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Kava Extract

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Kava (Piper methysticum, kava kava) is a plant found in the Pacific islands that has been used for centuries as a mood-enhancer and euphoria-inducing tonic. It is well-known for its stress-reduction benefits and contains a number of active compounds called Kavalactones.

 

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Kava (60% Kavalactones) Benefits and Uses

 

Kava – also known as P. methysticum or kava kava – is a herb found in the Pacific islands with a long history of ceremonial use. Traditionally, it has been used for psychotropic and europhia-inducing effects – somewhat similar to alcohol. Hence, it has been nicknamed ‘intoxicating pepper’. The roots of the plants were brewed into a drink for ceremonial use. 

 

Today, Kava is used for its capacity to enhance feelings of sociability while reducing stress and improving mood. The main active compounds in the root extract are called ‘Kavalactones’, of which several play important roles in the mood-enhancing benefits of the plant.  

 

While Kava is known to have powerful stress-reducing and mood-enhancing benefits, the exact mechanisms of action are still somewhat poorly understood. The variety of kavalactones found within high-quality kava each have individual bioactivities which include weak MAOI and weak norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting properties, along with sodium and calcium channel modulation. 

 

Note: Please read through the usage instructions in our product description to understand how to use this product effectively. The supercritical CO2 extract is a waxy solid and is basically insoluble in water, so alternative methods are required.

Where to Buy Kava Online?

 

LiftMode offers a variety of unit sizes of Kava extracts, including 1-gram (0.03 Oz) and 20-gram (0.70 Oz) units, at an excellent guaranteed 60+% Kavalactones.  

 

All our products ship with a certificate of analysis from 3rd-party independent laboratories and all orders are covered by our 90-days refund/reshipment policy to ensure the highest quality. 

 

Shipping restrictions: Several countries have imposed restrictions on the import of Kava from abroad. We cannot ship this product to the following countries: Australia, any country located in the EU (except Poland), Switzerland, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, the United Kingdom.

 

Nomenclature:

 

Kava is also known by a few different names, including:

 

Piper methysticum

Kava Pepper

Ava Pepper

Kava Kava

Intoxicating Pepper

Awa

tonga

yangona

sakau

 

Scientific Consensus:

 

In the US, supplementing with Kava Kava is considered to be relatively safe when taken at the recommended serving size, for short periods of time. However, there are some considerations for liver safety with regards to long-term use – especially when taken at larger serving sizes. 

Due to confounding sources of information online, there are somewhat divergent views on the safety of Kava for the liver. There are two important factors to consider:

1.    There are several liver-damaging alkaloids present in the Kava plant, but in larger concentrations in the leaves and stems – parts of the plant that are not traditionally used. If an unscrupulous extract is made from the whole plant, these liver-damaging alkaloids may be present in the final product. Some studies exploring the effects of the plant on the liver have been based on the effects resulting from these types of extracts.

2.    There are also a variety of strains of Kava Kava. Some strains, such as the Tudei strain, have a cumulative effect both in terms of their effects and their load on the liver. At the recommended serving size, this should not be a problem, but prolonged use may put a strain on the liver. The so-called ‘noble’ strains of Kava have a reduced concentration of alkaloids that put pressure on the liver and a proportionately greater concentration of alkaloids that are readily metabolized without straining the liver.

LiftMode’s Kava Kava extract is made through a supercritical CO2 extraction of the dried roots of plants from the ‘noble’ variety. Every batch of our extract is subjected to independent, third-party analysis by a US-based laboratory.  

At the recommended serving size, such a high-quality Kavalactone extract from the lateral roots of the plant does not pose a danger to one’s liver health. Nevertheless, we do not recommend using this product more than 3 days per week or in amounts exceeding 12 servings per week at the recommended serving size. 

 

Potential side effects may include:

Allergic reaction, dizziness, drowsiness, pupil dilatation, fatigue, low mood, skin problems, upset stomach, headaches, liver damage, impaired motor coordination, and visual disturbances. There is not enough data to say whether Kava extract is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women, and therefore should be avoided. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to consuming Kava extract.

 

Shipping Restrictions:

 

Several countries have banned the use and sale of Kava products due to concerns about hepatoxicity. We cannot ship Kava to the following countries: Any country located in the EU (except Poland), Switzerland, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, United Kingdom.

Please ensure that your country does not have any import restrictions on Kava before attempting to import our products.

 

Disclaimer:

 

All dietary supplements have risks. Please ensure that you are familiar with the latest research on effects, side effects, benefits, and uses of a supplement before buying it.

Store in a cool, dry place. Keep out of reach of children. If you have any underlying medical conditions, especially kidney or heart related, are on dialysis or are taking any medication, please consult a medical professional before using this supplement. 

 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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Content Updated On: August 20, 2020

 

References:

 

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  • Chua, H. C., Christensen, E. T., Hoestgaard-Jensen, K., Hartiadi, L. Y., Ramzan, I., Jensen, A. A., Absalom, N. L., & Chebib, M. (2016). Kavain, the Major Constituent of the Anxiolytic Kava Extract, Potentiates GABAA Receptors: Functional Characteristics and Molecular Mechanism. PloS one11(6), e0157700. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0157700

 

  • Fu, P. P., Xia, Q., Guo, L., Yu, H., & Chan, P. C. (2008). Toxicity of kava kava. Journal of environmental science and health. Part C, Environmental carcinogenesis & ecotoxicology reviews26(1), 89–112. https://doi.org/10.1080/10590500801907407

 

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