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January 30, 2018

The Benefits of Drinking Kombucha

Consumers are drinking more beverages with health benefits. Why?

Facts:
• Approximately 80% of our immune system tissue are contained in our gut, according to the Institute for Health Sciences.
• 60-70 million Americans suffered from digestive disease in 2004 costing more than $141.8 billion dollars according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

What are the health benefits of kombucha?

For thousands of years, people have consumed kombucha as a health tonic or elixir. It has been nicknamed the "Elixir of Immortality" as well as several other names that would suggest an abundance of health benefits.

Some people drink kombucha in modern times for its refreshing and unique taste. Others drink it for the way it makes them feel. Some drink it for its purported health benefits. What benefits you say? Let's take a look at what various sources are saying today.

What are the benefits of drinking kombucha?

BENEFITS OF KOMBUCHA

1. Probiotics are present in raw, live, unpasteurized foods including kombucha and water kefir. Probiotics are consumed to help increase the amount of good bacteria in your gut.

2. Kombucha can be low in calories, but it all depends on how it is fermented, and what is included in the brew - before, during and after fermentation. Check the label to be sure what's in it.

3. Most kombucha is made from fermented green and black tea which is rich in polyphenols, which are a type of antioxidant. Antioxidants help prevent or stop cell damage caused by oxidants. “Oxidants are free radicals that you find in the environment, but they're also produced naturally in your body,” says Diane McKay, Ph.D., an assistant professor and researcher at Tufts University'sAntioxidants Research Laboratory.

4. Kombucha is rich in various organic acids that may help your body support healthy liver and kidney function. Several beneficial acids may or may not be present in kombucha. It all depends on what type are present in the kombucha culture your kombucha is made from. Common beneficial acids include: malic acid, oxalic acid, nucleic acid, acetic acid, lactic acid, and gluconic acid.

5. Kombucha may help increase the efficiency of your digestive system. More research is being done now that kombucha is popular to determine the actual effectiveness.

6. Kombucha tends to be gluten free - But check the label to be sure. There are some new kombucha beers available that may contain gluten. Most do not.

7. Kombucha contains B Vitamins in living form. They come from the yeast present in the brew.

8. Kombucha has the beneficial properties of the various teas, fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that make up the kombucha. Like elderberries, blueberries, ginger, turmeric, etc.

9. The process of fermentation makes naturally occurring nutrients more bioavailable, aka actually able to be digested and used by the cells in your body.

10. Many people claim that kombucha helps reduce their cravings for sugar. Let us know if you experience this.

Note: Results vary, and not everyone experiences the same effects or benefits from eating the same foods.  As more people consume kombucha, the number of scientific studies that investigate the various benefits and health claims of consuming kombucha will become more common.

We will keep this page updated with new information as it becomes available to us. If you have any health related questions, please consult your doctor. If you have any new information to contribute to this page, please email us.

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SOURCES:
http://www.uaf.edu/chc/community-resources/educational-resources/DD_DigestiveDisease_Stats_FS.pdf

https://instituteofhealthsciences.com/probiotics-help-immune-system-in-your-gi-tract/


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