the Many Benefits of Kombucha
Detoxification produces healthy livers and aides in cancer prevention. One of kombucha’s greatest health benefits is its ability to detox the body. It is rich in many of the enzymes and bacterial acids your body produces and/or uses to detox your system, thus reducing your pancreatic load and easing the burden on your liver. Kombucha is very high in Glucaric acid, and recent studies have shown that glucaric acid helps prevent cancer.
I know ones in my immediate circle of friends who have had cancer and fought it into remission without any chemo or radiation therapy. I also know ones that have had Liver disease and have reversed this and gained back a healthy liver. How? They warded it off by detoxing their lives (going 100% organic, removing chemical cleaners and agents in their home, changing their diet to be at least 80% raw or fermented, etc.) Central to the detoxification process was drinking Kombucha regularly. Even Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the recently deceased Russian author and nobel-prize winner, in his autobiography, claimed that kombucha tea cured his stomach cancer during his internment in soviet labor camps. (And because of this testimony, President Reagan used Kombucha to halt the spread of his cancer in 1987. You’ll note he didn’t die until 2004, and that was from old age, NOT cancer.)
Consumption of Kombucha has been associated with lower cancer rates. Researchers believe it increases the immune system’s anticancer defenses. It may prevent cancer proliferation at early stages of tumor growth due to its glucuronic, lactic, and acetic acid content, as well as its antibiotic compounds. It may have anticarcinogenic effects especially for hormone-dependent tumors.
Cell studies suggest it may be useful for prostate cancer treatment and prevention. It’s also been studied as an anticancer agent against human lung, osteosarcoma, and renal cancer cell lines.
2) Joint Care
Kombucha contains glucosamines, a strong preventive and treatment all forms of arthritis. Glucosamines increase synovial hyaluronic acid production. Hyaluronic acid functions physiologically to aid preservation of cartilage structure and prevent arthritic pain, with relief comparable to NSAIDs and advantage over glucocorticoids. Hyaluronic acid enables connective tissue to bind moisture thousands of times its weight and maintains tissue structure, moisture, lubrication and flexibility and lessens free radical damage, while associated collagen retards and reduces wrinkles. I personally had bone spore growths, along with 3rd stage degenerative arthritis in my neck, I was diagnosed June 2013 when I started on changes in my life, of which included drinking Kombucha. Now, Sept 2015, my spores are gone, my arthritis in the neck is gone, there is clearly marked calcium growth in a positive way on my bones and my joints are nicely lubricating.
Kombucha contains abundant antioxidants including vitamins E, C, beta-carotene, and other carotenoids. Like black tea, kombucha also contains polyphenols and other compounds with antioxidant powers. But because it is fermented, kombucha is much more powerful than plain tea. Its antioxidant activity has been found to be 100 times higher than vitamin C and 25 times higher than vitamin E. For that reason drinking traditional Kombucha may help cure chronic illnesses caused by oxidative stress.
4) Aid in Digestion and leads to a Healthy Gut
Because it’s naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, Kombucha is a probiotic beverage. This has a myriad of benefits such as improved digestion, fighting candida (harmful yeast) overgrowth, mental clarity, and mood stability. As such, it’s noted for reducing or eliminating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, etc. My husband who does have a mood disorder, drinks my home brewed Kombucha regularly and his mood has stabilized. Personally my guts feel better and better daily.
4) Immune Boosting
Kombucha is extraordinarily anti-oxidant rich, and you all know the benefits of anti-oxidants for boosting your immune system and energy levels. After a day or two of constant drinking this elixir, you will begin to feel healthier and happier. Like drinking an energy drink without the sugars and harmful chemicals, cause all this is a natural chemical baby.
5) Weight Loss
Kombucha helps balance the metabolism. Animal studies show the tea may cause weight loss by encouraging calorie restriction. Data from a study in 2005 showed evidence that kombucha improves metabolism and limits fat accumulation. Though we need to see more studies before we can confirm these results, it makes sense that kombucha supports weight loss since it’s high in acetic acid (just like apple cider vinegar is) and polyphenols, which are proven to help increase weight loss. I am personally excited about this one, as I am working daily at weight loss and just to generally feel great every day.
Research dating back to 1929 found Kombucha can decrease blood sugar levels. More recent animal studies report that kombucha significantly reduces blood sugar levels in diabetic rats. Another study suggested kombucha may be considered a candidate for the treatment and prevention of diabetes.
7) Kidney Toxicity
Kombucha may help eliminate kidney damage caused by environmental pollutants and may be beneficial to patients suffering from renal impairment. Kombucha has also been used to prevent calcification in the kidney and may prevent the formation of kidney stones.
Organic acids found in Kombucha convert trivalent iron compounds from plant sources to divalent iron ions. This makes iron from plant sources more available to the body. And vitamin C in kombucha enhances iron absorption. Researchers suggest Kombucha is particularly recommended for elderly people and vegetarians because it enhances the absorption of iron and helps prevent iron deficiency.
Daily Kombucha may help asthma patients. It contains significant amounts of theophylline, a bronchodilator. The treatment dose of theophylline is 0.18-1.0 g daily. Just one cup of Kombucha contains about 1.44 mg.
10) Antibiotic Resistant Infections
Kombucha contains strong antibacterials to combat infectious diseases such as diptheria, scarlet fever, influenza, typhoid, paratyphoid fever, and dysentery. Its high total acidity makes it effective against Helicobacter pylori, Salmonella typhimurium, Staphylococcus aureus, and Bacillus cereus. It’s been suggested that kombucha may be an effective alternative to synthetic antimicrobials that are becoming increasingly ineffective.
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