You’ve most probably never heard of Kombucha tea before…right? Unsurprising, but this fermented health drink has actually been around for several centuries, first originating in Japan in 415 AD. Kombucha is a fermented tea made from a culture known as SCBY; symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. SCBY is left to ferment in sweetened tea for 3-7days, drained and then ferment again using fruit to flavour. This second fermentation is what gives Kombucha its sparkling fizz that has been described to taste similar to something between apple cider and champagne.
Kombucha has been found to have detoxifying effects within the liver by helping to remove nasty toxins. The microbes produced during Kombucha’s fermentation process have been found to produce enzymes, bacterial aids and metabolites involved in this detoxifying process.
Kombucha has been found to prevent joint damage as it contains glucosamine and chondroitin-sulfate which are associated with the collagen and fluid that lubricates joints.
Not only is Kombucha a natural antioxidant, it also has high levels of probiotic enzymes that have beneficial effects on gastrointestinal flora. These probiotic enzymes help to restore balance of intestinal flora, improving digestive health.
Being a highly bioactive drink, Kombucha is heaving with antioxidants! Polyphenols are released from the tea during the fermentation process and get to work by savaging free radicals, decreasing oxidative stress within the body. These antioxidant effects can be displayed through improved skin, hair and nails – making you gorgeous!
If you need a little pick-me-up Kombucha may be the drink for you – it contains B vitamins, iron and caffeine all of which are effective at invigorating and energising the body stimulating oxygen supply and natural energy production.
Want to try it for yourself? Find out how to make it at home! Even Lindsay Lohan is drinking Kombucha…even if she is being labelled an alcoholic for drinking the tea that contains an alcohol content of 0.5%!