We live in a world of fads and every week there seems to be a new must have or a new craze that takes over. Well it appears the health benefits of fermented foods is here to stay and Kombucha is leading the charge....
So What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a sweetened tea that is steeped with a bacterial culture known as scoby, an acronym for 'symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts' Basically, its packed with a lot of goodies such as vitamins and probiotics and is a sour tasting iced tea equivalent.
Where is It from?
Kombucha originated in China about 2,000 years ago (this trend has taken a while to come round again!) and is known by the Chinese as the 'immortal health elixir'. That being said there is not a huge amount of research around its health benefits so much of the wisdom on this is unverified.
What Are Supposed Health Benefits of This Stuff?
Its packed brimful of enzymes, vitamins and bacterial acids which are all seen as beneficial to those of us that are trying retox ourselves. particularly good during the summer pub season.
Gut health is a hot, hot, hot topic and its becoming clearer that a healthy gut = a healthy individual. Due to Kombuchas rather large dose of probiotics, its seen as highly beneficial to the gut. Also, a very good alternative to dairy options of probiotics.
The teas packed out with antioxidants, that support a healthy immune system and will help you tool up for the winter ahead. This boost to the immune system can also do your energy levels wonders.
Potentially could be a benefit to many people. The series of B vitamins in this juice are known to stabilise moods and improve concentration levels. Vitamin C is also present and it works very effectively with B Vitamins to prevent the the release of the stress hormone cortisol.