As with most places, Russia too noticed a remarkable increase in cancer rates during the 19th century. Soviet researchers looked at cancer rates by region and noticed certain geographical areas of the Soviet block were practically immune to cancer while other areas seemed to be suffering from a cancer epidemic. Looking deeper into those areas they noticed a correlation between high levels of Kombucha intake and low cancer rates. over the course of the 19th century, both Russia and Germany conducted many studies on the health benefits and potential cancer fighting properties of Kombucha, only to have lost most of that data during the cold war and political transitions.
On the bright side, these transitions lead to the West becoming aware of Kombucha. However, it has only been in very recent years that most of us have heard of this powerful antioxidant. However, as is typical in the west, there are basically no studies ongoing into the health benefits of Kombucha as there is little profit to be made by corporations…after all, the average person can make it at home for about fifty cents per gallon.
What is Kombucha
Kombucha is made from sweetened tea (usually black tea, but sometime green tea as well) fermented by a colony of bacteria and yeast. The end result is an elixir that has strong properties for fighting cancer, arthritis and other degenerative diseases. Rich in nutrients and vitamins such as Vitamin B, Glutamic acids and antioxidants, Kombucha has many therapeutic benefits.
Let’s look at the top two reasons you should regularly consume Kombucha:
Detoxification: Probably the number one benefit of Kombucha is its ability to aid the body in producing many of the enzymes and bacterial acids it uses to aid the liver and kidneys in detoxifying your body. Glucaric acid has been shown in clinical studies to aid cancer patients such as Ronald Reagan who started drinking Kombucha regularly after his cancer diagnosis in 1987, remember he didn’t die until 2004 of old age.
Digestive and Gut health: Close behind detoxification has to be Kombucha’s ability to aid the body maintain digestive health. Because it is fermented by a colony of bacteria and yeast, Kombucha is a pro-biotic beverage. Next time you feel like your body is not processing food correctly or suffer from digestive uncomfortableness, try Kombucha.
Kombucha, once impossible to find in the US, today is available at most grocery stores (especially natural health stores such as Trader Joe’s and Wholefoods). You can also purchase a SCOBY (the starter culture that begins the fermentation process) and make your own. It can be time consuming, but it is inexpensive and a great way to ensure quality Kombucha.