Kombucha is a fermented, lightly carbonated sweetened black or green tea that has been used as a folk remedy for thousands of years. The Ancient Chinese referred to Kombucha as the “Immortal Health Elixir” because of its health benefits. This living beverage contains probiotics, live bacteria and yeasts that support overall health and especially the digestive system.
This nutritious tea is brewed with a SCOBY culture which stands for ‘symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts’. A SCOBY is placed into either green or black tea and feeds on sugar to produce healthy organic acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and nutrients. Kombucha has gained popularity over the last few years as a “gateway” fermented food; like other fermented foods such as Sauerkraut or Kimchi, Kombucha shares many of the same benefits.
What does science have to say?
In the 1950s, Russian and German researchers were interested in learning more about Kombucha’s health benefits in response to rising cancer rates. Russian scientists found that entire regions of their country were seemingly immune to cancer and hypothesized that Kombucha was the cause. After completing a series of experiments, these researchers verified the hypothesis and began to pinpoint exactly what makes Kombucha so beneficial to the body.
After hearing about the Russian findings, German scientists began to continue this research. They used Kombucha to treat cancer patients as well as individuals with metabolic disorders, high blood pressure, and diabetes. In the 1990s, Kombucha finally appeared in the United States and although few in number, American researchers also completed some studies. Although there is little complete scientific research, Kombucha has 2,000+ years of tradition and anecdotal evidence supporting its health claims. Many studies describing the benefits of the nutrients and acids found in Kombucha have been completed.
Kombucha’s greatest health benefit is its ability to detox the body. This drink is rich in many enzymes and bacterial acids that aids the detoxification process which helps reduce pancreatic load and protects the liver. Kombucha is also high in Glucaric acid which recent studies show that this acid helps prevent cancer.
- Improves Digestive System
Kombucha is rich in many probiotics which help improve digestion, fight harmful yeast overgrowth, boost mental clarity and mood stability. These beneficial probiotics help crowd out bad bacteria or replenish good bacteria that has been lost after taking antibiotics.
- Joint Care
Rich in glucosamines, Kombucha helps prevent and treat all forms of arthritis. Glucosamines increase synovial hyaluronic acid production which helps prevent arthritic pain and has relief properties comparable to NSAIDs.
- Boosts Immune System
This beverage is rich in antioxidants which are touted for boosting our immune system and energy levels.
- Nutrient Rich
Kombucha contains Bromelain and Papain enzymes, a variety of B vitamins ( B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12), and is rich in beneficial organic acids.
Interested in trying Kombucha for yourself?
Here at Nature’s Garden Express, we offer Buchi Kombucha through our delivery program. Buchi is a community centered, women founded and 15% worker-owned business continuing the ancient folk tradition of brewing kombucha, a living, probiotic rich, all-natural beverage. They started brewing kombucha so our families would have a healthy alternative to high fructose corn syrup beverages and caffeine laden energy drinks. Buchi envisions a return to wholesome, regionally produced foods that nourish our bodies, our community, and our local economy. Learn more about Buchi here.
We currently offer the following Buchi Kombucha Flavors: Unlimited, Air, Water, Fire, Earth, Sovereign, and Avonlea. Visit our website to learn more about each flavor.