Jaw-dropping science facts everyone should know about kombucha, part 4
Indian scientists have discovered that diabetes sufferers would benefit from a kombucha habit, with the antioxidants in the drink proven to suppress organ dysfunction and restore alterations in tissue machinery caused by the condition.
Both black tea and kombucha were tested in a 2013 study led by Semantee Bhattacharya from the Department of Life Sciences & Biotechnology in Kolkata. The team found that while both drinks worked very well at combatting the causes of diabetes, kombucha was significantly more efficient than black tea (because the fermentation process produces a higher number of antioxidants).
Are you diabetic? Have you found that a daily dose of kombucha helps? We'd love to hear from you! Please comment and share this article, and why not check out parts 1, 2 and 3 of our blog on the amazing health benefits of kombucha- remember, these claims are made by science, not by us!
Reference: Semantee Bhattacharyaa, Ratan Gachhuia, Parames C. Silb,
a Department of Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Jadavpur University, 188, Raja SC Mullick Road, Kolkata 700 032, India
Disclaimer: While there are many exciting scientific studies suggesting that Kombucha consumption can help with various different conditions, drinking it is never a replacement for your usual medication.
Jaw-dropping science facts everyone should know about kombucha, part 3
Scientists at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, have found that regular consumption of probiotics found in fermented food and drinks like kombucha can reduce high blood pressure and help stabilise it at a healthy level. When probiotics were taken for more than eight weeks, Jin Sun Ph.D and her team found a wide range of positive changes happening in the body as a result.
"We believe probiotics might help lower blood pressure by having other positive effects on health,” Sun said. “These include improving total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol; reducing blood glucose and insulin resistance; and by helping to regulate the hormone system that regulates blood pressure and fluid balance.”
Energy drinks, on the other hand, have been scientifically proven to increase blood pressure levels and cause stress on the heart. Yet another great reason to swap your taurine-based beverages for an energy-boosting healthy alternative like Equinox kombucha!
Source: S. Khalesi, J. Sun, N. Buys, R. Jayasinghe. Effect of Probiotics on Blood Pressure: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized, Controlled Trials. Hypertension, 2014; DOI: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.114.03469
Jaw-Dropping Science Facts Everyone Should Know About Kombucha, Part 2
Kombucha is a fermented drink made from green or black tea, cane sugar and a probiotic live fungus culture called SCOBY*. It’s packed full of probiotic yeasts and bacterias, B vitamins, organic acids and antioxidants, all of which are claimed to work various wonders for your body and mind. Although official government-backed research on kombucha is pretty thin on the ground, there are still tons of fascinating independent studies suggesting that a kombucha a day really does keep the doctor away. Following on from part one, here’s another great reason to make kombucha part of your everyday routine!
Not only can probiotics boost serotonin, scientists have found they also help to decrease negative thinking! In a 2015 study, psychologists Laura Steenbergen and Lorenza Colzato from the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition tested the power of probiotics in combatting negative feelings. They split 40 subjects into two groups, half of which received a probiotics mixture and half a placebo. The conclusion? Prolonged use of probiotics reduces recurrent negative thoughts about possible causes and consequences of distress- a marker of depression.
“These results provide the first evidence that the intake of probiotics may help reduce negative thoughts associated with sad mood,” Colzato said of her team’s study. “Our findings shed an interesting new light on the potential of probiotics to serve as adjuvant or preventive therapy for depression.”
There you go: that morning kombucha tonic can boost happiness in more ways than one!
Source: Gregor Reid ‘Neuroactive probiotics’ July 2011
Reid, G. (2011), Neuroactive probiotics. Bioessays, 33: 562. doi: 10.1002/bies.201100074
Jaw-Dropping Science Facts Everyone Should Know About Kombucha, Part 1
Probiotics, often referred to as 'good bacteria', are known to promote a healthy gut, but did you know they can also promote a healthy mind? In a 2011 study researchers were excited to discover something completely new to science: probiotic bacteria administered to the gut can positively affect your brain chemistry.
Dr Mark Lyte from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center found that microbial strains in fermented food produce neurochemicals including serotonin, the neurotransmitter credited with boosting happiness levels. In Lyke’s study, serotonin was found in the bloodstream of test subjects after probiotics were administered to the gut, leading to the exciting conclusion that probiotics function as ‘delivery vehicles’ for neurochemicals.
Kombucha fans often say the drink boosts brain power, cures hangovers and gives clarity of mind. The news that it could directly cause serotonin production gives us some clues as to why this might be…so what are you waiting for? Crack open a bottle and get happy!
Professor Mark Lyte from M. Lyte. Probiotics function mechanistically as delivery vehicles for neuroactive compounds: Microbial Endocrinology in the design and use of probiotics. BioEssays, 2011; DOI: 10.1002/bies.201100024
A series of studies have begun at the University of Maryland to look at the gut and psychology link. In fact studies like this are happening in many universities globally looking at epigenetics and how we are what we eat and the results are coming in thick and fast. The first study, that the University of Maryland will be published in the journal Psychiatry Research in August, has found that social anxiety and neurosis is reduced in teens who consume fermented foods! How fantastic eh? The Science Daily article is very exciting to us here at Equinox as many customers report feeling great after regularly drinking kombucha but there's not been much hard science to support or substantiate any health claims about the drink. We welcome any scientific research that helps people to take control of their own health and we're looking forward to more groundbreaking research from the University of Maryland. In the mean time pick up a box of Equinox and get your chill on.
We'll be at the Just V Show at London's Olympia July 3-5. The vegetarian and vegan lifestyle show brings together ethical companies focused on health and humanity.
We're looking forward to trying all the yummy foods on offer and seeing what's hot in the vegan shoe world.
We'll be selling Equinox and spreading the good word about kombucha. Please stop by and say hi, try all four flavours and pick up a bottle.
Last weekend the equinox team attended the Harrogate Fine Food show run by Deliciously Yorkshire and the Guild of Fine Foods.
The trade only show brought together Yorkshire's finest food producers.
Success at the show means we'll be seeing Equinox stocked in an array of farm shops and new wholesalers around the North of the country very soon as well as been available nationally in shops and cafes!
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