Kava Kava extract 30% | Piper methysticum

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Kava kava is a plant that comes from the islands of the Western Pacific Ocean. Traditionally, it has been used to brew a relaxation drink. It is famous all over the world due to its beneficial impact on mood and reduction of stress. Importantly, it also has neuroprotective and nootropic properties that benefit cognitive performance.

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Kava Kava extract 30% | Piper methysticum

Properties: The common name of methystine pepper – Kava Kava – has nothing to do with the drink brewed from roasted coffee beans, which is a popular wake up method for many of us. Instead, this plant is closely related to black pepper that is found in kitchens across nations as an excellent spice. The natural form of Kava Kava has a rather unpleasant, pungent taste. Nevertheless, it doesn’t bother the people who are attracted to the relaxing properties of this plant. According to Polinesian tradition, a drink should be brewed from the root of methystine pepper. It has a beneficial effect on the nervous system – a sip can bring about feelings of relief and letting go. People who supplement Kava Kava also notice a more general sense of joy and the improvement of mood.   

Methystine pepper increases mental comfort and lowers subjective stress. Ingestion of Kava Kava optimizes functioning of neurotransmitters responsible for processing of emotions. Therefore, it might help us to calm down and reduce the feeling of pressure. The extract of Kava Kava is often compared with alcohol for its effects are similar. However, ethyl alcohol can often damage the nervous system, whereas Kava Kava supports the brain and has neuroprotective properties. This means that methysitine pepper can protect nerve cells from premature exhaustion. Additionally, it helps to “clean up” the brain from redundant and toxic substances. First and foremost, it limits the number of free radicals that can induce several diseases of the central nervous system. Interestingly, it can also benefit cognitive abilities. It is proven that even a small dose of Kava Kava’s extract can increase focus and make the mind razor-sharp. Therefore, it is possible to reach a state of relaxation and joy without the unpleasant effects of alcohol intake, such as dullness of intellect and loss of control over senses.

Occurrence: Methystine pepper (Piper methysticum) is a dioecious shrub that belongs to the pepper family (Piperaceae). It originates in the islands of the Western and Southern Pacific Ocean. There, it grows in the areas where heavy rains with over 70 inches per year occur. It was likely domesticated by Papuan tribes from New Guinea and Vanuatu over 3000 years ago. Methystine pepper is a descendant of the so-called wild kava (Piper wichmanii). It has distinctive flowers that grow directly from the stalk and resemble the seed-bearing head or spike of a cereal plant.

This centuries-old plant cultivated on the Pacific Islands has an enormous cultural and religious importance among its inhabitants. It takes part in all events – religious, cultural, and political and can be found in kava bars called Nakamals. The fresh or dried Piper methysticum root is used to brew a drink named Kava or Kava Kava. At first only men were allowed to consume it but nowadays it is available for females too. 

The root of methystine pepper is also used in the traditional medicine of the Pacific Islands. It has a wide range of application, as it is incorporated in the treatment of all kinds of infections, muscle pain, menstrual pain, rheumatism, skin diseases, respiratory issues, ailments of the genitourinary system, insomnia, and hyperactivity.

Biochemistry: Kavalactones present in the root of methystine pepper are the main source of its beneficial properties. These substances include six bioactive compounds, e.g. kavain, methysticin, and yangonin. It is thought that these compounds are responsible for 96% of pharmacological activity of this plant. Kavalactones are present solely in the strains of methystine pepper. Apart from them, the root contains as well: other lactones, alkaloids (kavain, pipermethystine), flavokavain and glutathione.

Fun fact: The common name of methysitine pepper is Kava or Kava Kava. It originates from the Pacific Islands where “kava” means “bitter”, “sour” or “pungen”’ in tonga language. On the other hand, the latin name of the plant – Piper methysticum – can literally be translated to “intoxicating pepper”.

How does Kava Kava extract 30% | Piper methysticum work?

Supports good mood: In tradition, Kava Kava has been used recreationally as a sedative substance just like Europeans and Americans use alcohol. Results of scientific studies confirmed that methystine pepper has a positive impact on mood – just one hour after ingestion of kava extract participants reported feeling joy. Active compounds of Kava Kava work as inhibitors of monoamine oxidase B – an enzyme that deactivates molecules of dopamine and serotonin. Thereby, these neurotransmitters can remain in synaptic clefts longer and activate their target receptors, which leads to feelings of joy and contentment.

Increases stress resilience: GABA is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. It limits redundant signals preventing overstimulation of the nervous system and the whole body. Its balanced activity forms the basis without which it is impossible to deal with tough circumstances, to calm down at the end of the day, or prepare for the nocturnal rest. Results of scientific studies demonstrated that active compounds found in the root of methystine pepper affect GABA receptors and activate them similarly to their natural ligands. It is proven that supplementation of Kava Kava extract helps to reduce anxiety with accuracy comparable to benzodiazepines often used in therapy of fear and depression.

Helps to get a better sleep: The proper activity of GABA is important in terms of many bodily functions, not only stress. At the end of a stressful day this neurotransmitter is crucial to calm down and prepare for a good night’s rest. Let’s keep in mind the importance of serotonin activity in that regard. While GABA stimulates slow-wave sleep and regeneration processes that occur during sleep, serotonin is a key neuromediator that induces REM sleep phase that allows the mind to get a little bit of rest. The results of clinical studies indicate that taking kava kava might help with improving sleep quality and stimulating regenerative powers of the organism. Basically, it means that we can wake up more relaxed and ready to take on new challenges.

Supports the nervous system: People who use kava kava regularly report that even though it provides relaxation and improves mood, it does not reduce awareness and efficiency of cognitive functions. This effect has actually been scientifically proven. It can be connected to the ability of kava kava to influence the activity of the hippocampus and basal nuclei. These structures are important in terms of memory and attention. What is more, the results of studies prove that a single dose of kava kava extract can improve reaction time in the tests of intellectual efficiency. However, keep in mind that this effect exists only when taking small doses occasionally. Higher doses are better when you need to relax but do not improve cognitive functioning that much.

Kava Kava extract 30% | Piper methysticum product specification

 

TYPE OF PRODUCT:
  • powdered raw ingredient
STANDARDIZATION:
  • extract from the Piper methysticum root (30% kavalactones)
MEASURING:
  • steel measuring tool 0.30 ml ~ 250 mg
PACKAGING:
  • airtight ALU-PET bag
INTENDED USE:
  • nutrition, neuroregulation, herbal medicine
LEGAL STATUS:
  • ingredient admitted to trading in the EU and the US

How to use Kava Kava extract 30% | Piper methysticum?

 

RECOMMENDED SERVING:
  • 300 – 600 mg
SERVINGS PER DAY:
  • 1 – 2
BEST ABSORPTION:
  • without food
WHEN TO USE:
  • during the day / before bedtime
OPTIMAL CYCLE DURATION:
  • 4 weeks of using – 2 weeks of break

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The above information about products should be considered a historical and scientific facts, not a recommendation on how to use a specific substance. Dietary supplements should not be treated as an alternative to a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet. The above information is not medical advice. Every use of a dietary supplement or herbal/nootropic compound should be consulted with a doctor or a specialist. Dietary supplements as well as nootropic and herbal compounds should not be mixed with medication. Our products should not be used by breastfeeding women and by the people under the age of 18.