[Kombucha Efficacy] The reason famous picky stars chose kombucha

[Kombucha Efficacy] The reason famous picky stars chose kombucha

Nov 22, 2022KimSunhyo

Beverages loved by BTS,

What are the benefits of kombucha?

Beverages loved by BTS,
What are the benefits of kombucha?


Kombucha Benefits
1. Antitoxin
2. Suppression of blood sugar rise & improvement of blood lipid
3. Antibacterial activity

Hello. This is Jinny, the pharmacist.

Kombucha is known to be enjoyed by Hollywood stars such as Madonna and Miranda Kerr, and it is a drink that started to become famous. Now you can easily encounter them at marts, convenience stores, and franchise cafes. Do you know what kind of drink it is and where is it good for?
Kombucha is a beverage obtained by adding raw sugar to green or black tea and fermenting it. It is unique in that it is fermented by the symbiotic culture of microorganisms and yeast. As a result, many studies have been conducted on health benefits as it contains abundant microorganisms, yeast, and glucuronic acid. Today, I would like to introduce the benefits of consuming kombucha that have been studied so far .

1.  Antitoxin

When you think of the benefits of kombucha, this is probably the first thing that comes to mind, and that is detox. Detox means the release of toxins and wastes accumulated in the body . In particular, it is a concept that is attracting attention today, where it is easy to be exposed to chemicals.

In 2009, Gharib reported to the academic community the results of a study on the detoxifying activity of kombucha against body toxicity caused by trichlorethylene, which is commonly used as a solvent in household cleaners.

" According to the results of this study, fermented Kombucha improves trichlorethylene-induced kidney damage and contributes to its elimination from the body."
Reference paper: G harib, OA (2009). Effects of Kombucha on oxidative stress induced nephrotoxicity in rats. Chinese medicine, 4(1), 1-6.
2. Suppression of blood sugar rise & improvement of blood lipid

Blood sugar and blood lipids are not only indicators to measure diabetes and cardiovascular disease , but there are many people who manage them for diet. Popular diets such as intermittent fasting, ketogenic, and FMD diets all aim to control blood sugar spikes.

Another effect of kombucha that is attracting attention in the academic world is related to blood sugar and blood lipids. In 2012, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine published a paper reporting the benefits of reducing blood sugar rise and improving blood lipids by ingesting kombucha .

“ The results of this study show that compared to black tea, kombucha has an excellent inhibitory activity on blood sugar rise. Interestingly, kombucha has been shown to significantly delay the absorption of LDL-cholesterol and fat and significantly increase HDL-cholesterol."
Reference paper: Al oulou, A., Hamden, K., Elloumi, D., Ali, MB, Hargafi, K., Jaouadi, B., ... & Ammar, E. (2012). Hypoglycemic and antilipidemic properties of kombucha tea in alloxan-induced diabetic rats. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 12(1), 1-9.
3. Antibacterial activity

As explained earlier, the unique point of kombucha is that it is a fermented beverage obtained by symbiotic fermentation of microorganisms and yeast . Accordingly, it is known that kombucha contains abundant physiologically active metabolites, has antibacterial activity, and can be stored for a long time without spoiling easily. If so, wouldn't it have antibacterial activity against pathogens?

In 2021, Molecules reported the results of research on the antibacterial activity of fermented kombucha beverages against pathogens and fungi, including Staphylococcus aureus and pathogenic Escherichia coli, which cause food poisoning, pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis in humans .

“ The metabolites produced during fermentation of kombucha collectively appear to contribute to the antibacterial activity, and the fermented kombucha beverage showed remarkable antibacterial activity against pathogenic bacteria and fungi. "
Reference paper: Al-Mohammadi, AR, Ismaiel, AA, Ibrahim, RA, Moustafa, AH, Abou Zeid, A., & Enan, G. (2021). Chemical constitution and antimicrobial activity of kombucha fermented beverage. Molecules, 26(16), 5026.

Lastly, I would like to introduce an interesting back story about kombucha. Kombucha is known as a type of fermented beverage that originated in ancient Manchuria. According to the record that in 414, Kim Mu, who went to Japan at the invitation of King Mingyo, cured the king's illness by visiting a pharmacy, it is assumed that Kim Mu introduced kombucha to Japan at this time.

Today, we looked at the various benefits of kombucha reported in academia. It is kombucha with various benefits and addictive refreshing feeling, but it is as acidic as the refreshing taste, so it is recommended to drink it within 3 cups a day.

I hope you have a healthy day in body and mind. It was Jinny.

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