Kombucha - a Probiotic Tea

What is that crazy drink? You may have seen it in health foods stores and wonder what it is and why should you drink it. There is not a lot of research done on it but it has been drank for over 2000 years. I started drinking it when I found out about the great detoxifying abilities. I does have a unique taste and I find that I like some brands better than others. It can range from a light vinegar taste to light alcohol taste. It started in Eastern Asia the Chinese called it the "Immortal Health Elixer" and the became popular in Germany in 1900's. According to the American Cancer Society, the resulting fermented tea contains acetic acid, a small amount of alcohol and a range of probiotics (beneficial bacteria.)

Kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Although it's sometimes referred to as kombucha mushroom tea. In fact kombucha is not a mushroom, the colony of bacteria and yeast that looks like a flat pancake that floats in it. Depending on the brewing time, the flavor of kombucha varies from slightly sweet and somewhat sour to a potent vinegar flavor.

Fermented foods, such as kombucha, contain probiotics. These beneficial bacteria live inside your digestive tract. According to Harvard Health, over 100 trillion microorganisms reside in a healthy gut. About 500 different varieties of the microflora exist, and most are beneficial. They help to fight off harmful microorganisms and pathogens, aid in digestion, help you absorb certain nutrients and promote a healthy immune function. Probiotics may also relieve symptoms of diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. In addition, they may be helpful in female problems such as yeast infections and urinary tract infections. Health benefits attributed to kombucha tea include stimulating the immune system, preventing cancer, and improving digestion and liver function. However, there's no scientific evidence to support these health claims.

Some health risks have been reported from people making their own kombucha

Source Mayo Clinic