The health benefits of kombucha

This all-natural drink has become popular with nutrition buffs and celebs alike. Find out how it offers a health boost

The health benefits of kombucha

Source: Best Health magazine; March/April 2014; Image: Thinkstock

Popular among celebrities and often seen at yoga studios, this all-natural beverage is made by fermenting sweetened black tea with yeast and bacteria. It boasts several benefits, including improved digestion, says Joy McCarthy, a Toronto-based holistic nutritionist and BH contributor.

Not long ago, kombucha was found mainly in health food stores; today, it is available in major grocery store chains across the country. There is even a Canadian-made brand called Tonica Kombucha. Toronto-based founder Zoey Shamai began brewing it in 2008, and this spring is adding two new flavours’which, she told us at press time, are confidential’to the five the company already makes (Vibrant Blueberry, Ginger Rapture, Mango Passion, Peach Resolution and Green Tea Revival).

With very few ingredients (filtered water, kombucha, organic black or green tea and organic cane sugar, plus additional tea for flavouring), each bottle of Tonica has only 45 calories. McCarthy suggests sipping kombucha before or after a meal to stimulate good digestion.

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of Best Health. Subscribe today to get the full Best Health experience’and never miss an issue!