Tea fungus is widely known in the world. It is called Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Indian tea fungus. Tea fungus actually makes a symbiosis of two types of organisms: fungi (yeasts) and acetic acid bacteria.
The name kombucha is of Japanese descent. Kombucha is an unusual complex of micro-organisms (yeasts and bacteria) capable to create an abundance of different nutritional and pharmacologically useful compounds. These include: glucose, fructose, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, B15, vitamin C, biotin, folic acid, lecithin, lactic acid, gluconic acid, fruit acids (tartaric, oxalic, citric, acetic, malonic) some enzymes, 14 amino acids, biogenic amines and some antibiotics. Because of this ability of kombucha, it is not surprising its name represent wondrous mushrooms and is classified in the group of fungi of medicinal properties.
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) helps maintain a network of nerve fibers in the body. Together with vitamin B2 and B6 it reduces depression and memory loss. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) helps the cells to use oxygen. Together with vitamin A it prevents cataract.
Kombucha is a thick, slimy, brown cushion consistency of jelly that floats on the surface of sweetened liquid, which after fermentation is used as a tea drink, but also as an acid that can be used as a spice instead of vinegar. The entire process takes place in a glass jar.
It is important for drink to be lenient, since it contains gluconic acid, which under normal metabolic conditions is produced by the human liver. This acid goes directly into the blood, and has a protective role for the human body.
Kombucha – a cancer killer
Kombucha has a strong antiseptic effect. The liquid of the fungus is purified endocrine composition, it neutralizes and eliminates urinary acid. For these reasons, it is recommended for the cancer patients, especially in the early stages.
There are a number of encouraging results on the implementation of gluconic acid present in kombucha in the treatment of cancer patients. It strengthens their defense mechanism and improves production of interferon.
Medicinal mushroom kombucha removes the metabolic waste and thus normalize the pH levels in the blood. Detoxification function of acid goes hand in hand with improving metabolism and overall health.
Kombucha is actually very good for getting rid of poisons and toxins from the body. Persons who are suffering from kidney disease and urinary tract diseases should be using less quantity of this beverage than the usual daily dose (2dl, 3 times a day, before each meal).
Kombucha is not recommended for children under the age of 1, because of the content of bacteria and enzymes which could be difficult for the digestive system when the child is in the process of formation.