Nutritional Supplements Library
What is kava kava?
Other names for kava include ?awa (Hawaii), 'ava (Samoa), yaqona (Fiji), and sakau (Pohnpei). It is also alternatively spelled kawa. The word kava is used to refer both to the plant and the beverage produced from it. Its active principal ingredients are the kavalactones. Fresh kava root contains on average 80% water. Dried root contains approximately 43% starch, 20% fibers, 15% kavalactones, 12% water, 3.2% sugars, 3.6% proteins, and 3.2% minerals. Kavalactone content is greatest in the roots. Kava Kava is a member of the pepper family.
What is the effectice dosage of kava kava supplementation?
Usually, 70 mg of standardized kava extract is taken three times daily, for a total dose of 210 mg. A single 210 mg dose may be useful for insomnia. To help reduce anxiety and insomnia, and to reduce stress, a suggested kava dose is 2 to 4 grams as decoction up to three times daily. A kava decoction is created by boiling the herb in water. Supplements should provide an extract standardized for kavalactone content and delivering the equivalent of 50 - 150 mg of kavalactones. A 100-mg dose of a 70% kavalactone standardized extract, consumed 1-3 times per day is an effective dose for alleviating mild anxiety.
What are the benefits of kava kava supplementation?
• to ease the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.
• reduce stress-related anxiety.
• Promotes muscle relaxation.
• Creates a general feeling of well-being.
What are the side effects of kava kava supplementation?
If higher doses of kava are taken, the chemicals in kava root induce sleep and may cause drowsiness. which clear up when kava consumption is discontinued. Because kava depresses the nervous system, it should not be taken with alcohol or in conjunction with anti-anxiety drugs like Valium.
There have been several reports of severe liver toxicity, including liver failure in some people who have used dietary supplements containing kava extract. The severity of liver damage consequently prompted action of many international regulatory agencies.