Ironically, little is known about the actual history of kombucha. Some say the culture originated in Egypt; others report a lengthy background in Russia. In fact, kombucha is served in Russian hospitals by the quart to the seriously ill, even today. The Weston Price Foundation esteems the scientific composition of kombucha as follows:
“Kombucha is rich in B vitamins and a substance called glucuronic acid which binds up environmental and metabolic toxins so that they can be excreted through the kidneys. Glucuronic acid is a natural acid that is produced by the liver. Kombucha simply supplies the body with more and boosts the natural detoxification process. Glucuronic acid is also the building block of a group of important polysaccharides that include hyaluronic acid (a basic component of connective tissue), chondroitin sulfate (a basic component of cartilage) and mucoitinsulfuric acid (a building block of the stomach lining and the vitreous humor of the eye).”
Dr. Axe continues to relay the natural reaction to these beneficial acids:
“Some research has shown kombucha’s ability to prevent and heal leaky gut and stomach ulcers. No surprise to us, in some instances it’s even proven to be as effective as drugs like Prilosec, which are commonly prescribed for heartburn, GERD and ulcers.”
The scoby, or culture, is an obscure little thing, indeed. The word scoby is itself an acronym for “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast,” and has an appearance very much akin to a fleshy…
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