Brewed by fermenting sugared tea using a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) commonly called a ‘mother’ or ‘mushroom’. Creating a slightly alcoholic, effervescent, sweetened black or green tea which is commonly intended as a functional beverage for its health benefits. Juice, spices and other flavourings are added to enhance the taste of the tea.
The living bacteria are said to be probiotic, one of the main reasons for this drink’s popularity.
While the exact origins of kombucha are not fully known, it is thought to have originated in Manchuria where the drink is traditionally consumed, as well as Russia and Eastern Europe.
Kombucha is now homebrewed all over the world, bottled and sold commercially.
Drinking kombucha has many health benefits, including claims for treating AIDS, ageing, anorexia, arthritis, cancers, constipation and diabetes. The drink is a probiotic, antioxidant drink aiding in replenishing the gut bacteria which is depleted through stress, alcohol use, as well as the use of antibiotics. Healthy gut bacteria is good for your overall immune system. The probiotics in kombucha improves the digestive system, helps with weight loss, reduction of cholesterol, and an energy and mood enhancer.
There is evidence of kombucha through archaeological evidence of fermentation in clay pots from 9000 years ago. One of the most well-know stories of kombucha origin goes back thousands of years to the Qin Dynasty (221 BCE) in China. It is said that Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi was one of the first people to make and drink kombucha.
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