All about the magic mushroom and what Kombucha can do for your health?
We usually think of mineral water or lemonade when we refer to refreshing, sparkling drinks. But have you heard of Kombucha? Have you wondered what Kombucha can do for your health?
If so, then continue reading to find all your answers.
This healthy refreshing drink is just as sweet, sparkling, tasty, but significantly healthier than beer and lemonade.
Especially with problems in the gastrointestinal tract and certain nutritional deficiencies, it is a delicious and healthy way to help.
Find out more about the probiotic soft drink Kombucha here – what it is, why it is so healthy and how you can make it yourself.
What is Kombucha?
It is basically fermented tea. Sweetened tea, covered with a tea mushroom, protected with a cloth and stored in a quiet place for seven to 14 days.
The microorganisms in the tea fungus (acetic acid bacteria, yeast, lactic acid bacteria) ferment the sugar into healthy substances and reduce the sugar. This is how they turn it into a sweet and sour, sparkling, probiotic and healthy refreshing drink.
It’s great when healthy and tasty come together in food. In such cases, I happily recommend certain foods.
Interesting and historical information about Kombucha
There are guesses as to where the name comes from. “Kombu” could come from the Kombu algae. That would describe that the first Kombucha was a fermented algae brew.
But no one knows exactly. “Cha” stands for tea. If the information is correct, Kombucha means translated “algae tea”.
The first historical record about Kombucha dates from 230 BC. from East China. A scholar from Japan reportedly healed the sick Chinese emperor of his suffering with a fermented tea drink.
From then on, it spread all over Asia. The beverage reached the Western parts of Europe via Russia and Eastern Europe in the late Middle Ages. The introduction of Kombucha in America occurred only during the beginning times of the 21st century.
Kombucha was very popular among the upper class in Italy as a digestif during the Renaissance. Since it was extraordinarily decadent on baroque banquets, a little digestif was needed after the meal.
Kombucha has long been called “hero mushroom”, which indicates its health effects. Up to 100 years ago, in Eastern Europe and Russia, in particular, there were one or more vessels/pots with Kombucha in every household.
The grandmother of the house always took care of the Kombucha culture. Today, you can make Kombucha for you and your family much easier with a practical Kombucha starter kit* that brings everything you need, so you can enjoy better health soon.
After the world wars and the associated lack of sugar in Western Europe, it was forgotten. This delicious and healthy refreshing drink is now making a comeback worldwide.
What is a tea mushroom?
The sweetened tea is covered with the tea mushroom, tied with a cloth and left for seven to 14 days. The magic takes place in the tea mushroom.
This is also called “jellyfish” and describes the consistency well: jelly-like, somewhat slippery, and floats on the surface.
In fact, the tea fungus consists of a network of fiber (Kombuchan) and embedded microorganisms: yeast, acetic acid bacteria and lactic acid bacteria. They absorb the sugar from the tea, get oxygen from the surface, and ferment it.
If there are too many microorganisms in the tea fungus, it grows and releases microorganisms into the liquid.
Therefore, there are always numerous microorganisms in the later bottled drink. They make Kombucha a probiotic drink.
The tea fungus grows automatically over time. One should remove the upper layer if it becomes too thick since the lower layers contain the most active microorganisms.
Now that you have a good overview of the sparkling soft drink, let’s take a look at the health effects. What makes Kombucha so healthy?
Ingredients from Kombucha
Before we go into the exact applications, to whom Kombucha can be particularly recommended, I want to briefly talk about the ingredients. They are the reason why Kombucha is so healthy. What are these in detail?
Kombucha is probiotic and contains living microorganisms. These partially survive the gastrointestinal passage and settle in the large intestine (see gastrointestinal articles).
There, they displace pathogens, ferment fiber to healthy substances and produce numerous health-promoting substances, such as vitamins and messengers.
The intestinal flora has a decisive influence on your health, Kombucha contributes to this and, thus, to a flourishing intestinal flora.
It contains a little vinegar and provides the sour taste. Acetic acid causes a little spring cleaning in the gastrointestinal tract. It kills pathogens, loosens dead bacteria and waste products and transports them to the colon.
Over 90% of the sugar originally contained in the Kombucha was fermented and is no longer contained. It is a low sugar/low carb drink. This is a good thing, because the sugar has been converted into numerous healthy substances:
This term hides the oxidized form of glucose. The liver uses gluconic acid to excrete toxins (see detoxifying the liver).
DSL (D-1,4-Saccharo lactone) is also a breakdown product of sugar. It is said to have numerous anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. It also lowers cholesterol.
Wherever yeast exists, the formation of vitamin B takes place. Yeast is very busy. Kombucha contains many yeast strains, and so the drink contains B vitamins. And plenty of it!
Almost all B vitamins, including vitamin B12, are abundant in Kombucha. They make it an ideal drink for anyone who is deficient in B vitamins and for various reasons wants to eat little or no meat.
Vitamin C also forms the microorganisms, so a glass of Kombucha covers the daily requirement of vitamin C.
Kombucha contains all the health-promoting substances from the tea from which it is made. Depending on whether you use herbal tea, green tea or other tea, Kombucha also contains numerous antioxidants.
Let’s address the question for which applications and for whom Kombucha is particularly suitable:
What is Kombucha good for? & Effects and health aspects of Kombucha
In the previous chapter, you learned which healthy ingredients Kombucha contains. We are now using this knowledge to determine who it is particularly suitable for as a health drink: maybe you will find yourself in it again?
Wherever a delicious, sparkling, sweet and sour soft drink is needed, Kombucha is suitable. So in between, at celebrations, at the barbecue, for breakfast, for dinner. It is a healthy alternative to “after-work” beer.
Kombucha is probiotic, contains important nutrients, inhibits inflammation and eliminates pathogens in the intestine.
It is, therefore, well suited for use in people with intestinal problems: inflammatory bowel diseases, SIBO, irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, leaky gut syndrome, etc.
Kombucha is like spring cleaning for the intestine and for the body. It is very suitable during detoxification cures and to regain health.
Numerous substances contained in it stimulate detoxification via the liver and intestine.
Vegetarians and vegans
Vegetarians and vegans suffer from vitamin B deficiency above average, especially vitamin B12. Kombucha is a delicious and high-quality source of B vitamins.
It is tasty, refreshing, stimulates digestion and detoxification, and contains little sugar (0.4-0.8 g /100 ml). If you use green tea or black tea, it has a stimulating effect due to the contained caffeine in the tea. This makes Kombucha also good for losing weight.
Thanks to the nutrients it contains, especially large amounts of B vitamins, Kombucha is also suitable for everyone who has to do a lot of thinking and who is required to work every day.
If you want to achieve more and have a better focus, you can try Kombucha.
It is anti-inflammatory, contains vitamins and substances that both support digestion and stimulate the metabolism. Athletes also benefit from Kombucha. It, furthermore, makes a fantastic work-out recovery drink for everyone who exercises regularly.