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Kombucha: beneficial properties and features of consumption


Kombucha is known to many as a mushroom or uterus Japanese, "Manchu" or Kombuha mushroom and fango. In our country, the common name is sea kvass or tea jellyfish. The culture has useful properties and is widely used at present to improve the human body. Kombucha was especially popular in the post-Soviet period.

Beneficial features

Kombucha is a medusomycete, which is represented by the formation in the form of a thick film layer of a whitish-yellow-brownish-pink color. The mushroom floats on the surface of the nutrient medium, which is used as an infusion of sweet tea. This culture has gained widespread use due to a large number of useful substances. Kombucha infusion is especially useful in the presence of the following diseases:

  • problems with the gastrointestinal tract;
  • impaired liver or gallbladder function;
  • ENT diseases;
  • the presence of chronic enterocolitis;
  • severely infected or long non-healing wounds;
  • severe hypotension;
  • chronic tonsillitis and tonsillitis;
  • infectious eye diseases;
  • acute dysentery;
  • infectious diseases, including scarlet fever, typhoid fever, diphtheria;
  • respiratory viral and colds seasonal diseases;
  • gastritis of various etiologies;
  • exacerbation of hemorrhoidal changes;
  • uncomplicated diseases of the central nervous system;
  • mild forms of tuberculosis and lung diseases;
  • the presence of burn lesions.

The benefits of tea medusomycete are widely used in domestic folk medicine, and the main medicinal properties are determined by the presence in the chemical composition of this culture of gluconic, kojic, lactic, acetic and carbonic acids, as well as sugars, caffeine, ethanol, B vitamins, and vitamin C "," D "and" PP ", various aromatic substances and enzymes.

Chemical composition

Only knowing which components and substances are included in the composition of Kombucha, you can appreciate the whole healing and healing power of the drink based on it.

Substance groupComponentsEffects on the human body
Organic acidsvinegarRemoval of toxins from the body
glucuronicBiologically active component
oxalBeneficial effect on the gastrointestinal tract
lemonAntioxidant
appleAn important role in metabolic processes
dairyAn important role in the main metabolic processes and active participation in the creation of glucose
pyruvicEnergy metabolism at the cellular level
koyevayaPronounced depigmentation properties
phosphoricActive participant in the formation of a significant number of enzymes
AlcoholsEthanolCharacteristic psychotropic effects
Vitaminsvitamin CPowerful antioxidant
thiaminePromotes the accumulation of glycogen in the liver and effectively accelerates the elimination of toxins, toxins
SaharamonosaccharidesEnriching the body with energy and increasing the efficiency of the brain
disaccharidesServe as a source of glucose for the body
EnzymescatalaseCatalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide
lipaseDissolution, separation and digestion of various fractions of fats
proteaseComprehensive beneficial effects on the body
zymaseFermentation enzyme
sucroseEffectively increases the rate of basic chemical reactions
carbohydraseIt plays an important role in the basic functions of the kidneys and excretory system.
amylaseIn the digestive system provides the processing of carbohydrates
tryptic enzymesNormalize metabolism, contributing to weight loss.
PigmentschlorophyllIt has antimicrobial properties
xanthophyllIncreases disease resistance
LipidssterolsThe effect of carbohydrate metabolism
phosphatidesEliminate the rigidity of cell membranes
fatty acidActively involved in metabolism

The main contraindications

As a result of many years of research, the expressed harmful properties of Kombucha have not been identified. However, you can drink the infusion only in compliance with hygiene standards, as well as with proper preparation. Contraindications to the use of infusion of Kombucha are few. The use of infusion can be harmful in the following cases:

  • the presence of increased acidity of gastric juice;
  • the presence of gastric ulcer;
  • the presence of gout;
  • the presence of diabetes;
  • the presence of severe fungal infections;
  • the presence of individual intolerance to the components of the chemical composition.

A small amount of alcohol contained in a ready-to-drink drink requires careful and deliberate use of this product for children, during pregnancy and in lactating women, as well as when driving vehicles. It should be remembered that it treats exclusively correctly prepared drink based on tea jellyfish.

Kombucha: benefits and harms

Gastritis

Kombucha has found its application in the treatment of gastritis. The normalization of the reduced acidity of gastric juice is due to the content of bacteria in the mucous membrane of the fungus of acetic acid and sugar processing, due to which the healing drink has a pleasant sour-sweet taste and effervescence. The same set of bacteria is capable of exerting both wound healing and bactericidal effects.

In order to obtain a healing drink, you must strictly adhere to the recommendations for preparation:

  • dilute three tablespoons of sugar in a liter of tea leaves;
  • put the washed tea jellyfish in a clean and dry glass jar;
  • pour mushroom prepared with tea solution;
  • cover the neck of the jar with gauze;
  • set the jar with the mushroom in a warm place without direct sunlight.

You can use the infusion on the fourth day, but the most pronounced healing effect can be obtained by using a weekly infusion. A good effect is obtained by replacing part of the sugar with honey, which allows to improve the bactericidal effect of the resulting drink and restore the acidity of gastric juice faster.

Benefits for home gardening

Recently, the use of infusion based on Kombucha in the conditions of home gardening has been actively practiced. According to the observations of gardeners, such a tool allows you to get rid of pathogenic microflora in the garden, causing damage to vegetable, berry and garden crops by diseases. It is enough to add 200 ml of infusion twice a month to add to a bucket of warm water for watering plants. It is desirable to carry out watering after the seedlings have taken root and go into the phase of active vegetation.

Growing rules

Growing a culture at home is not difficult. The standard cultivation and basic care of tea jellyfish is to comply with the following rules:

  • boil a liter of filtered water;
  • add about seven tablespoons of large-leaf tea tea without flavoring to a liter teapot and pour boiling water over it;
  • add three tablespoons of sugar to the cooled tea brew;
  • strain the tea brew through cheesecloth into a washed baking soda and dry jar;
  • cover the neck of the jar with clean gauze and put in a warm place;
  • a month and a half, after the pronounced vinegar smell disappears, a film forms on the surface of the tea infusion, which over time will actively grow and increase in volume.

After the thickness of the tea jellyfish layer is approximately 10 mm, it is necessary to carry out standard care measures, including washing at room temperature in water, as well as changing the solution based on tea leaves and sugar. It is important to note, that the cultivation is carried out at room temperature, in a place where the mushroom will not be exposed to the harmful effects of sunlight.

Reviews and recommendations

According to the general opinion of people who drink a drink based on Kombucha for a long time, and confirmed by years of use, the infusion is best taken about an hour before meals and a couple of hours after eating. Too concentrated infusions, it is advisable to dilute a little with boiled water at room temperature before use.

How to grow Kombucha

It is recommended to take breaks in a couple of weeks after a two-week drink. According to the reviews of kombucha owners, you can’t drink the infusion of this culture on an empty stomach or drink medicine and food with it. Compliance with the rules of cultivation and consumption allows you to fully appreciate the beneficial effects of the infusion on the body.