Probiotic: Kombucha - What is it & what are the benefits?
Kombucha contains antioxidants, which fight free radicals, molecules that cause cell damage. When kombucha is made with green tea, it is shown to have antioxidant effects on the liver. It also may help prevent the growth of cancerous cells due to the concentration of tea polyphenols.
Types of Probiotics
There are many kinds but the two most common are lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. Lactobacillus is mainly found in yogurt and some other fermented foods. This strain of bacteria may aid those who can't digest lactose, a sugar in milk. Bifidobacterium is also in some dairy products. It may help alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome or other digestive conditions.
Although kombucha has so many potential benefits, it is not a supplement or cure for a disease or condition. If one is pregnant or has a medical condition, they should check with a medical doctor before consuming. Otherwise, kombucha is a great addition to any diet! Due to it's acidic content, it is best not to drink it on an empty stomach if you are sensitive. It is best to drink it during or after a meal. I always enjoy pairing my kombucha with my lunch and dinner bowls!