Renowned for its soothing and rejuvenating effects, Kava, a medically-proven stress-relieving plant, has been used for over 3,000 years by the Pacific Islands communities to alleviate physical and emotional problems.
Kava is part of the pepper family and its roots have tranquillizing effects, calming the nerves and creating a sense of well-being. The Kava drink has been used by the South Pacific people to lower stress, enhance social interactions and for ceremonial purposes (it is also considered Fiji’s national beverage).
What Is Kava Made Of?
The primary active components of Kava are the Kavalactones, plus a few other ingredients found in its thick roots.
Here is the chemical composition of the dried kava root:
- 43% starch
- 3.2% minerals (mostly potassium)
- 12% water
- 3.2% simple sugars
- 3.6% proteins
- 15% Kavalactones
Kava’s therapeutic benefits stem from its influence on the limbic system (a set of primitive brain structures that control behavior and emotions) without fuzzing or sedating the mind.
Kava’s Health Benefits
The effects of Kava make people feel happy and relaxed, while their mental acuity remains intact, with no sense of hangover or irritability.
The proven benefits of Kava:
• significantly lowers anxiety levels
• treats insomnia and improves sleep quality
• capable of alleviating pain
• acts like an anesthetic
• able to destroy fungi
• antiseptic and antispasmodic
• acts like an aphrodisiac that stimulates sexual drive
• has diuretic effects
• accelerates alcohol and tobacco cessation
Other health benefits of using Kava include relief with:
- menopausal symptoms
- urinary tract infections
Today, more and more people and even athletes and businessmen significantly improve their efficiency by decompressing and relaxing using Kava. It’s very interesting to note that Kava has actually been used by the military to lower stress and enhance focus ability of its soldiers.
How Safe Is Kava?
Long term use and over dosage of Kava (especially pills) has been known to cause some health issues including liver damage, nausea, renal dysfunction and hypertension. Also, consuming large amounts of kava at once could lead to skin rashes, headaches and numbness of the mouth.
But when used in regular doses as a natural treatment, Kava has been found to have little to no negative side effects. Health specialists recommend that Kava should never be used in conjunction with other medications, alcohol or by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
You can purchase Kava in the form of extract pills, powder, dried roots and teas and you can find it in most online herbal food shops. Before making a purchase, make sure that the product contains higher amounts (50-90%) of Kavalactones.
Also check that the Kavalactone ingredient has been extracted from the roots of the Kava plant – and not from the stems (which may increase the chance of liver toxicity).
A unique Kava product is the 1Hour Break – the first all natural Kava oral spray that dissipates stress and makes you feel calm, relaxed and sociable. All you need to do is spray into your mouth and within a few minutes, your mood with improve and you’ll be able to think more clearly and relaxed.