The Chinese health elixir dates back to 200 B.C. and is widely recognized for its health benefits and healing properties.
So What The Heck Is It?
Kombucha is tea drink that is fermented and sweetened through a multi-step process. Typically made from black or green tea, the drink goes through a double fermentation process that includes a SCOBY, a culture of bacteria and yeast, being placed in the mixture to initiate the whole process`. It ferments for approximately three weeks and is then bottled to ferment for an additional two weeks. The bottling process allows CO2 to be released and creates carbonation. Upon refrigeration, the fermentation process slows and the kombucha is ready to drink.
Benefits Of Kombucha
1. Disease Prevention
Kombucha contains a number of antioxidants that help in the detoxification of the body. It primarily reduces inflammation, which is the root cause of a number of diseases. In addition to detoxing, kombucha has also been shown to help with anti-oxidation, energy, and immune support. While kombucha neither treats, nor cures disease, research shows that it supports a number of bodily functions.
2. Support Gut Health
Kombucha contains high levels of beneficial acids, probiotics, amino acids and enzymes that help restore balance within the digestive system. The probiotics replenish the good bacteria needed in the digestive tract for it to function properly.
The live cultures in kombucha destroy bad bacteria that may be lurking in the digestive tract, including strains of staph, E. coli and salmonella. It has also been shown to have antibacterial effects against the most common cause of food poisoning.
4. Regulates Cholesterol
Animal testing has shown that kombucha helps lower triglyceride levels, which, when high, increases the risk of heart attack and strokes. Additionally, it is also related to regulating cholesterol levels naturally.
5. Liver Support
The liver is responsible for filtering toxins in the body and plays a vital role in digestion. The antioxidants in kombucha help protect the liver from being overworked and also can help prevent damage.
Redcup now carries locally brewed kombucha from the Boulder based company Rowdy Mermaid. Not only are there a variety of flavors perfect for every palette but it is also hand crafted by local brew master who use organic tea, herbs, and fruits. Rowdy Mermaid kombucha is unique with filtered Colorado snowmelt mixed into the recipe. Contact us today to include kombucha in your office beverage service.