One of our loyal Cheeky readers, Camille wrote in saying that kombucha is known to help your skin but she wanted to learn more! Don’t worry Camille – we’ve got you covered! Kombucha itself is nothing fancy, in fact, it’s a type of yeast. It is most commonly used & ingested in fermented tea form. Major brands like Tazo, Honest Tea and Celestial Seasonings all have a kombucha drink that have touted the supposed health benefits, using it to address fatigue, slowed metabolism, PMS, skin conditions, hair loss & even joint pain. Over the last several years, a live culture has been introduced and is even spotted as an active ingredient in skincare products. It is said that kombucha improves skin tone, clarity and texture. Kombucha also has an active ingredient that combats the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. “People have been drinking kombucha with alleged health benefits forever,” says Patricia K. Farris, M.D. a dermatologist with Old Metairie Dermatology. Some say that kombucha’s potential benefits for the skin stem from its antioxidant properties and probiotic component.
Unfortunately, when it comes to ‘real science’, there are few studies that can be found proving that kombucha does indeed effect the skin in a positive way. However, it doesn’t mean you should be kombucha back onto the shelves… though better skin may not be one of its proven benefits, it does have many health benefits, including:
Digestion – kombucha has high level of beneficial acid, probiotics and enzymes which help support digestion.
Energy – kombucha is known to invigorate people because of the formation of iron that is released during the fermentation process. It also contains caffeine & B-vitamins which energize the bod!
Immune – kombucha is known to control free radials through antioxidant measures. It’s also clinically proven to decrease oxidative stress and related immuno-suppression, a powerful antioxidant known as D-saccharic acid-1, 4-lactone (DSL) (why are these medical words so hard to spell & type, gahhh) was discovered during the kombucha fermentation process. Scientists suspect that DSL and the vitamin C present in kombucha are its main ingredients in protecting against inflammatory diseases, tumors and overall depression of the immune system.
Joints – kombucha helps heal, repair & prevent joint damage. It is said that kombucha is loaded with glucosamines which in turn increase synovial hyaluronic acid production – now this is what supports the preservation of collagen & prevents arthritic pain… I know what you’re thinking… it helps with collagen which should then help reduce the appearance of wrinkles – but apparently the jury is still out.
Weight – kombucha improves metabolism and limits fat accumulation & so does apple cider vinegar which we swear by.
So Camille, though you may not see a HUGE improvement in overall wrinkles & fine lines, you will experience an array of added benefits from drinking kombucha on a regular basis – so we say go ahead and drink it in!