Alexander Hotmer, the Healer, once said, “If we would just take a moment to look around, we would find that the universe is in constant communication with us.” Kombucha, 富人的茶 (Fù rén de chá), meaning tea of the wealthy, was one served to the emperors, war veterans and more. Diving in 221 B.C., this has been called the tea of immortality or elixir of life due to it’s anti-ageing properties keeping the emperor’s young and healthy.
Kombucha, a modern-day alternative to alcoholic drinks, was anciently a black-green sweetened fermented “tea”. It’s known to relieve a variety of health issues ranging from hair fall to disastrous diseases like Cancer & AIDS. Been into existence from over 2000 years, this is recently becoming popular in the developing countries as an energy drink.
It’s differentiated based on the starting material of fermentation, namely, yeast, sugar and some cases even mushroom, giving it a title of “Mushroom tea”. Due to fermentation, small amount of alcohol also becomes a part of it. It’s said to be a rich source of B-Vitamins, due to presence of many healthy bacteria that even enhances the gut function.
When listing the health benefits, it’s said to be highly nutritious, removes body toxins and even enhances one’s gut function. Rich in antioxidants, such as polyphenols, the drink is a saviour to your cells, protecting them from any harm. It’s known to burn fats, lower cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and even the chances of getting heart diseases. Isn’t it just amazing?
Since it’s a “Fermented Product”, it’s rich in acetic acid, a.k.a vinegar, which is known to be anti-bacterial, i.e., kills potential infectious bacteria and micro-organisms that might enter in our system.
“Since it’s lower in sugar compared to other options, it’s often a better choice and a step to cutting back on sugar from drinks overall,” says Jaclyn London, M.S., R.D., author of Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked).
Potentially, it’s known to be highly hydrating, i.e., it’s capable of meeting the body’s water demand. It’s clinically advised to drink 8-10 glasses of water, a day, however, approximately half a glass of Kombucha (roughly 120 ml) can fulfil those hydration needs, as stated by the Centre of Disease Control.
Classified as a part of a varied and balanced diet due to its array of benefits, Kombucha is gaining its popularity in the developing countries. However, it’s important to note, that it’s strictly prohibited for pregnant women and kids or for people who are immunologically compromised!