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What is Kombucha Tea?

What is kombucha by Wicode

Kombucha tea is a fermented tea that dates back to ancient times. Although this tea, which originated in East Asia, has a history of 2000 years, it is an alternative medicine that reached Europe through Russia in the 19th century.

Kombucha contains more than one bacteria, and due to the method of preparation, these bacteria are constantly breeding. During the fermentation stage, glucose, the essential sugar, is broken down throughout the fermentation process. For this reason, when you open a Kombucha bottle or jar, gas comes out as if you were opening soda or cola. The first thing you will notice after this gas is its sour smell like vinegar.

Of course, there is a trace amount of alcohol formation in such a fermentation-based beverage. However, Kombucha is in the category of non-alcoholic beverages because it has an alcohol content of less than 0.5%. By increasing the brewing time, a Kombucha with a higher alcohol content such as 1.0% or 1.5% can be obtained by using high sugar and yeast.

Kombucha tea is brewed and gains its properties thanks to the Kombucha mushroom. Although it is from the mushroom family, Kombucha Mushrooms have a different structure from normal mushrooms, reminiscent of the appearance of a cleaned artichoke, and consist of a disc-shaped and gelatin-like membrane. This mushroom grows in a jar-like environment, in a solution of sugar and tea, and lives in continuous reproduction.

The main ingredients of Kombucha tea, whose brewing process takes 10-14 days, are tea and sugar. But because of the kombucha mushroom, and the fermentation process, its ingredients expand. It contains substances such as B vitamins, hyaluronic acid, heparin, and probiotics.

There are many different areas where kombucha is beneficial, such as:

  • Relieves digestion
  • Helps weight loss
  • Increases energy
  • Contains detox feature
  • Supports the immune system
  • Reduces joint pain
  • Reduces the risk of cancer

In addition to all these benefits, Kombucha tea is not recommended for people who have problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, gastritis, and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, due to the intense amount of acid it contains.