Health

This Is Why You Might Want to Start Drinking Kombucha

Major health benefits, some tips, and a few warnings

Mishael Witty
Dec 4, 2019 · 5 min read

Some varieties have caffeine; some don’t. But they ALL have health benefits.

That’s why I started drinking tea regularly almost 20 years ago, and I’ve never looked back.

What is kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented (but mostly non-alcoholic — more on that later) tea that is usually made by adding a colony of yeast and bacteria to either black or green tea, mixed with sugar. This liquid is then stored in a jar for about a week.

The western world is just now beginning to accept kombucha’s unusual taste and take advantage of its many health benefits.

Here are just a few.

Antioxidants

Because kombucha is commonly made with black or green tea as the liquid base, it contains the antioxidant benefits of these teas.

Acetic acid and usnic acid

The fermented tea also has a high concentration of acetic and usnic acids. Yes, acetic acid is basically vinegar, so kombucha has a decidedly vinegary taste. And usnic acid is primarily found in lichen, so that tastes pretty much exactly as it sounds.

Butyric acid

Another healthy acid that can be found in kombucha is butyric acid. Interestingly, this same acid is present in both cheese and vomit. Yes, that’s as gross as it sounds too.

B vitamins

B vitamins can be found in plentiful supply in kombucha. These vitamins enhance the body’s metabolic function. They have also been shown to improve a number of other systems in the body, including the muscular system, circulatory system, and the nervous system.

Most importantly, though, these vitamins are also cancer fighters. They dramatically reduce your risk of getting one of the deadliest types of cancer — pancreatic.

Gluconic acid

The major detoxifying power of kombucha comes from gluconic acid. This heavy-duty substance has been used for decades to remove toxic metals from the body.

And that’s a really good thing.

Toxic metals, even if not ingested in lethal doses, can cause all kinds of damage to the nervous and circulatory systems — especially in fetuses and very young children.

Some cautions and tips

Be judicious in your consumption of kombucha. See how your body reacts to a little bit before you drink very much. Some people have experienced upset stomachs from the fermented tea, and some have had even more serious allergic reactions.

Still nervous about trying kombucha?

I completely understand. I really do. After all, we’re talking about fermented tea here that really doesn’t taste all that great.

Yogi company response to a question about their Green Tea Kombucha on Amazon.com (this is an affiliate link; I get paid a small commission if you purchase the tea using this link)

There was no “yuck” factor with these tea bags…at least not for me.

If you are still nervous about trying kombucha (or just don’t think it’s right for you), you can always stick to regular, unfermented black or green tea. And, if you’re trying to cut down on caffeine, try delicious red tea (rooibos). You won’t get as many health benefits, but you’ll still get all the antioxidant power of kombucha — without all the worry.


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