"Elixir of life", "drink of immortality," "mushroom drink of long life" ... Kombucha goes by many enticing nicknames, yet it still remains a mystery to many of us!
What is kombucha? What are the benefits of kombucha? and how to you make your own kombucha? Fine Dining Lovers reveals all.
WHAT IS KOMBUCHA? WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
Kombucha has been consumed in China, Mongolia and Russia for over 2000 years. Also known as the "Manchurian mushroom", kombucha is a living beverage composed of bacteria (Acetobacter and Pichia) and yeasts (Saccharomyces, Zygosaccharomyces and Brettanomyces), macerated in a mixture of green or black tea and sugar during ten days.
In the end, kombucha is a fermented slightly sparkling and alcoholic juice, with a taste reminiscent of cider.
What are the health benefits of kombucha?
The health virtues of the kombucha could be numerous. Thanks to the presence of enzymes, probiotics, B vitamins, amino acids, mineral salts, etc ... Kombucha could be effective for boosting the immune system and joint health. It also has a "detox effect" thanks to the antioxidants of tea, could improve digestion, promote weight loss and even fight against certain cancers.
However, these many health "virtues" have never been proven. "The most serious publications actually show powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects," explains Dr. Réginald Allouche to our colleagues at Atlantico. "Two studies even show preventive effects on certain cancers.No, and I repeat, the mouse is not the man and the extrapolation of these results to man is not possible as it is. It is imperative to confirm these effects on humans before recommending this drink for its therapeutic action. "
Where can I buy Kombucha?
In specialist health shops or organic food shops, of super markets like Whole Foods.
If you feel equipped, you can equally make kombucha at home, being sure to respect all the necessary hygiene rules, otherwise you risk making yourself very ill!
How to Make Kombucha?
Munchies get you started with your own technique to make kombucha at home.