Natural Health, Foods & Medicines

EN: The Health Benefits of Kombucha

Have you heard of Kombucha, the beverage the ancient Chinese called the immortal health elixir? It’s been around for more than 2,000 years & has a rich anecdotal history of preventing & fighting cancer, arthritis & other degenerative diseases.

Made from sweetened tea that’s been fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria & yeast,  Kombucha didn’t gain popularity in the West until just recently.

In the first half of the 20th century, extensive scientific research was done on Kombucha in Russia & Germany, mostly because of a push to find a cure for rising cancer rates. Russian scientists discovered that entire regions of their vast country were seemingly immune to cancer & hypothesized that the kombucha, called “tea kvass”, was the cause. The scientists began a series of experiments which not only verified the hypothesis, but also began to pinpoint exactly what it was within Kombucha that was so beneficial.

German scientists picked up on this research & continued it in their own direction. Then, with the onset of the cold war, research & development started being diverted into other fields. It was only in the 1990s when Kombucha first came to the United States, that the West did any studies on the effects of Kombucha.

As is typically the case in the US no major medical studies are being done on Kombucha because no one in the drug industry stands to profit from researching a beverage that the average consumer can make for as little as 50 cents a gallon and offers many health benefits:

Firstly, there’s all the benefits of detoxification such as healthy livers and cancer prevention. One of Kombucha’s greatest health benefits is its ability to detoxify the body.  It is rich in many of the enzymes & bacterial acids your body produces & uses to detox your system, thus reducing your pancreatic load & easing the burden on your liver. Kombucha is also very high in Glucaric acid & recent studies have shown that glucaric acid helps prevent cancer.

Next, there are all the benefits of the glucosamines it contains, such as preventing or treating all forms of arthritis. Glucosamines increase synovial hyaluronic acid production. Hyaluronic acid functions physiologically to aid preservation of cartilage structure & prevent arthritic pain, with relief comparable to NSAIDs & advantage over glucocorticoids. Hyaluronic acid enables connective tissue to bind moisture thousands of times its weight and maintains tissue structure, moisture, lubrication and flexibility and lessens free radical damage, while associated collagen retards and reduces wrinkles.

Then, there’s all the benefits of the fact that it’s a probiotic beverage, such as improved digestion, fighting candida & the general health and well-being associated with this. As such, it’s noted for reducing or eliminating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, etc.

Kombucha is also extraordinarily anti-oxidant rich & you all know the benefits of anti-oxidants for boosting your immune system & energy levels.

You can find Kombucha in many places in Pai such as the Witching Well & the Good Life to name just a few. If you’re in town, consider trying this beverage over a few days and see if you notice the effect on your energy & vitality levels, especially if you’re feeling run down from travelling.

 

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Galletto is a surprisingly accurate yet indolent journalist that volunteers as a part time guest writer for the Pai Explorer Map & Blog.