Could Kombucha protect you from cancer and disease?
We've been fans of Kombucha for a long time. Tonicka Kombucha itself has been around since 2012.
That said, we're by no means pioneers. Kombucha has a long and storied history over the centuries. The first recorded consumption of the delicious brew comes from the depths of China's Tsin Dynasty in 221 BC. At that time it was declared to be "The Tea of Immortality".
However it has to be said that Kombucha hasn't had the adoption rate that it deserves, particularly in the Western world. That tide may be changing.
When you see the Sydney Morning Herald writing about the drink that we love so much, you know that the mainstream is embracing it. And with good reason.
It turns out that the Eastern wisdom of two millennia ago may be confirmed by Western science in the 21st century.
"A tiny molecule found inside kombucha and other fermented foods - and also produced by our body when we eat fibre - now has science very excited. Australian researchers believe it may play a significant role in our bodies, reducing cancer risk, lowering blood pressure and moderating auto-immune diseases," according to the SMH.
It's the short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) contained in Kombucha which have scientists so enthused. This year marks the commencement of long-awaited trials on the benefits of SCFA on human test subjects. In other words, it's crunch time. We finally have an opportunity to scientifically verify the immense health value of the pre-biotic and pro-biotic laden beverage we all enjoy.
As pointed out in the article, the list of diseases and conditions that scientists hope may be linked to this break-through research include, "inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, food allergies, hypertension, cancers of the gut, liver diseases, type 1 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease."
What a list that is. The minimal consumption of fermented foods in the average Western diet is blamed for our lack of beneficial SCFA.
Enjoy that tasty Kombucha you drink today; it may be doing you even more good than you realise.