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Posted on January 22, 2014

What is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a raw, fermented, carbonated probiotic tea. Kombucha is growing in popularity and can be found in local health food stores. These brews can be found in lots of flavors and varieties. It may seem like Kombucha is a new trend, but some sources say that Kombucha is an ancient Chinese elixir dating back to the Qin dynasty, 220BC.

I have heard many rumors, and who’s to say what the truth is, but it is said that Kombucha got it’s name from a Korean physician that cured the Japanese Emperor Inyko with the tea, hence “Kombu” + ”cha” (which is the Korean word for tea). I personally like that story, because I have a family story similar to that involving my grandfather, a hip replacement for the Korean Emperor’s body guard’s wife (sorry, complicated I know), and green cards for the entire family to the US. To my knowledge the hip replacement surgery wasn’t named after my family, but it’s still a cool story. Ok, back to the Kombucha…

What is the big deal?

Is it good for you? It is said to help detoxify the body and promote a healthy immune system. Many people drink kombucha regularly to help with digestive ailments and inflammatory diseases such as arthritis. Some claim to have had grey hairs return to their natural color after consistent use (we’re talking a year of use here folks). So while most of the claims that you hear about are not substantiated by evidence, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence of happy kombucha drinkers and they benefits that they receive. Personally I enjoy the naturally carbonated beverage, and find that it is my drink of choice when I look for something at the local health food store as a treat.

There are many myths around Kombucha. Does it contain probiotics, does it contain alcohol, how much sugar is in it? Eileen Laird of Phoenix Helix does a fantastic job of getting to the truth behind Kombucha. No need to reinvent the wheel, to read her blog click here.

So if you haven’t tried it this fizzy, tart, slightly sour drink may soon become a favorite of yours! Watch out though, you may find that your kombucha consumption is getting out of hand and want to know how to brew this beverage at home. No worries, I’ll be posting a blog on how to brew kombucha at home, stay tuned!

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