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"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 do you make your own kombucha? Fine Dining Lovers reveals all.
What is kombucha and where did it originate?
Kombucha has been around for over 2000 years in China, Mongolia and Russia. 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 over ten days.
In summary, kombucha is a fermented slightly sparkling and mildly alcoholic juice, which tastes similar to 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 in boosting the immune system and joint health. It also has a "detox effect" thanks to the antioxidants of tea and could improve digestion, promote weight loss and even fight against certain cancers.
However, these many health "virtues" have not yet been proven. "The most serious publications actually show powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects," explained Dr. Réginald Allouche to our colleagues at Atlantico. "Two studies even show preventive effects on certain cancers." However, it's still too early on in its research to confirm that the drink can be medically recommended for its theraputic action.
Where can I buy Kombucha?
In specialist health shops or organic food shops, of supermarkets 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?
Learn how to make kombuch at home and look after your scoby in the video clip from Munchies, below: