by Taetske | 10:50 am
(Last Updated On: January 17, 2019)

Kombucha, one of the healthiest drinks in the world?

 

Before we dive into some of its health aspects I would like to tell you a bit about its long history.

 

Kombucha has been used for more than 2000 years

Kombucha seems to have originated in Manchuria, around 220 BC. One of the stories tells that a Korean medicine man named Kom-bu prescribed the tea to heal the Japanese Emperor’s disorders. This happened in the year 414. The tea came from China, via Korea to Japan and there it got its name “Tsche of Kombu”.  This tea eventually reached Europe via Mongolia and Russia. When World War I started, kombucha slowly but surely disappeared as there was a shortage of sugar. In the 1920s there was a comeback of the kombucha fungus and researchers started to show interest. Then came World War II and all investigation stopped.

 

Mongolian horseman and his sheep

Mongolian horseman and his sheep

 

The real come back was in the 1960s. People heard reports from Kargasok, Russia where people seemed to reach a great age. The most famous research comes from the University of Omsk in Russia. Here in the west, Dr. Sklenar is often mentioned in the German press.

 

ronald reagan statue in london

Ronal Reagan statue in London

 

U.S. President Ronald Reagan was suffering from cancer. While reading the autobiography of the Nobel Prize author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, he was informed that the writer fully recovered from cancer in a Tashkent cancer ward in 1953. President Reagan obtained a culture from Japan and drank 1 liter of Kombucha a day. This stopped his cancer from spreading and he could finish his term in office.

 

 

Have you heard about Kombucha? if not I recommend you to read this post as it will be important for your health.

 

What is Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented tea and has become very popular lately. You will find it in most supermarkets and convenience store worldwide. In 2017, kombucha sales in the U.S reached more than $500 million and the food Industry thinks that by the year 2020, sales will reach the $2 billion

You might ask what does Kombucha taste like: Did you ever drink a glass of sparkling cider? Well, kombucha tastes very similar. It has a light vinegary flavor, it is a little sweet and at the same time sour. Ideal for when the temperature is high outside, as it is very refreshing. Some people will opt for adding herbs, spices, and fruit purees. Personally, I prefer the traditional taste.

 

 

The health benefits of Kombucha

Many good things are attributed to drinking this tea. There are proven benefits in fighting cancer, it will burn fat, improve bone strength and it seems to protect against cardiovascular disease. There are lots of antioxidants, but sadly there are no published studies on the biological effects kombucha might have on humans. There are a lot of studies which suggest that it could have a detoxifying together with an antimicrobial effect. It might be helpful to prevent disease and battle type 2 diabetes.

Sugar is used to make this tea and is still present after 7 days of fermenting. We all know that too much sugar is bad, so stay away from store bought as often extra sugar is added, ending up having as much sugar, like 14 grams, as in a can of coke.

 

kombucha bought in a shop

Kombucha bought in a shop

 

Negative effects  for some people

Many people worldwide have tasted this drink at least once. The longer you keep fermenting it the more acids it will produce. This might not be ideal for people who have a weak immune system and people who are HIV positive. Some people can feel dizzy and perhaps have some allergic reaction and a headache.

In total the side effects are few and very few people suffer them. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not drink it. Let us not forget that all man-made medicines normally have a long list of side effects and people are still being prescribed these pills.

 

 

How to make Kombucha

It is not difficult but you need some space where the pot can stay undisturbed. As it ferments you will smell it, so chose the place carefully to prevent anyone from disturbing the fermenting container. I have it standing on a windowsill in the kitchen.

You will need a glass container which is big enough to allow the Kombucha to grow. I chose a big glass salad bowl. You will need to make tea, take black, green, or white tea. I have always used black tea. Take care to use loose tea and organic. After making the tea, you add a certain amount of white sugar and let the tea cool off. You will pour the tea in the glass bowl and add a SCOBY (this is a thick jelly-like disk which grows as big as there is space available. It is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) or “mother ” and leaving a little headspace, cover it with a clean thin cloth and put a string around the bowl.

 

black tea

Black tea

 

You leave it standing between 3 to 30 days (I would leave it standing for 14 days.) The tea will ferment and the Scoby will multiply making a baby on top. When all is ready you can separate the mother from the baby and continue with 2 bowls. You pass the liquid through a sieve into a bottle which you keep in the fridge. Drink at least 1 glass a day.

Kombucha has been used with animals. A trial with sheep and calves was successful in 100% of the cases when Kombucha drops were given in case of diarrhea. With healthy animals, it also had a positive effect. A growth increase of 15% was noted.

 

Conclusion

If you want to drink Kombucha, make it yourself. You need a glass bowl and a stainless steel pot for cooking the tea. Everything has to be really clean. The mother has to be healthy, no black spots or mold otherwise it could harm your health.  The temperature has to be constant to get good results.  Drinking this tea is a lot more healthy than buying canned juices or soda pops.

 

Source: Ocean Robbins, Food Revolution Network, November 14, 2018, and Harald Tietze author of the book Kombucha, The miracle Fungus.

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

Nature offers many good things for our health. Perhaps you like to read also the following post.

Do You Know the Many Health Benefits of Coconut Oil?

 

Comments

Chris

I really find it quite strange that medicine through the 20th century took so long to look into certain ingredients to see if they did indeed have benefits. This is not only with kombucha – we are seeing a lot of it going on with THC hemp oil at the moment. 

At last we seem to have got to the point where modern medicine is prepared to take these ‘out there’ remedies and find out how they work. 

Great article – I especially liked the history behind the tea which you included. 

Jan 15.2019 | 03:12 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Chris,

    Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment.

    Science is rediscovering a lot of things that were known to old cultures for many thousands of years. It seems that in the Amazon rainforest only about 10% of the plants have been studied for their healing properties. We are stupid and chopping the rain forest down.

    As you mentioned CBD is one of those things that have been known for a long time. As it is a natural product one cannot patent it and that is why there is such opposition. Before cotton became in most garments were made of hemp. Hemp is great as it can be made into toilet paper or used for building houses and many more things.

    Regards, Taetske 

    Jan 15.2019 | 06:45 pm

Nuttanee

I drink synergy kombucha every morning, it was an acquired taste at first but I grow to like it. I even attempted making it once in the beer kit that we got as a Christmas gift, but I don’t think I have the right temperature for the yeast so my husband and I ended up spending a lot of time in the bathroom (if you know what I mean). The mother that we cultured was so pretty though, oh well. After reading your post I am tempted to make a new batch again. Great article, will share it to my friends. I am going to convert them from making beers into making kombucha instead. 😉

Jan 15.2019 | 03:16 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Nuttanee,

    Nice to see you again. Thank you for the comment on my post.

    When I made Kombucha I had a bit of a problem in the summer. As I live in the south of Spain it would get a bit too warm for the culture so I could not let it stay for many days. The smell also got quite strong. On the other hand, once it was in a bottle in the fridge it was a great summer drink.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 15.2019 | 06:50 pm

andrejs

Thanks, Taetske, to remind me of Kombucha Tea. In fact, I am familiar with this tasty drink from childhood. My grandma and mom used to make it sometimes. Like you mention I read a lot about it, it is a healthy drink. Here in Latvia no problems to get Mother Culture Scoby for free from older neighbors who still drink it every day. The only problem I encounter is in the warm summertime as many flies appear in the kombucha jar. How to get rid of them?

Jan 15.2019 | 03:19 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Andrejs,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    If you have a problem with flies then you must have missed 1 important step. You have to take a clean and thin cloth to put over the jar. Then you have to put a string or elastic around the jar, voila, no more flies inside. Now that is great you can get a culture from your neighbors.

    I have never been to Latvia, I must visit your country one day.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 15.2019 | 06:59 pm

Maxine Georges

Good afternoon Taetske,
What a blessing to learn about Kombucha tea. I really took the time absorbing its history, benefits and how to make this important health tea. I want to taste it to see if I can tolerate the flavor.
From reading, there is no confirmed research for diabetes only for cancer, but I will still try to use it as a natural remedy.
Why society keep things of this nature without research is part of a larger puzzle.
You see, I have type 2 diabetes that is controlled with a medication which has serious side effects. This could me an answer to a pressing problem.
I will definitely make it myself to control the ingredients. I love to experiment with earthy exotic spices. Maybe that is why I am so sweet. :-))
Do you think I would be able to get Mother Culure Scoby in the Virgin Islands.
Thank you for sharing this other way to naturally control my diabetes.
Blessings
Maxine

Jan 17.2019 | 06:26 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Maxine,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?
    I have an Amazon link which takes you to a German company who sells SCOBY but I think they only deliver in Europe. So I had a look and also found in Amazon an American company who sells the Kombucha culture. I have put them on the post. Have a look as I did not compare prices between the 2 companies.
    I don’t know of course if you can get it where you live. You could ask in the health shop as they might know.
    If it is possible to cure oneself with natural methods I prefer that instead of chemical medicine. As you said it has side effects so it would be great if Kombucha tea would help you. In our society, the natural things are not promoted by Big Pharma as they cannot patent it so they do not earn money. I am keeping my fingers crossed. With best wishes.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 18.2019 | 07:59 am

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