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Organic Kombucha Tea
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Organic kombucha tea has been in use since the 19th century. The benefits of kombucha drink are believed to be in the area of longevity and immune system support; kombucha tea is a health supplement.
If youre a tea lover interested in medicinal brews, you may want to look into organic kombucha tea. Kombucha tea is available as a commercial product or in loose tea form for use at home.
History of Kombucha Drink
This particular beverage has a relatively controversial history. Some say it originated in the Far East as a longevity aid. From there, it purportedly came to Russia and Europe. In Russia specifically, it as called Tea Kvass (note this is not the beverage Kvass). Unfortunately, the ancient origins are sketchy at best and potential mis-translations at worst.
What we do know for certain is that the use of Kombucha in the public for health reasons is relatively new compared to the history of tea, which spans several thousand years.
It seems to have developed in 19th century in Russia. From here, interest spread to other countries but seemed to quiet during World War 2. When the interest in various natural healing substances resurfaced, some people began exploring Kombucha as a way of treating cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
What exactly is Organic Kombucha Tea?
Kombucha tea is made from bacteria and yeasts that get added to tea with sugar and area allowed to ferment to make a tonic of sorts. The culture needed for this is beige and rather squeaky in texture. As this ferments in tea, various minerals and vitamins are released along with enzymes.
Specifically, Kombucha creates the antioxidant vitamins B and C alongside amino acids.
Note, however that the results of the fermentation is nothing like a 'spirit' - the percentage of alcohol is closer to 1 percent. Note that black, green, white and oolong teas are preferred for the base of the Kombucha over scented and flavored teas.
Other Names for Kombucha Tea: Kombucha may be marketed as tea fungus, Manchurian tea and/or Kargasok tea.
Drawbacks of Kombucha Drink
Because of the base components in organic kombucha tea, you need to be very careful with how you prepare and store the beverage. Remember to keep your work space clean and all glass storage containers fully sanitized.
If youre not well versed in preparing kombucha, it might be best to purchase a commercial organic product instead.
Summary: Benefits of Kombucha
Organic Kombucha tea is coming into public awareness as a potentially healthful supplement, particularly to decrease the signs of aging and support the immune system.
Since there have not been extensive tests done, its recommended trying this tea on a limited basis initially to see how your body reacts. If you do not know how to properly prepare the tea yourself, buy a trusted product thats getting solid reviews from people you know, or numerous consumers.
Disclaimer: While the benefits of Kombucha tea are becoming more widely reported, the content of this page is an opinion and is not meant to be medical advice. Please consult with your doctor or health care practioner for specific problems or advice.
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