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The Top 6 Health Benefits of Drinking Kombucha

May 3 2018
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Did you know you can sip your way to better health? If you’ve never tried kombucha tea, it might be time to start. This fermented drink is brimming with a variety of health benefits — it can do everything from help you feel energized to make managing certain diseases easier. Learn more about the health benefits of kombucha and why you may want to add it into your diet.

1. Kombucha is full of probiotics

Like yogurt and sauerkraut, kombucha is fermented. This means that the tea undergoes a natural process where healthy bacteria convert ingredients in the tea into acids and gases. This makes the tea fizzy, and it also adds beneficial bacteria called probiotics. These living bacteria keep your stomach and intestines healthy, and they’re also what help your immune system fight off illnesses.

2. It can kill bad bacteria

If you’ve ever used vinegar to clean around your home, you know it’s a powerful germ-buster. Acetic acid, which is one of the main bacteria-fighting compounds in vinegar, is also abundant in kombucha. This gives the tea antibacterial properties that can get rid of the bad bacteria in your body and even help you fight off infections.

3. Kombucha is packed with antioxidants

If the probiotics and healthy acids in kombucha weren’t enough, this drink also contains plant-based chemicals called polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants — naturally occurring compounds, molecules and vitamins that keep your body’s cells healthy. When your body uses oxygen, it creates byproduct molecules that can damage your cells and DNA. The polyphenols and other antioxidants in kombucha prevent this cell damage and can also protect you against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

4. Kombucha can help you manage type 2 diabetes

When you have Type 2 diabetes, your body has trouble using insulin, a hormone that helps you get energy from the carbohydrates you eat. Your blood sugar levels can then become dangerously high when you eat carb-rich foods. Over time, blood sugar spikes can damage your organs and harden your arteries. One of the health benefits of kombucha is that it may help keep your blood sugar even by slowing the rate at which your body digests carbs. Green tea kombucha in particular is a great choice for this.

5. It may limit your risk of heart disease

Kombucha can be beneficial for your heart and for your cholesterol levels. Having just a half-cup of the tea every day can raise your HDL (“good” cholesterol) levels and lower your LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels. When the ratios between these numbers are balanced, your risk of having a heart attack or developing heart disease drops because the cholesterol doesn’t build up as quickly in your arteries.

6. Kombucha might lower your cancer risk

Remember those polyphenols and antioxidants in kombucha tea? Scientists have found that these compounds may also keep your genes from mutating, which is a common cause of cancer. In addition, antioxidants can help your body keep cancer cells from growing and spreading. They can even cause cancer cells to die off.

Are you ready to learn more about adding kombucha to your diet? If you have any questions about the health benefits of kombucha or other lifestyle changes, you can always contact your primary care physician. Learn more today at mercy.com.


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Kris Payton

Where do you get it or make it?
May 07th, 2018 | 9:42am

Joan Barnes

Is jumbuck TEA available at large grocery stores or specialty stores? I don't think I have seen it in Lima, Oh.
May 08th, 2018 | 11:49am

Mercy Health

Hi Joan, while we can't speak to which specific grocery stores in Lima may carry kombucha, it is becoming more widely available at large grocery stores. It could be in a few different aisles, so our best advice is to ask your supermarket employee next time you are shopping. Once you're able to try it, let us know what you think!
May 14th, 2018 | 9:20am

Mercy Health

Hi Kris, kombucha is becoming widely available at several large grocery stores. You can buy it at Kroger as well as Whole Foods, smaller specialty stores and many others! Let us know what you think once you're able to try it.
May 14th, 2018 | 9:23am

Jean Welch

You can "google" how to make home made Kombucha. Store bought is expensive.
May 17th, 2018 | 9:25am

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