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6 Health Benefits of Kombucha Tea Based on Laboratory Research

This page contains information on the health benefits of kombucha.

What is a Kombucha?

Kombucha the Fermented Tea

Kombucha is a health drink made from fermented tea. It tastes like beer but a little sour, some people say it tastes like bubble vinegar.

Since the shape of scoby that has grown in in a glass container resembles a mushroom. Kombucha is also called as mushroom tea.

kombucha tea jar

Take a look at this picture.

Tthe shape of growing scoby looks like a mushroom, isn’t it?

Maybe it feels a little disgusting if you have to drink it for the first time.

However, I know how to make you feel better!

Kombucha is like wine, yogurt or cheese that you regularly consume. They are food produced by fermentation.

Wine is the result of fermentation of grapes, cheese from milk, or tempeh from soybeans. It is safe to consume fermented food, as long as it is properly processed and does not smell like rotten meat.

kombucha-beer
Modern Kombucha Sold in Bottles

How to Make Kombucha Tea

The types of tea commonly used to make kombucha are black tea or green tea. Then SCOBY and sugar are added to the liquid. The mixture is then left to ferment for several days until the fermented tea is ready for you to drink.

Scoby itself stands for “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast“.

Making kombucha tea is very easy if you already have a scoby at home. If you don’t have it, you can buy it online. It’s easy to find.

Health Benefits of Kombucha

drinking kombucha tea

As a drink that has been around for more than hundreds of years, there are records of the benefits of this unique drink.

Kombucha is believed to originate from the East Asia region, such as China and Japan. There, Kombucha is believed to be a long-life elixir and energy recovery drink. Then it spread to western Asia, like India and Russia through traders. It was known in mainland Europe around the 20th century.

I cannot explain everything about the health benefits of kombucha, but some important benefits have been proven.

Are you curious about that? If that is the case, let’s continue the discussion to the article below.

1. Improves the Digestive System

If you often consume yogurt, you must be familiar with the term “probiotic”.

Probiotic is a type of food that contains good bacteria in it.

When you eat these foods, these beneficial bacteria will help improve your digestive system, such as dealing with diarrhea or constipation, heal gastric ulceration, etc.

Kombucha also has good bacteria that are beneficial for the health of our bodies, like yogurt has.

Don’t compare it with bad bacteria that will make you sick. [1].

2. Treatment and Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes.

Good news for type 2 diabetics who are looking for natural treatments. Kombucha is probably the natural medicine you are looking for.

Kombucha is believed to be a health drink to improve and maintain vitality.

In several studies on rats, it was found that kombucha is useful for lowering blood sugar levels, slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates and improving liver and kidney function.

Kombucha made from green tea even provides better benefits for lowering blood sugar levels. [2]

Note: If you have a serious diabetes condition. It is recommended to consult with your doctor first before you decide to take kombucha regularly for treatment.

3. Protect, Prevent the Growth and Spread of Prostate Cancer Cells.

Prostate cancer can be likened to a frightening specter for every man. No man wants to get the disease either you or me.

If you are worried about the condition of your prostate, drinking kombucha may help improve your condition.

kombucha tea fights prostate cancer
1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their live

Kombucha especially made from black tea can help prevent and treat prostate cancer better. In researching this drink can inhibit and reduce the survival of prostate cancer. Although further research on humans is needed. [3] [4]

4. Treatment of Obesity.

Do you have a weight problem? Already on a diet but can’t stop drinking soft drinks.

Kombucha tea is the perfect solution for you who love to drink soft drinks, such as beer, cola, pepsi, fanta and others.

This fermented tea feels like a soft drink; sweet, alcoholic (0.5%) but slightly sour. If these criteria suits you well, maybe you can give it a try.

Kombucha tea as a probiotics drink is known to have hypocholesterolaemic agents that helps reduce levels of cholesterol in the body.

This will be a great support to help you lose weight, besides exercising regularly. [5] [6]

However, this only applies to traditional kombucha.

WHY?

Modern kombucha tea sold in bottles tends to contain lots of sugar.

Therefore, only choose traditional kombucha tea for your weight loss program.

5. Reducing the Risk of Heart Attack.

Heart attack is one of the most dangerous diseases, because the attack can occur suddenly, no symptoms and if not treated fast and accurately can be life threatening.

I have a story about a colleague of mine, at one day he went jog with his pal. He looked healthy and as far as I knew, he did not have any medical records of any diseases. However, I was surprised when I got news that he was rushed to hospital due to a heart attack. Fortunately, he has recovered.

The main cause of a heart attack is the narrowing of blood vessels by the buildup of bad cholesterol (LDL), so that the flow of oxygen to the heart becomes disrupted. So, you may suffer from chest pain.

Drinking kombucha tea as explained in point no. 4 helps reduce bad cholesterol.

If the result of the medical examination turns out your LDL cholesterol level is quite high (more than 100 mg / dL).

Try drinking kombuca regularly to help reduce bad cholesterol.

6. Helps Control Stress.

Stress is a common thing in cities. Many things can be the trigger, such as traffic jams, busy work, lack of rest, etc.

What is the first thing you do to treat stress?

Eating, drinking or sleeping / taking breaks is an easy thing to do to relieve stress. Simple, but effective.

Coffee, tea, soft drinks and beer are drinks that are always taken in large quantities when someone is stressed. I can even say that one of those drinks is always available at the table of those who are workaholics.

Then, what is your favorite drink when you are under stress?

I don’t know, but I think Kombucha may not be on your list.

You know in a study it was known that drinking kombucha can help reduce stress levels. Not remarkable results, but at least it can help improve your condition for a re-energized. [7]

If you are easily stressed everyday, maybe you need to try changing your favorite drink to kombucha.

Conclusion

Drinking tea regularly will provide health benefits to the body.

Probiotic drinks, like yogurt are good for the health of the digestive system.

The benefits of these two drinks are available in kombucha tea. Other minor health benefits of kombucha still need further research on humans.

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