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If you haven’t tried Kombucha, you’re missing out on a fermented, slightly alcoholic tea that’s unlike any other beverage you’ve ever tasted. You’ll also be missing out on the many health benefits that come from drinking Kombucha tea on a regular basis. In some cultures, this sweetened black or green tea is said to cure arthritis, help stem the signs of aging, ward off cancer and cure AIDS. None of these claims are true, but the tea has some health benefits that will help you feel better.
You should be warned though that it has been known to kill on some occasions, but only if it’s contaminated during preparation.
As Healthy as Green Tea
Kombucha is often compared to green tea as both contain similar properties. Kombucha contains bioactive compounds including polyphenols, which works as an antioxidant. Both drinks share a similar set of compounds so you can expect regular Kombucha drinking to help lower your cholesterol levels and improve your blood sugar balance. Green tea drinkers are at less risk of prostate, colon, and breast cancer, and the same can be said for regular Kombucha drinkers.
Health experts will tell you how important antioxidants are for your body. They’ll suggest that you get them from food and drink rather than supplements. Kombucha is packed with antioxidants that help fight off free radicals, which can damage your cells. When you make Kombucha with green tea, the drink’s antioxidants will have a major effect on your liver. Scientists are split on whether antioxidants from food can help major diseases as recent studies on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease sufferers were inconclusive.
Today, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world. In the US alone, 610,000 people die each year from heart disease. That means it accounts for one in every four deaths in America. Kombucha tea protects LDL cholesterol particles and protects them from oxidation, which is believed to contribute to heart disease. Studies suggest that if you drink kombucha tea, you will be 31% less likely to develop heart disease.
Type 2 Diabetes
Recent studies are starting to suggest that drinking kombucha can reduce blood sugar levels. It does this by slowing down the digestion of carbs, which also helps your liver and kidneys to function properly. Type 2 diabetics tend to lack insulin and they have high blood sugar and are insulin resistant. There are around 300 million sufferers who could also benefit if future studies show the sort of results recent research has suggested is possible.
May Help Battle Cancer
This is not the sort of big, unproven claim that some parts of the world make for kombucha. It’s also too soon to say conclusively that consuming the drink on a regular basis helps battle cancer. Even though that’s been suggested by the results of test-tube studies recently undertaken. In those studies, the drink helped prevent the growth and spread of cancerous cells. However, it has to be understood that the results are not conclusive and that laboratory testing can give misleading results.