The kombucha (pronounced ko-m-cig-tcha) is a tart drink of Asian origin obtained through a culture of symbiotic bacteria and yeast in a medium sweet: tea + sugar (70 g / L) or honey , Grape juice. It is traditionally prepared in Russia and China with sweet tea.

The symbiote is commonly called the "mother of kombucha (vulgarly" mushroom "), viscous membrane of a few centimetres thick. Mise en culture in a non-metallic container containing sugar solution and covered with a cloth to prevent dust, but let the air, the mother develops with a young side layer exposed to air, and a layer former more containing colored mushrooms dead forming a deposit in the bottom of the container.

Upon analysis, the solution contains glucuronic acid, gluconic acid, lactic acid, amino acids, compounds antibiotics, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid, enzymes, and alcohol (about 0.5%). Carbon dioxide released by fermentation to give the drink a very refreshing effervescence.

The yeasts convert the sugar into alcohol, bacteria alcohol acids: each product in addition to organic substances enjoyed another symbiont. The acidification of the solution prevents bacteria, yeasts and molds side to develop.

The structure of the mother is composed of cellulose produced by certain bacteria.

Supposed therapeutic effects
The kombucha is traditionally known and recommended for:

* Strengthening the immune system;
* Detoxification, treatment cell, the acid-base balance;
* Arteriosclerosis, blood pressure;
* Rheumatism, gout, calculations, arthritis;
* Fungal infections, mainly candida albicans;
* The balance of intestinal flora, harmonizing transit, hemorrhoids;
* Digestive disorders, gastroenteritis;
* Migraine, stress, overwork, the syndrome of chronic fatigue
* Obesity;
* Psoriasis, eczema, abscesses, ulcers (mother to external application);
* Premenstrual syndrome;
* Antioxidant effect.

Several factors combine to explain this very broad therapeutic action:

* Gluconic acid has a detoxifying.
* Direct absorption of yeast and bacteria is perhaps the determining factor in its action level of the digestive system.

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