GT’s Synergy Organic Raw Kombucha

I first heard about GT’s Synergy Organic Raw Kombucha from Erin Red on Red Radio.  Her enthusiasm is catching and so I was thrilled to see this at my local health food store (Earth Origins).  So far, I’ve tried Cherry Chia, which has little chia seeds that are pleasant to pop between your teeth,  and I thought the flavor was OK.  However, Guava Goddess is delicious.  I used to have two different kinds of guava trees and the taste of this brings me right back.  Although my Dad used to make kombucha tea back in the early 1990’s, I was too grossed out by it back then to do more than have a few polite sips.  I’m just learning more about kombucha now, and will post more about it in future.  There’s some good information about brewing your own kombucha tea in The Art of Fermentation,  and the January 2013 issue of National Geographic has a good article entitled Small Small World, about microbes and humans.  You see, kombucha culture is used by millions to replenish good flora in the gut.  The NG article says microbes help us digest our food, absorb nutrients, manufacture vital vitamins and anti-inflammatory proteins that our own genes cannot produce, and they train our immune systems to combat infectious intruders.  It goes on to say that antibiotics wipe out helpful microbes and that widespread use of antibiotics early in life may have more profound effects over time.  Scientists are still figuring all this out, but they realize that our bodies are an ecosystem, and that we should take greater care with antibiotics, and increasingly, use targeted probiotic treatments to improve health.  Some kombucha enthusiasts believe that in this toxic world, our bodies are constantly assaulted and we must help our immune systems.  Others drink it to recover from workouts, and to help move things along in the digestive system.  As someone who was on a lot of antibiotics in childhood, I want to learn more.  I just ordered a kombucha starter kit from Oregon Kombucha through Vegan Cuts, and will post on that when I get it going.  In the meantime, I plan to try more of the many flavors offered by GT’s Raw Organic Kombucha.  I think I paid about $3.75 per bottle for the GT’s, but I’m drinking only about 4 ounces of it per day or every other day, so it can last me a week if I want it to.  There are many articles online, pro and con, on kombucha, and here’s a good one I found.  Others say home brewing is too dangerous.  You can be the judge.

As an aside, I emailed GT’s and asked about caffeine content, and here was their prompt and satisfying reply:
 

Many thanks for reaching out and for your interest in our products! GT’s Kombucha is considered naturally decaffeinated and contains anywhere from 8 mg to 14 mg per 8 oz. serving. (By comparison, coffee has 100 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. and decaf has 5 mg per 8 oz.).  The reason it has any caffeine at all is because we cultivate Kombucha in a medium of black and green tea combined. The live Kombucha organism breaks down most of the nutrients in the tea, including the caffeine, and cultures an elixir naturally rich in probiotics, essential enzymes and organic acids. Hope that helps!

Peace & blessings,  Karla

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