Kombucha (pronounced kom·boo·cha) is a slightly fizzy and very refreshing combination of water, tea, sugar, and a living culture known as SCOBY. Kombucha SCOBY is made up of many different bacteria including Gluconacetobacter, which is unique to Kombucha. The color of Kombucha ranges from a pale to dark brown depending on the type of tea used. A mix between sweet and tangy, Kombucha is sometimes an acquired taste. Many people first encounter Kombucha in the refrigerated section of the health food store or supermarket wondering, What is Kombucha?
Kombucha has seen an amazing surge in popularity over the past couple decades. This is in part because of it’s great taste, but more so for it’s potential health benefits. Fans of Kombucha are eager to share their personal accounts to the benefits they’ve seen from incorporating Kombucha into their daily diets.
What is Kombucha’s Health Benefits?
Kombucha has been said to have the following healing properties:
- Intestinal and digestive health
- Reduce constipation
- Reduction of free radicals
- Reduce glucose levels
- Minimize kidney stones
- Promotes alkalinity of body
- Reduce blood-pressure
- Reduce chance of cancer
It’s tough to find any conclusive evidence concluding that Kombucha cures any diseases or illness. However, something can be said for the thousands of testimonials to the power of Kombucha.
What is Kombucha’s Nutritional Information?
The nutrition facts for Kombucha may vary depending on the Kombucha recipe used.
Serving Size 8 fl oz.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 7g
Probiotic Content (varies by culture used)
Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086: 1 billion organisms
S. Boulardii: 1 billion organisms
Antioxidants and Organic Acids
Glucuronic Acid 10mg
L(+) Lactic Acid 25mg
Acetic Acid 30 mg
What is Kombucha’s History?
While Kombucha is relatively new to the western world, it’s origins date back many century’s. Kombucha is consistently traced back to China during the rule of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, between 220-206 B.C. The same time period when construction began on the Great Wall of China.