Kom-Bu-What? This Unusual Beverage Packs a Healthy Punch

Grocery stores all over the country have ramped up their selection of an unusual but healthy beverage that packs a powerful punch.

It’s called kombucha.

The flavors and nutritional content can vary by brand. But the brewing process to make this unique tea produces lactic-acid bacteria, which many believe serve a probiotic function.

Probiotics are great for your gut. They can lead to improved digestive health, a healthier heart and even weight loss.

Kombucha (especially kinds made from green tea) also contains antioxidants. These “free-radical hunters” remove the waste produced by cells.

An abundance of free radicals results in oxidative stress in the body. And oxidative stress has been linked to heart disease, arthritis, stroke and even cancer, among other issues.

For most people, kombucha tends to be an acquired taste. Some brands mask the sour and tart flavor with sugars or fruit juices. Others focus on keeping it as healthy as possible.

While kombucha might not be everyone’s cup of tea, its health benefits make up for anything the drink lacks in taste.

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