Kombucha (kom·boo·cha) is a slightly fizzy and very refreshing tea drink packed with health benefits. Kombucha is a combination of tea, sugar, and a powerful living culture called SCOBY. The Kombucha SCOBY is made up of many different bacteria including Gluconacetobacter, which is unique to Kombucha. The healthy bacteria in Kombucha play a huge role in the fermentation process and its’s many health benefits.
The colour of Kombucha ranges from a pale to dark brown depending on the type of tea used. Its colour can also vary depending on what, if any, flavourings have been added after the brewing process. A mix between sweet and tangy, Kombucha is not for everyone; though it may be an acquired taste for some. Many peoples first encounter with Kombucha is in the refrigerated section of the health food store or supermarket. Some are introduced to Kombucha when they encounter it brewing on a friends kitchen counter. Regardless, they almost always respond with, What is Kombucha?
While Kombucha is relatively new to the western world, it’s origins date back many century’s. Kombucha is consistently traced back to China during the rule of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, between 220-206 B.C. The same time period when construction began on the Great Wall of China. Kombucha has seen an amazing surge in popularity over the past couple decades. This is in part because of its great taste, but more so for its potential health benefits. Fans of Kombucha are eager to share their personal accounts to the benefits they’ve seen from incorporating Kombucha into their daily diets.
What is Kombucha’s Health Benefits?
Kombucha has been said to have the following healing properties:
- Intestinal and digestive health
- Reduce constipation
- Reduction of free radicals
- Reduce glucose levels
- Minimize kidney stones
- Promotes alkalinity of the body
- Reduce blood-pressure
- Reduce the chance of cancer
It’s tough to find any conclusive evidence concluding that Kombucha cures any diseases or illness. However, something can be said for the thousands of testimonials to the power of Kombucha.
What is Kombucha also known as?
Kombucha is most commonly incorrectly called Kambuka or Kombucha. But the most widely used nickname for Kombucha, hands down, is BOOCH. Some will take it a bit further and call it BOOCHA. Whichever you prefer we’ll know what you mean!