You can find plenty of information about kombucha online. The fermented, gut-friendly tea can supply you with soaring energy, boost your immune system, prevent certain types of cancers, detox your body, and help you lose weight, to name a few of its many benefits.
The guys behind Qamboucha, a brand-new wellness company in Qatar, share a few facts about this lightly effervescent tea.
1 - Billions of Probiotics
Kombucha tea contains billions of beneficial probiotics like active live bacteria and yeast. When these healthy microorganisms take up residence in your digestive tract, they can improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and help you lose weight.
Kombucha also contains antioxidants, especially when it’s made with green tea. Studies on rats show that drinking kombucha regularly reduces liver toxicity caused by everyday exposure to toxic chemicals.
The fermentation of kombucha produces acetic acid, which is also abundant in vinegar. Acetic acid can kill many potentially harmful microorganisms. Furthermore, kombucha contains active enzymes which are beneficial to your body and mind.
2 - Recipe to brew kombucha!
To brew their kombucha, the guys at Qamboucha go through two phases: 1st fermentation (F1) and 2nd fermentation (F2). The F1 phase is a combination of green tea, cane sugar, water, and a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast), also known as the kombucha culture. Upon completion of F1 fermentation, an unflavored, largely uncarbonated, kombucha tea is created.
During the F2 fermentation phase, we add flavor to the kombucha tea (usually with fruit). The F2 is the most enjoyable part of brewing kombucha because the Qamboucha guys add the freshest ingredients to create the most delicious & best flavors available. Their most popular flavors are ginger & lemon, mixed berries & vanilla, hibiscus, tropical mango, passion fruit & lemon, green spirulina & green apple, and orange & turmeric.
The second fermentation stage is also when kombucha gains its effervescence and natural carbonation. The F2 stage turns the fermented flavored tea into the bubbly goodness we all know and love!
3 - Other health benefits
Among the other health benefits of kombucha are the fact that it reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) and total cholesterol levels, while increasing HDL (good cholesterol) levels.
Aside from controlling stress levels and reducing symptoms of allergies, Kombucha promotes improved gut health. This, in turn, contributes to better overall health of the body and mind and better quality of sleep!
4 - Originated over 2,000 years ago!
Humans have been making and consuming kombucha since 220 B.C. It originated in Northeast China where people would drink it for its healing properties.
Modern kombucha is reportedly named after Dr. Kombu, a Korean physician who brought fermented tea to Japan as a cure for Emperor Inkyo in 414 A.D. Kombucha’s popularity has continued to grow as more and more people discover its transformative healing properties.
5 - Less caffeine!
In general, kombucha is made with black or green tea, which both contain caffeine. However, it contains far less caffeine than traditional tea, only averaging around 15mg per serving. At one-third the caffeine content of an average regular tea, this is an amount barely noticeable even to those sensitive to caffeine.