However, it is also true that this drink is capable of offering significant benefits to our health, especially that of the stomach.

Basic ingredients of kombucha

As we have anticipated, the main ingredients for the kombucha recipe are few, such as tea, which can be black or green tea, yeast, sugar.

Of essential importance will be the colony of bacteria which, together with the sugar, will initiate the fermentation process. This colony is known by the acronym SCOBY, Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeastthat is “culture of bacteria and yeasts that live in symbiosis with each other”.

This compound, which you can see in the video above, also known as tea mushroomwhich has a beige / brownish color, is practically the soul of kombucha.

Once the ingredients have been prepared, they must be left to ferment for a period ranging from 7 to 30 days. Throughout the entire process, you should avoid using metal accessories. Wooden spoons and glass jars will be the most suitable choice.

During the “resting” phase, gods will occur chemical processes that will give life to the so-called “drink of miracles“. The result will be a health elixir, a containing drink probiotic substancesvitamins, antioxidants and other compounds.

But it is precisely to the probiotics present in kombucha that the greatest health benefits are attributed. These good bacteriain fact, they reinforce the intestinal flora, thus influencing the health of the whole organism.

Kombucha: benefits

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But at this point all that remains is to ask ourselves: what kombucha is good for? Those who exalt its beneficial properties claim that this drink is able to:

  • Increase the energies
  • Promote weight loss
  • Protect us from heart disease, cancer and other diseases, such as osteoarthritis, kidney stones, asthma, diabetes
  • Fighting insomnia
  • Promote the elimination of excess toxins e
  • Improve the functions of the immune system.

Kombucha is also considered a great ally for stomach health.

Just like Kefir, this drink can strengthen the intestinal microbiome, helping to fight frequent ailments such as irritable colon syndrome, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disorders.

Furthermore, based on the ingredients used, it is possible to reap further benefits. For example, a kombucha prepared with green tea can provide all the beneficial effects of this drink, thereby improving the cognitive functions and the heart healthand helping to drain excess fluids.

Does it really work?

Given the times we live in, in which there is little trust in official medicine and there is an ever increasing search for the miraculous natural remedy, it is not surprising that many people rely on drinks such as kombucha to “cure” ailments and even serious illnesses.

But the beneficial effects attributed to this drink are real?

At present, there is little research on kombucha that confirms its many miraculous effects. Studies conducted on this drink confirm that kombucha can promote stomach healthimprove the functions of the immune system e promote digestion.

Regarding the anticancer effects of kombucha, there is no confirmation in this sense, nor does there exist regarding the alleged ability of the drink to fight tumors, rheumatic pains or even hair loss.

According to a 2019 review of existing studies on kombucha and published in Annals of Epidemiology, currently there is not enough research capable of confirming, but also refuting, many of the powers attributed to this drink. Further studies are therefore needed before a unanimous conclusion can be reached.

What does kombucha taste like?

According to many, kombucha tastes delicious. Slightly sour-smelling (the longer it ferments, the greater the vinegar smell), this drink has a sparkling, fruity and sour flavor.

Some have defined the spicy drink, always thanks to the fermentation process, slightly spicy and “particular”.

In reality, however, the judgment changes a lot from palate to palate, so to determine what the taste of kombucha is, you simply have to taste it.

Kombucha: where to buy it?

Where is kombucha found? Often, those who appreciate the flavor of this drink prefer to prepare it at home, however, ingredients that are not always available are needed, such as SCOBYwhich you can however find in many online stores.

Furthermore, as we will see, to prepare kombucha at home you need to have a certain familiarity, so it will be good to follow the advice of an expert in this regard.

Alternatively, kombucha is commercially available, especially in online shops and health food stores.

How much kombucha can you drink per day?

As with everything (even the healthiest in the world, like water), it is always important not to overdo the quantities. Half a cup of kombucha a day might be enough. In order not to take any risks, however, we always recommend that you consult your doctor for more information.

Kombucha: contraindications

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Generally speaking, kombucha is considered a healthy drink and beneficial for health, especially for that of the stomach. However, it all depends on the method of preparation. Let’s not forget that the recipe calls for the use of bacteria that develop in the liquid we are going to drink, so it is good to know what you are doing, to avoid the risk of growing molds o harmful bacteria for health.

Improper preparation could cause stomach upset, allergic reactions or infections. In preparation, everything must be done with the utmost respect for hygiene.

Also, since it contains tea, and therefore caffeine, the drink is not recommended for children. Kombucha also contains alcohol, another by-product of fermentation, so it should also be avoided from pregnant womenwhile breastfeeding or by those who have a very weak immune system.

For the rest, although most likely it cannot be considered an elixir against all evils, kombucha can still represent a valid alternative to sugary or alcoholic drinks, a drink to be sipped just for the pleasure of enjoying its unique flavor.

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