KAVA FORTE: CALMING AND RELAXING
The root of Piper methysticum (Kava) is a significant plant to many societies in the Pacific Ocean: drinking a beverage prepared from it was once an integral part of ceremonial, social, political and economic life. Kava has in the past been used in nearly all Pacific islands including Hawaii, but not New Zealand, New Caledonia or most of the Solomon Islands. One of the first people to describe Kava drinking to the Western world was Captain James Cook, in the account of his voyage to the South Seas in 1768.
Kava is a member of the pepper family. It is hardly, slow-growing, attractive shrub that can reach heights of more than 3 meters (10 feet). The pant does not have many leaves, but they are quite long and heart-shaped. The average fresh weight of Kava’s root system is one kilogram (2.2 pounds) at the age of 10 months.
Kava has also been used traditionally in some of the herbal systems of the Pacific region, and more recently by natural clinicians of the Western tradition. Important constituents of Kava are the kavalactones. Extracts of herbs may be ‘standardized’ – this means they must contain a certain amount of important constituents. Top quality Kava extracts are standardized for kavalactone content.
Serving Size: 1 tablet
Amount per Serving
Kava root 7:1 water extract from Piper methysticum root 3.2g Containing kavalactones 50mg…………..455mg
Other ingredients: Water, cellulose, hypromellose, maltodextrin, silicon dioxide, sodium starch glycollate, magnesium stearate and calcium acid phosphate.
Caution: US FDA advises that a potential risk of rare, but severe, live injury may be associated with kava-containing dietary supplements. Ask a health care professional before use if you have or have had liver problems, frequently use alcoholic beverages, or are taking any medication. Stop use and see a doctor if you develop symptoms that may signal liver problems (eg unexplained fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fever, vomiting, dark urine, pale stools, yellow eyes or skin). Not for use by persons under 18 years of age, or by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Not for use with alcoholic beverages. Excessive use, or use with products that cause drowsiness, may impair your ability to operate a vehicle or dangerous equipment. Not for prolonged use. Do not exceed recommended dose.
HOW KAVA FORTE KEEPS YOU HEALTHY
Calm the nerves, promote relaxation and sleep
In societies of the Pacific Islands, water preparations of Kava were given traditionally to:
- calm the nerves
- relax the mind and body
- support refreshing sleep
- support the relief of muscular tension
Kava was also used to relax the mind and body in the Western herbal tradition.
In a randomized, controlled clinical trial, Kava was found to have a calming effect on the nerves of participants who took the standardized tablets for 8 weeks. Kava Forte contains the same extract that was evaluated in this trial.
Another clinical trial found that standardized Kava extract was able to relieve occasional sleeplessness in those who were experiencing everyday tension. General well-being also increased.
Absorption of water extract
The difference in absorption of water extract of Kava and ethanol extract of Kava was tested using the Caco-2 monolayer model. This experiment uses a single layer of intestinal cells. It is an in vitro test, meaning that it occurs in a laboratory dish, although it represents what is likely to happen in the human body. The water extract had similar results to that of ethanol extract, except for one kavalactone. The kavalactones in the water extract crossed the intestinal membrane quite readily. This suggests that the water extract of Kava on body tissues would be similar to that of an ethanol extract.
Safe of water extract
In 2011, researches in Australia evaluated a water extract of Kava that had been available on the Australian market for many years. They found no significant differences in the results of liver function tests between those taking Kava and those taking a placebo. In this well-designed trial, participants took Kava tablets for 8 weeks with the daily dosage providing 120mg or 240mg of kavalactones. (Some participants had their dosage increased during the trial.) Also, there were no significant adverse reactions observed in those taking Kava. Kava Forte contains the same extract that was evaluated in this trial.
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