The 21st Century has proved lucky for all the “K” allies of the herbal world. Kava. Kratom. Kefir. Kombucha. Although these botanicals can be traced back thousands of years, they are recently back with a bang.
The ongoing pandemic taught us a lot of new lessons. For most parts of the world, life took a 360-degree turn, compelling us to change how we live, interact, work, or study. It made us realize the importance of making healthier choices and adopting a hygienic lifestyle.
Consequently, there was a consistent spike in demand for high-quality ingredients that can support our overall well-being alongside strengthening the immune system.
So, it was only natural for Kratom and Kombucha to make waves. Despite their complicated history, the two have soared to become influential players in the beverage economy worldwide.
But that’s not it! Recently, the practice of combining the two ingredients has caught a wildfire.
If you are new to the concept, the article intends to spill the beans on it.
What is Kombucha?
Kombucha is a sugared fermented tea that is lightly effervescent to yield hints of black or green. It is also famous as tea mushroom, kombucha tea, tea fungus, or Manchurian mushroom in other parts of the world.
Primarily consumed for its purported health benefits, Kombucha is a 2000 years old drink. However, there is some conflict between its place of origin. Some say the Chinese were the first nation to invent the drink, while others believe it had its roots in Ukraine. Eventually, the use spread to other parts of the world, and by the early 20th Century, the Germans, Russians, and Eastern European communities had all explored the beautiful drink. Today, it is commercially sold and also home-brewed all across the globe.
Do you know Kombucha was dubbed the most liberal product in America in 2009?
The probiotic tea is made using a kombucha “starter” culture (which is just a fancy name for more Kombucha) and “SCOBY”. The term sounds familiar? Well, it is a short form for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast and. The result is a potent and healthy mix enriched with acids, vitamins, probiotics, and antioxidants. These include acetic acid, gluconic acid, lactic acid, amino acids, Vitamin B and C, carbon dioxide, and other micronutrients. Besides, there is also about 0.5% of alcohol content in the tea.
Forms of Kombucha Tea Varieties
Following are the most popular forms of Kombucha. For each of these kinds, use a different SCOBY:
- Hibiscus Kombucha
- White Tea Kombucha
- Black Tea Kombucha
- Green Tea Kombucha
- Oolong Tea Kombucha
- Pu-erh (fermented black tea) Kombucha
What is Kratom Kombucha?
Kratom, scientifically called Mitragayna Speciosa, is a plant from Southeast Asian countries cherished for its all-healing therapeutic powers.
So, does its duo with Kombucha sound weird or shocking?
In all honesty, it shouldn’t. It’s just as normal as having a Green Tea Kombucha, CBD Kombucha, or Oolong Tea Kombucha.
While Kratom Kombucha is one of the recent discoveries, it is sure to go a long way. The resulting mixture enhances the effects of Speciosa with the additional benefits of Kombucha. All in all, the two herbs are great on their own and heaven when combined!
How Does Kratom Kombucha Taste?
Well, the flavour of the fizzy drink can be best described as tangy, tart, sweet and sour. To upgrade the taste and experience, one can add various juices, fruity extracts, spices, and other flavour enhancers.
Is It Safe To Drink Kratom Kombucha every day?
Generally, Kratom Kombucha is deemed safe for human use after several rounds of testing and trying – provided a few essential tips are taken care of. For example, buying high-quality and pure Kratom from an authentic source brewing only in sterile conditions and avoiding low-quality ceramic pots potentially lead to poisoning. And, of course, consuming a limited dose.
It is also worth mentioning that despite the purported benefits, the claims are not clinically proven or backed by science. There is a lack of scientific and medical evidence conducted on humans. Besides, some users have shared conflicting experiences. For instance, there have been reports of side effects such as stomach aches, infections, allergy, etc.
Pros of Kratom Kombucha
Kombucha tea is known to be a treasure full of benefits. These are as follows:
1. Contains Valuable Antioxidants
Kombucha tea is unlike your ordinary cup of tea. It stores numerous beneficial antioxidants that act as protective gears to safeguard human cells from harmful free radicals – the reactive molecules that can wreak significant damage to the cells and liver. As such, 1993 Research conducted by the University of California, Berkeley affirmed that consumption of antioxidants is the only means to neutralize the damage.
Do you know trusted sources claim that antioxidant-rich natural foods and beverages are way better as compared to antioxidant supplements?
These antioxidants work better for your liver when combined with green tea. The findings of a study conducted on rats demonstrated that when consumed regularly, Kombucha can help reduce liver toxicity by as much as 70%.
2. Enriched with Probiotics to Maintain Gut health
Kombucha is the best source of essential probiotics. These are essentially the “good” and the healthy bacteria that significantly contribute to the microbiome and a well-functional body.
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, intake of probiotics prevents many health issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea resulted from antibiotics consumption and, healthy weight loss. So, having Kombucha will guarantee both a healthy gut and digestive system in a single package.
3. Acts As An Antibacterial Agent
Kombucha tea undergoes fermentation that produces chemical compounds such as acetic acid. This acid is known to possess antimicrobial properties, which destroy unhealthy microorganisms.
Therefore, according to an article published in the Journal of Food Biochemistry, Kombucha (made from green and black tea), which characterizes strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents to help our body fight against infections, Candida yeast. and other harmful bacteria.
4. Masks The Taste of Kratom
No matter how pleasant and relaxing Kratom is, the fact that it characterizes a ridiculously bitter and grassy taste cannot be denied.
A delicious way to consume it is to mix it with Kombucha. Even though Kratom can be blended with a plethora of artificial sweeteners or herbs to improve the taste, the sweet flavours of Kombucha stand unbeatable.
5. Provides the Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea is undeniably the most refined beverage nature has to gift humanity. It possesses a wealth of bioactive compounds such as polyphenols which are rich in antioxidants.
Do you know numerous studies have pointed out that green tea drinkers have up to a 31% lower risk of developing heart disease, a benefit that may also apply to Kombucha users?
And guess what? Kombucha with green tea as the base ingredient promises all the latter’s benefits, essential chemicals, and nutrients. This is why it is highly recommended for weight loss, healthy cholesterol levels, and so on.
6. Improves Cardiac Health
Research conducted on rats testifies that Kombucha plays an integral role in improving two major precursors of cardiac health: “Good HDL” and “Low LDL” cholesterol in as short a period as 30 days.
Green tea consumers are less opposed to the threat of heart disease, and since Kombucha is made up of green tea, this fact may also hold for Kombucha consumers.
7. Stabilizes Mental Well-being
You may be wondering what exactly the link between mental health and Kombucha is?
Well, there lies some recent evidence from 2017 hinting that probiotics and depression may be linked.
Kombucha releases an anti-inflammatory effect, and as inflammation and depression are interconnected, it could promote positive mental health.
While there are no specific studies conducted on Kombucha to highlight its impact on mental health, it’s better to try and test it yourself.
Cons Of Kratom Kombucha
All good things come with a warning. Likewise, Kombucha also has some drawbacks that can be easily alleviated with a few preventive measures.
1. Risk of Overdosing
No matter how difficult it seems to suppress your craving, remember, balance is the key to life. Likewise, Speciosa Kombucha should also be taken in a balanced amount. Overdose may lead to excessive weight loss, hypertension, feeling of nausea, insomnia, and sweating.
2. Over fermentation
Preparation of Kombucha goes through a sensitive fermentation. If proper measures are not taken care of, it can go bad during the process, even when preparing it at home. The contaminated Kombucha may lead to severe complications.
3. Excessive Sugar Intake
Is your sweet tooth satisfied by the intake of Kombucha? Be wary of the vast amounts of sugar involved. Avoid consuming it in larger amounts as it can trigger health issues such as high blood sugar levels, increased triglyceride levels, and obesity.
Once a rare brew, the use of Kratom Kombucha tea is gaining traction amongst health and wellbeing fanatics.
“One of the greatest things about Kombucha is that it acts as a vehicle. Supercharging whatever else is coming along for the ride.”- Phytoextractum
One user explained how making Kombucha of a great ingredient will potentiate the positive effects even more. Despite their reported benefits, human studies are few, and so the medical evidence is limited.
While Kombucha is readily available in stores or online, its Kratom version is relatively hard to find. So, how about making it at home? Check our fantastic Buying and Making Guide on Kombucha, and we promise you a fun-filled experience!