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Kombucha reportedly first appeared around 220 B.C. in the province of Manchuria, China and was revered for its healing properties. It was referred to as “the Elixir of Immortality and Longevity.” The exotic name comes from Dr. Kombu, a Korean doctor who brought the fermented tea to Japan as a new medicine for the ailing Emperor Inkyo. Japanese warriors considered the properties of the fungus to be so invigorating that they took it into battle in their hip flasks! From the ‘empire of the sun’, the tea made its way via oriental merchants to the courts of Europe. In Imperial Russia it was known as Kvas and in Germany as Kombuchaschwamm. Villages in Russia who consumed Kombucha didn’t suffer radiation effects from the Chernobyl event. Kombucha’s romantic journey continued across the continent with the fermented tonic becoming all the rage in Italian high society at the turn of century before falling victim to the rationing of WW1.
Kombucha is a sweetened, cultured (purposely fermented) tea. Kombucha is filled with minerals, vitamins, organic acids, Probiotics and nutrients indispensable for the proper functioning of the body. The final product is a naturally effervescent drink with a sweet and sour taste similar to a cider or champagne. The perfect thirst quencher and gut health medicine!
The process of preparing kombucha involves a double fermentation process. A SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), is placed in a tea mixture and sweetened with cane sugar. The brew is left to ferment at room temperature (first fermentation) before being bottled and flavoured (herbs or fruit in second fermentation) to mature and naturally encourage carbonation and further transformation of sugars. At the optimum moment, the bottled kombucha is placed in a cool environment to pace the carbonation and fermentation journey. This is artisan food-making and we invest both love and dedication to the entire process.
Every day we are exposed to toxins and poisonous substances that find themselves in the food, cosmetics and air. They are harmful to your body and weaken the immune system. It is therefore important to strengthen it with natural substances such as kombucha. Its influence is systemic and comprehensive. It thoroughly purifies, strengthens and, above all, stimulates your entire body to function properly. Thanks to high content of vitamin C, it is a strong antioxidant which maximises the longevity and vitality of your body. What is more, it augments the alkaline character of the body, which is important for curing many diseases. An acid overload in the body may disturb its proper functioning and thus create favourable conditions for various diseases to develop. Re-establishing the acid-base homeostasis is therefore crucial. Kombucha will perform this function perfectly.
Numerous scientific studies have shown that kombucha helps populate the intestines with helpful probiotics (friendly bacteria), supports the immune system, fights against deadly pathogens and sends love to our precious vital organs.Kombucha can feature bacteria and yeast probiotic strains. MamaZing contains 5 different types of Bacillus, Zygosaccharomyces, and Saccharomyces.
Benefits of Kombucha
- Acetic acid, lactic acid, glucaric acid and glucuronic acid are found in the drink. All of these regulate the body pH, stabilizes blood sugar and have strong anti-microbial and detoxifying properties. On top of this, these acids offer powerful skin-care protection and can reduce signs of aging!
- Vitamins C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is a vital treatment of the common cold, boosting the immune system and lowering hyper tension, combating stroke symptoms, maintaining elasticity of the skin, healing of wounds, and controlling the symptoms of asthma. One of the most effective and safest nutrients, it is also a water soluble vitamin. It is a powerful antioxidant for the synthesis of collagen, which helps to strengthen blood vessels and body muscles. The human body doesn’t have the capacity to generate Vitamin C, therefore it is highly beneficial to receive it through food and other supplements.
- Vitamin B1 is a vital human nutrient that plays an important role in maintaining a healthy nervous system and improving the cardiovascular functioning of the body.Vitamin B1 is one of the eight water-soluble vitamins in the B complex family. It helps in the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose, which in turn is used to produce energy for carrying out various bodily functions. Vitamin B1 is also required for the breakdown of fats and protein.
- Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, plays a significant role in the production of energy. It helps in the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, which fuels the body’s many functions. Riboflavin also plays an active part in the electron transport chain that produces cellular energy. Furthermore, it helps in the processing of amino acids and fats. It can also serve as an antioxidant, which slows the pace of aging.
- Vitamin B3 also known as niacin maintains good blood circulation, aids normal functioning of the brain, boosts memory power and aids the digestive tract to absorb sufficient carbohydrates, proteins and fats thereby reducing the effects of arthritis and improving the symptoms of schizophrenia. The most important benefit, however, is its ability tolower cholesterol levels and control them.
- Vitamin B6 helps the body to maintain a healthy nervous system, producinghaemoglobinthat carries oxygen in red blood cells throughout the body, providing energy from the food that we eat, balancing blood sugar levels, acting as a natural mood booster and creating antibodies that our immune system uses to protect us.
- Vitamin B9 also known as folic acid, helps the prevention of heart disorders, stroke, cancer and birth defects during pregnancy. It also helps in building muscles, cell enhancement, haemoglobin formation, and even provides relief from mental and emotional disorders.
- Vitamin B12 is needed for the formation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout your body.It plays a critical role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein. It is essential for a healthy nervous system and a fully functioning brain. Vitamin B12 aids DNA synthesis and the formation of new cells. It can also reduce the overall severity and frequency of allergies and asthma attacks.
- Magnesium is indispensable for the proper functioning of the nervous, the cardiovascular and the muscular system. It reduces stress provoked by our fast-paced lifestyle. In addition, it is involved in multiple reactions that occur within the body: building strong bones, improving digestion, preventing osteoporosis, and soothing menstrual pains. As a result, it is an essential element of life – from birth to death.
- Iron – the human body does not produce this essential element, but it cannot function properly without it. Iron is an important component of haemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body. If you don’t have enough iron, your body cannot produce enough oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Iron deficiency is the world’s most common nutritional deficiency disease and is most prevalent among women and children. Iron also prevents anemia as well as fighting bacteria and viruses.
- Copper benefits include proper growth of the body, efficient absorption of iron, proper enzymatic reactions, as well as improved health of connective tissues, hair and eyes. It is also integral for preventing premature aging and increasing energy production.
- Phosphorus is known as the second most beneficial mineral for our bodies. It is very important element when it comes to maintaining bone health, behind calcium. Apart from aiding healthy bones and tooth, this magic mineral regulates excretions, protein formations and hormonal balances. It also improves energy extraction, helping the repair of cells and the proper absorption of nutrients.
Beneficial influence on the pineal gland
The pineal gland or our ‘third eye’ is responsible for the proper functioning of our biorhythms. It determines the periods of rest and activity. Apart from producing melatonin (the sleep hormone), the pineal gland produces dimethyltryptamine, which activates higher consciousness. It is the most mysterious organ, which performs crucial functions, but is very susceptible to all kinds of poisonous substances from the environment. The latter weaken the pineal gland’s extraordinary properties and contribute to its gradual calcification.Drinking of kombucha has been known as a perfect way to protect and nourish your ‘third eye’.