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Tea Fungus Kombucha

Thursday, 30 July 2009

tea fungus kombucha You probably heard of one of the exotic wonders of the nature as tea fungus. This is a strange and wonderful substance. Though, it is not that exotic since the jar with tea fungus is popular with many people. The tea fungus is a symbiosis of Acetobacter, including Acetobacter xylinum as a characteristic species, and various yeasts. A characteristic yeast species or genus has not yet been identified. Kombucha is the Western name for the sugared tea that won the popularity among the population soon after the Russian-Japanese War when knowledge of kombucha eventually reached Russia and then Eastern Europe. This ancient yeast-culture tea, which the Karagsoks believe sustains their excellent health into their hundreds, found its way years ago back to Japan.

The culture itself looks somewhat like a large pancake, and though often called a mushroom, a Mother of vinegar or by the acronym SCOBY (for «Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast»); it is clinically known as a zoogleal mat.

In appearance the tea fungus resembles the jellyfish, it has disc-shaped and of yellow-to-brown color. The body of the fungus is coated with small shoots that makes it more look like the jellyfish.

When the sugared black tea is added to this colony, the yeasts fungus start brewing sugar which results in production of ethanol that in its turn becomes the acetic acid due to enzymes of acetobacteria.

The beverage we receive is believed to have curative effect and it tastes like a sweet beer. Why is it called tea fungus? This is reasonable since tea is very important in brewing of this beverage. Tea riches the beverage with Vitamin C, so much required for the vital functions of the fungus and for the consumers either.

You'd better prepare the nutrient media to make this beverage. So, take a 3L jar with cold boiled water. No need to use «raw water» since it might contain the increased concentration of calcium and magnum that make the water harder. Water should be «soft» enough, thus you'd better boil it before use. Add sugar into the water, from one hundred grams of sugar to a liter of water. Then, add ten grams of organic black tea. Hence, we have a sweet, slightly colored nutrient solution. Then, take the jar with the fungus and pour the freshly-prepared nutrient solution into this jar. The jar with the fungus in the nutrient solution should be stored in room temperature in the dark place to avoid direct sun rays so ruinous for the fungus.

There are two important rules to consider when brewing and storing the tea fungus. First, you cannot make the nutrient solution in the jar with the fungus. The point is that sugar particles are as much dangerous for the tea fungus as the red hot coal for us, since it can cause burns to the fungus which may kill the «jellyfish». That is why you need to keep your nutrient solution to the room temperature not to cause burns. Second, make sure that your fungus is in warm conditions, while at the temperature 16 to 17 algal microorganisms may inhabit there in the jar with the fungus. One more thing, you do not need to close the jar tightly with the cap, you only need to cover it with several layers of gauze.

The tea fungus stays on the bottom at the beginning of brewing process, then in three days it goes up when as the result of enzyme reactions the sufficient amount of bubbles of carbon dioxide. Due to this bubbles we have a slightly acidulous effervescent beverage. In five to seven days you may drink the beverage.

The tea fungus drink contains a significant concentration of biologically active and wholesome components like organic acids, vitamins, enzymes and so forth. This drink is believed to normalize the metabolism and is applied in treatment of various diseases. This infusion has a health-improving effect on the gastrointestinal tract in cases of dyspepsia, constipation, gastroenteritis, dysentery and many others. Thanks to the anti-bacterial features this drink is effective with tonsillitis and stomatitis. Moreover, this drink is believed to improve the medical status of tuberculosis infected people and it has impact on viruses that makes it easy to use in treatment of acute respiratory diseases and flu cases.

This beverage is considered as «panacea» for many people and it is recommended in drops in cases of conjunctivitis and otitus. The drink brewed with green tea is good to suspend the cariosity. The beverage helps to bring the arterial pressure to the normal condition. If you happen to overeat, some sips of the drink will help the process of digestion. Many claims have been made regarding this tea.  However, when kombucha tea is taken in moderation as a part of a well-balanced whole foods diet, you will be pleasantly surprised at the consequences it will have on your health. It detoxifies the blood and cleanses the intestinal tract.  It can help to restore balance and support to the immune system which will, in turn, encourage the body to heal itself.  You should notice an improvement in your overall health and your energy levels should begin to increase within 2 to 4 weeks of drinking kombucha.  It will begin to restore your intestinal flora to a proper balance and should eliminate any yeast overgrowth.  It is also very refreshing and quite enjoyable as a beverage. Those who are in permanent struggle to lose weight, consider this! Lotions of this drink may be applied in cases of dermatological diseases, like acne. In general, this beverage has a toning effect to the skin which looks netter and rejuvenates. Therefore, the experts recommend that you apply tissues soaked in the tea fungus extract to your face and add some of it when taking a bath. There are people who even recommend using this drink if you want to get rid of dandruff, as they believe.

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