A root found in South Pacific Islands that's traditionally prepared as a tea, kava (or
Here are three huge benefits that kava delivers.
1. Fights cancer
Kava root contains flavokavains, chalconoid phenols that have cancer-fighting properties. It can help to combat breast cancer.
2. Boosts the immune system
The flavokavains in kava
3. Calms you
Kava deeply relaxes you and relieves you of anxiety. Kavalactones, the main active component in kava root, have a sedative effect. Unlike medications, kava won't addict you, nor will it harm your heart rate, blood pressure, or sexual function. Kava may be used in place of such prescription medications as benzodiazepines and antidepressants.
4. Helps you get to sleep
Kava became popular in the US years ago for its ability to treat insomnia. What's more, it soothes body aches as well as mind and muscle tension, helping you get the rest you need.
Other facts about kava
• It usually comes as a drink
it involves chewing or grinding kava root into a
• Claims that it harms your health have no basis
Many claim that kava can injure your
• It gives you back your chill
Most people drink kava to relax, ease anxiety stress, and pain, get to sleep, and feel a mild "high."
• Instant drink mixes
This is closest to traditional kava tea. You can make it in minutes. Be sure that any kava drink mix you buy is made with a kava root extract; plain kava root doesn't work. A quality instant kava mix should dissolve completely in water, leaving no residue.
Like the instant drink mix, a kava capsule should be made from root extract in either powder or liquid form. The supplement bottle should list the
Essentially a semi-liquid kavalactone extract with a yellowish color and a consistency similar to that of cake batter, full-spectrum kava pastes contain all the kavalactones as well as other active components of the kava root. The paste can be consumed alone in small amounts or added to kava tea for a booster.
• Kava tinctures
This is the most common way to consume kava. Since kava contains 12% kavalactone, you'll need two droppers of a kava tincture to give you a
Forms of kava to avoid
• Kava gum
Kava gum is a gum infused with kava extract that is chewed to release the kavalactones over several minutes. It doesn't really work.
The prepackaged teas you find in stores contain only trace amounts of kavalactones, so you're likely not to notice any effects.
Use kava responsibly
You can't overdose on kava. But if you take a lot, you won't be able to drive a car for a while.
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