What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented, slightly alcoholic (0.6% ABV) champagne-style, live, unfiltered, un-pasteurised and small batch Tea. The rise in popularity of Kombucha and widespread habitual acceptance of its unusual taste has captivated many consumers keen to tackle their own health naturally, without medical interventions.
Kombucha is widely accepted in North America as a good alcohol substitute and used by consumers hopeful of anti-inflammatory benefits.
Where does Kombucha come from?
Kombucha is believed to have first been discovered in China thousands of years ago. Legend says a jug of tea was left out and got a bit funky! Fermented plant juice is likely to have been in existence as long as man has walked the earth.
Conwy, where we brew is WHO protected site and our 1000 SQft Innovation unit is a mile from the city walls on the A55. Not quite the Great Wall but we are fond of our fantastic ancient wall!
What does Kombucha taste like?
Kombucha has a tangy flavour profile that is completely unique. It can be flavoured with various juices and extracts, we are particularly fond of the amazing combination of Organic Ginger - so is everyone else.
What is Scoby?
“Scoby” is an acronym: Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. A scoby is the living home for the bacteria and yeast that transform sweet tea into tangy, fizzy kombucha. This mat of bacterial cellulose in the bottle is safe for all living things and edible.
Why is Kombucha Cloudy?
Cloudy Kombucha indicates it is a live product with Scoby present in the brew. If you happen to find a lump in your kombucha that is the SCOBY itself. Some people prefer to strain it out, others consider it the best bit!
Are Kombucha Drinks Gluten Free?
YES! Celiacs and allergy sufferers rejoice! No trace of gluten will be found in any of our Kombucha drinks. Kombucha is not a source of any dietary gluten. For those simply potentially intolerant to gluten Kombucha may ease any discomfort associated with emergency eating when away from home.
Health benefits of kombucha, Is Kombucha good for you?
The rise in popularity of Kombucha, and distinctive taste, has captivated many consumers keen to tackle their own health naturally, without medical interventions.
We are studying this with Aberystwyth University. Kombucha does contain L- thianine which has. been shown to improve concentration.
It is a pro-biotic with living bacteria. Many people feel that this has a beneficial effect on their gut-biome.
How does Kombucha Help Digestion?
Dietary phenolic compounds have been receiving interest for their role in disease prevention (Rodríguez-Pérez et al. 2019), and analysis suggests that phenolic-compounds may be involved in basic cellular processes of nutrient metabolism, and in specific metabolic pathways.
These modulated-pathways could have a clinical impact on neurodegenerative-diseases, type-2-diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular-diseases (Catalan, et al., 2017) A recently published study shows that low-level IFN-γ are observed in patients with severe forms of COVID-19 infection and those with less severe forms have higher levels of IFN-γ (Chen et al., 2020), supporting the theory that anything that raises IFN-γ should result in a beneficial patient outcome.
Metabolic conversion of tea constituents during fermentation by the microbial enzymes may also increase the antioxidant profile, compared to black or green tea prior to fermentation. These results encourage the paradigm that Kombucha has a greater potential therapeutic benefit than tea, via its higher phytonutrient content than tea pre-fermentation.
Can Kombucha give you a headache?
Drinking Kombucha does not give you a headache. Drinking Soda and factory processed foods might. When a person takes the first steps towards eschewing toxic eating some people experience a heightening of dysbiosis as the body cleanses. This is not the Kombucha giving you the headache. The ache is the release and expression pain, the cessation of hangovers and promotion of homeostasis will reduce incidence of headaches.
Kombucha for IBS?
Kombucha is fermented tea. It's already a popular alcohol substitute but may provide health and wellbeing benefits beyond alcohol reduction.
Western "sterile" diets are linked to a rising incidence of chronic disease. Existing research suggests that Kombucha consumption may help elevate or prevent several chronic diseases (type II diabetes, nephrotoxicity, hepatotoxicity, IBD and myocardial infarction), due to being a rich source of both pre-and-probiotics which can improve gut health, leading to improved mental health (Dufresne et al., 2000).
These pre-existing conditions are associated with poor outcomes in COVID-19.
Benefits will accrue to society if changed dietary habits can confirmed to be protective against immune dysfunction. Tea contains amino acids and L-theanine, specific to tea, accounts for 50%. Drinking tea, primes peripheral blood γδT cells to mediate a memory response on exposure to ethylamine and secrete IFN-γ (Kamath et al., 2003). A recently published study shows low-level IFN-γ observed in patients with severe COVID-19 infection -those with less severe forms have higher-level IFN-γ (Chen et al., 2020), supporting the theory that raised IFN-γ should result in Kombucha being beneficial
Kombucha for Gut Health?
Think of your gut as a big fermentation food bin. 95% of your emotions are to do with your gut. Get your microbiome healthy and you become more resilient to immune challenge. Processed food is not recognised by our ancient guts so our bodies become confused causing diabetes and many other chronic conditions.