KOMBUCHA: ORIGINS AND BENEFITS
Kombucha has become a popular, living healthy drink in the recent years. However, its origins date back as early as 221 B.C. in China during the empire of the Tsin-Dynasty. It was called “the remedy for immortality”. Due to its astounding reputation for healing the sick, Korean Dr. Kombu brought Kombucha to Japan to treat the Japanese emperor Inkyo in 414 A.D. From there, it spread like wildfire to India, Russia, and Europe.
In its true form as a culture, Kombucha looks something like a pancake (see below). The culture is called SCOBY, which stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts. It is traditionally mixed into black or green tea and provides the consumer with valuable substances including vitamins, enzymes, organic acid and more! Today, Kombucha is everywhere. From posh bars to your grocery’s health food isle, and we’re happy it’s here.
In Russia, Kombucha is a component of “kvass”, a traditional drink which in the 1950’s showed to protect its consumer from cancer, even if he or she lived exposed to carcinogens such as mercury and lead. Kvass continues to be a widely consumed drink throughout Russia and Eastern Europe.
Other observed benefits include:
– Improves circulation, which can help with reducing cellulite
– Improves sleep, which helps all around!
– Improves eyesight
– Helps prevent acid reflux
– Improves function on a cellular level
– Improves digestion, which also helps boost energy
Try some Kombucha today!