As a rising trend in the health food industry, Kombucha is now readily available in most health food stores, cafes, and juice bars. This fermented green or black tea contains yeast and bacterial cultures that aid digestion and improve biome health. The natural fermentation process gives Kombucha slight carbonation and a unique tang to its flavor.
Kombucha is far more than a healthy diet fad. The fermented tea contains beneficial enzymes, a high concentration of lactic and gluconic acid, as well as probiotics and B-vitamins. Daily consumption of Kombucha will detoxify the body, aid digestion, and provide immune support. The tea also assists the body in reducing inflammation thereby relieving gastrointestinal distress and joint pain.
Typical Kombucha recipes call for the beverage to ferment for a week or longer. During this phase, probiotic bacteria colonize the tea. The green or black tea leaves release beneficial polyphenol antioxidants and catechins into the brew as well.