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Now Foods Kava Kava Extract is a dietary supplement with a high-quality extract of kava-kava root (Piper methysticum), standardised at a 30% content of active substances - kavalactones. The product is additionally enriched with an extract of Siberian ginseng root (Eleutherococcus senticosus).
Kava-kava (Piper methysticum) - a species of a traditional medicinal plant, commonly known as kava or kava-kava; for thousands of years, it has been used for medicinal and relaxing purposes in the countries of the South Pacific in the form of herbal tea, prepared from a fresh rhizome or, more often, from the root. It is the root that contains the greatest amount of active substances with a mild psychoactive, spasmolytic and anti-anxiety effect, i.e. kavalactones (mainly methysticin, yangonin, kavain, marindinin and their dihydro derivatives). In spite of that, it does not belong to addictive drugs.
How does Kava work?
The plant's mechanism is complicated and not entirely explained. Currently, it is certain that Kava works through GABA-A receptors in nerve endings, stimulates the secretion of FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and inhibits the activity of monoamine oxidase in the brain, i.e. the enzyme which breaks down many neurotransmitters with an amino structure.
Many clinical studies have confirmed its anxiolytic, anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, sedative, spasmolytic and central-muscle-relaxant properties, putting the plant on an equal footing with such drugs as Opipramol and Buspirone - the comparison was made during tests on a German drug Maoni which contained the standardised kava extract. What is more, scientists are testing the plant’s effect on alleviating menopause symptoms in women.
Kava-kava properties and application
As reported by numerous users, kava-kava can cause mild euphoria, improve the mood and stimulate eloquence. It puts the users in a carefree mood, maintaining the lightness and sharpness of mind and the ability to focus attention, which makes it a much better solution than drinking alcohol. Additionally, contrary to alcohol, it does not cause aggression, anger and unwise behaviour, which makes it a potential help in fighting addictions. Kava is recommended in the conditions of fear, anxiety, excessive emotional tension and neurotic symptoms.
Kava in alleviating menopause symptoms
As early as in 1990, scientists tested the effect of the Kava Kava extract on conditions of anxiety and some vegetative symptoms among women (about 52 years old) who were undergoing menopause. The treatment lasted 12 weeks, the dosage was 60 mg of kavalactones a day. With the help of specialist indexes (KI - Kupperman index; ASI - Anxiety Sensitivity Index), a positive effect was observed as soon as after 4 weeks since the beginning of the supplementation. Following studies also confirmed its anxiety-reducing properties. Moreover, kava-kava showed synergy when connected the with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which includes the use of oestrogens and progestogens.
Safe use of kava-kava
Commission "E" members (a German advisory board, representatives of academic and practical medicine and pharmacy at the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices - BfArM) have issued a statement in which they stated that they were convinced by the scientific data concerning kava-kava's efficiency, and the ratio of benefits to risks and its therapeutic application in patients were assessed positively.
Eleutherococcus senticosus - also called the Siberian ginseng; used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 4,000 years for the purpose of increasing vitality; belongs to the so-called adaptogenic plants which increase the resistance to stress factors. Moreover, it has a beneficial effect on the processes of concentration and learning.
To sum up, NOW FOODS Kava Kava is a dietary supplement which facilitates alleviating the symptoms of anxiety, neurosis and stress. It is a healthy and natural alternative for alcohol and sedative drugs. Recommended in alleviating menopause symptoms, drug rehabilitation and the conditions of excessive emotional, nervous and muscle tension. Therapeutic application should be carried out under the permanent guidance of a specialist.
The standard daily dose of the supplement is 250 mg of the standardised extract. It may be taken throughout the day with a meal, although it is usually suggested to take it at bedtime. Studies have demonstrated the safety of doses of up to 800mg.
Kava exerts anxiolytic and sedative effects and its high doses can slow reaction time and impair motor skills. Because of that, it is recommended to avoid driving or operating machinery after taking the supplement.
Supplements with kava extract may react adversely with many substances and that is why it should be used with great caution if you take any medicines. What is more, it should not be mixed with alcohol due to an increased risk of liver damage.
Now Foods is a company with years of experience in the industry that offers a wide range of nutrients and dietary supplements. Brand is known for its high-quality products designed for hair and nails and supplements supporting the immune system. The offer includes the antioxidant supplements, antibacterial supplements, reducing appetite supplements, products supporting the reduction of body fat and improving digestion. All products are made from natural ingredients.
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|per 1 capsule||amount||%DV|
|Kava kava Extract(piper methysticum)(root) (Standardized to contain min. 30% Kavalactones)||250 mg||-|
|Eleuthero(Eleutherococcus senticosus) (root)||100 mg||-|
Cellulose (capsule), Cellulose Powder, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source) and Silica.
Kava (Piper methysticum) - a species of traditional medicinal plant commonly known as kava or kava kava; used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes and relaxation in the countries of the South Pacific by drinking the brew, cooked-from fresh rhizomes, or more often - from the root. It is the root contains many active substances with a slight psychoactive, spasmolytic and anxiolytic, i.e. Kavalactones (mainly methysticin, yangonin, kavain, marindinin and their dihydro-deriavatives). Despite this is not qualified as addictive drug.
The mechanism of Kava-Kava
The mechanism of action of this plant is complex and not entirely understood. At the moment, it is known that Kava works by GABA-A receptors nerve ends stimulates the secretion of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), inhibit monoamine oxidase activity in the brain, i.e. enzyme degrading lots of neurotransmitter having the structure amine.
Many clinical studies have confirmed anxiolytic effects, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, sedative, calming, centrally relaxing muscles, putting the plant on a par with such medicines as opipramol and Buspirone - the comparison was made in the testing of the German drug Maoni, which included just a standardized extract of kava. Moreover, scientists study the operation of the plant for the suppression of the symptoms of menopause in women.
Properties and used kava-kava
Kava - like many users are reporting - can cause slight euphoria, enhance mood and stimulate eloquence. It creates a state carefree, retaining the brightness and sharpness of mind and the ability to concentrate attention, which is a much better option than drinking alcohol. In addition, unlike alcohol, does not cause aggression, anger and foolish behaviour, making it a potential mean against addiction. It is recommended that the use of kava in the states of fear, anxiety, increased tension and emotional symptoms nervous-anxiety.
Kava in reducing the symptoms of menopause
Researchers in 1990 studied the effects of an extract of Kava Kava for anxiety and some vegetative symptoms among women (approx. 52 years of age) undergoing menopause. Treatment lasted 12 weeks, the dosage was 60 mg per day kavalactones. Using a specialized index (KI - Kupperman index, ASI - an index of anxiety) reported beneficial effects of therapy after 4 weeks of starting supplementation. Subsequent studies also confirmed the effect of reducing anxiety. Furthermore, kava showed a synergism in combination with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), including the use of estrogens and progestogens.
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