What the flippity-flip is Kombucha Tea, and why is it EVERYWHERE? Perhaps this really is the fermented fountain of perfect health… Time to find out if this is the miracle cure we have all been searching for, or whether it’s time to jump off that hyped up train.

So, the BIG question: Is Kombucha Tea beneficial to my health?

SCIENCE SAYS YES! That’s right, science says… Not your local guru named Skye who dresses in hemp but your lab-coated superhero’s whose weapon is data.

Here are the four main reasons these geeky guardians are putting forward for why Kombucha is more than just your average beverage:

We have all heard of detoxing, mostly conjuring images of sipping green juices and eating nothing but celery for a week.

However, in simple terms, a detoxifier helps to:

1) Group together unwanted visitors, known as Xenobiotics (pharmaceuticals, environmental pollutants and toxins)

2) Modifying them into compounds with higher solubility

3) So that we can more easily release them from our tissue and excrete them from the body.

Where does Kombucha Tea come in?

Kombucha Tea has actually been shown to prevent tissues from absorbing some of those nasty toxins meaning that the process of detoxication is even more efficient! Forget the celery, grab a glass of Kombucha on your next detox.

Antioxidant is a serious buzz word and for good reason as they are known to help prevent many disorders and metabolic diseases, to name a few:

Now you know why blueberries carry such a hefty price tag!

How do they work?

In our bodies we have what are known as Free Radicals (no, not the band) – these pesky things are unpaired molecules and are very reactive. Imagine you lost one of your favorite pair of shoes, you’d be pretty reactive too, huh?

These molecules create Oxidative Stress in the body and the way to combat that stress is by using antioxidant rich products in everyday life.

Where does Kombucha Tea come in?

Kombucha Tea contains many antioxidant rich elements: Vitamins E, C, beta-carotene and other carotenoids. Kombucha made with black tea not only leeches some of the antioxidant stress fighting powers of this afternoon delight but intensifies it! Having antioxidant activity 100 times higher than Vitamin C and 25 times higher than Vitamin E alone.

All that jargon above means only one thing – due to its antioxidant properties, Kombucha Tea may help to cure many chronic illnesses caused by oxidative stress.

When we think energizing we are usually transported to a sea of neon green energy drinks, bathed in a colon un-cleansing cacophony of caffeine and colorings. Well not today!

Where does Kombucha Tea come in?

That beautiful boost not only comes from the drinks natural formation of Iron, set free from the tea but its ability to increase our bodies absorption of the Iron. Iron combined with a few other naturally occurring acids increase the levels of oxygen-carrying protein Hemoglobin.

More oxygen means more energy!

No one is immune to the immune system battle, this is our bodies biggest defense against all the nasties the world throws at us. So even though the scientific premise of this point mimics the argument from our antioxidant revelation above, it is important enough to require, no, demand its own point.

We know Kombucha Tea is full of oxidative stress fighting antioxidants. Another HUGE benefit of this links directly to the immune system:

– Oxidative stress raises chronic multiorgan inflammations and causes immuno-suppression.

– The antioxidant ability of Kombucha Tea provides protection against:

– Cell damage

– Development of inflammatory diseases

– Depression of an immunity

– Origin of tumors – Yes ladies and gents, Kombucha Tea may help to limit the onset of cancer

This all sounds wonderful right? RIGHT!? Yes, it absolutely does and in all the research conducted there is very limited response for any downsides of the drink. But, as any good geeky guardian knows, both sides of a story must be told.

Is it always safe?

Sadly no, but this can be said of nearly everything we consume. The main reason being that depending on different conditions held by individuals, the chemical concoctions of the drink can, of course, have negative effects.

For example, those who are HIV positive have been shown to have negative side-effects when drinking Kombucha Tea in the long term.

Also, due to the small amount of lead present in the drink, it is not recommended to either pregnant women or children as long-term usage could cause lead poisoning in infants. Don’t worry as fully fledged adults, our tolerance to lead is higher than that of a child and so the tea has no recorded negative effects based on this line of reasoning.

Is it OK to brew at home?

Mostly yes, though this topic needs a lot more explanation as there are important processes to factor in. Make sure you keep an eye out for our upcoming post on ‘The Do’s and Don’ts of Home-Brewed Kombucha’ for all the information you could desire.

Can I drink too much?

Can you eat too much ice cream? My head says no but my food baby says definitely yes! Like all things, Kombucha Tea should be enjoyed in moderation, 100ml to 300ml a day is plenty to warrant the health benefits without going OTT.

I encourage you read the studies listed in the sourcing below as they are a wealth of Kombucha information (make sure you’ve had a Tea beforehand though as they are pretty heavy reading).

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Martínez Leal, J., Valenzuela Suárez, L., Jayabalan, R., Huerta Oros, J. and Escalante-Aburto, A. (2018). A review on health benefits of kombucha nutritional compounds and metabolites. CyTA – Journal of Food, [online] 16(1), pp.390-399. Available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19476337.2017.1410499%20 [Accessed 3 Jan. 2019].
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