Everyone's drinking it! Most people love it! It's the healthy alternative to soft drink but maybe you're still wondering... What's so good about Kombucha?
We asked this question to Remedy Nutritionist Jacqueline Alwil, who told us - in short - the benefits of kombucha essentially come down to three key components: live cultures, organic acids, and antioxidants in the form of tea polyphenols. Combined, these three powerhouses help to support our all-important gut health as well as overall health and wellbeing.
We wanted to know more so we asked Jacqueline to break it down in a little more detail…
1. LIVE CULTURES
When kombucha is fermented naturally and kept raw, unpasteurised and unfiltered, the way it is done at Remedy, it contains healthy, living, good bacteria, or live cultures. Every bottle literally contains billions of these microorganisms. Live cultures are great for gut health. We now know, thanks to the amazing work of scientists around the world, that good gut health is critical to overall health and wellbeing. Research has proven (and continues to explore in more detail) how it affects everything from our digestion to our mood.
Live cultures improve gut health because they increase the diversity of your gut flora, or gut microbiota, aka the microorganisms or bugs that live in your gut.
They work together as a symbiotic community to get things working as they should and can also prevent the opportunistic growth of bag bugs. So the more diversity in there, the better things will work!
2. HEALTHY ORGANIC ACIDS
Organic acids, also known as short chain fatty acids (SFCA) are produced during the natural fermentation or brewing process of making kombucha. You probably aren’t prepared for the words “acid” or “fatty” to be good, but trust us these little treasures are a powerhouse of goodness.
Without getting too technical or scientific, organic acids can help to:
- Assist in regulating appetite.
- Prevent overgrowth of bad bugs in your gut.
- Provide an energy source for the good bacteria in your gut.
- Help stabilise blood sugar levels.
- Help to regulate cholesterol.
Remedy Kombucha is teeming with naturally occurring tea polyphenols – nutrients which are rich in antioxidants to help the body fight illness. These polyphenols - which come from the organic green and black tea that form the base of our brew - play an essential role as a prebiotic to increase the ratio of beneficial bacteria in your gut.
BONUS: NATURALLY FREE FROM SUGAR
In addition to the good stuff that IS in Remedy Kombucha, the other benefit comes from what’s NOT in it, and that’s sugar! The negative health effects of too much sugar are pretty clear; from really basic and fairly immediate effects like weight gain, through to major risks such as diabetes, heart disease.
The beauty of Remedy is that although sugar goes into the initial brew, it gets eaten up by the live cultures during fermentation to produce those organic acids. Remedy brews out ALL of the sugar, and we test every batch to make sure. Which is why Remedy has the official tick of approval from I Quit Sugar.
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