An Overview of The History and Developing Research on Kava Safety

If you have made it here you have probably already read up on how there have been isolated instances & claims made about the effects of kava on the liver. The most interesting thing about these claims is recently, as research has progressed, most of the information surrounding them has been called into question. Most notably, the original source of these claims, Swiss and German health officials Interkantonale Kontrollstelle (IKS) & Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte (BfArM), have since overturned their 12 year ban on kava in Germany with the Federal Administrative court finding it both “Unlawful and inappropriate.” Read the full article here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/programmes/datelinepacific/audio/2599447/german-court-overturns-kava-ban

Furthermore, In a report examining the 26 alleged liver toxicity cases in kava users, consuming the herb at the recommended daily doses and duration, Kava was clearly linked in only one case. http://journals.lww.com/eurojgh/Abstract/2008/12000/Kava_hepatotoxicity__a_clinical_survey_and.9.aspx This is out of possibly millions who use kava on a daily basis.

The National Library of Medicine has stated “Based upon reported cases, the estimated frequency of clinically apparent liver injury due to kava is less than 1:1,000,000 daily doses.”

Unfortunately much of the misinformation and health warnings still remain and top Google rankings scaring off many of those who could benefit from introducing kava into their lifestyle. Much research is being done to understand completely how kava affects the human body and Universities have recently been excitedly publishing results on the possible myriad of benefits from kava root.

From curing cancer: http://www.healthtalk.umn.edu/2014/01/07/u-m-research-finds-kava-plant-may-prevent-cigarette-smoke-induced-lung-cancer/

To treating anxiety: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23635869

And helping with Insomnia: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16010204

Kava root has been used in traditional cultures of the South Pacific for its relaxing qualities for over 1,000 years without any record of causing any liver problems. We believe it has a great benefit to a large population of people whether it is purely for its relaxing characteristics or for those who wish to try it in replacement of pharmaceutical drugs or alcohol.

It is worth noting this post is not meant to be all encompassing of the total safety of kava. Research is increasing everyday on how kava affects individuals. Human physiology varies greatly and it is best to consult with your primary physician before beginning any new regiment of dietary supplements into your diet.

It is still recommended that people with current or previous liver problems, drink alcohol excessively, or take medication that can harm the liver not take kava. Kava probably should not be combined with any drugs that depress mental function. Kava should also not be combined with antipsychotic drugs or drugs used for Parkinson’s disease, due to the potential for increased problems with movement. Also please see our information on the effects of Tudei Kava vs Noble Kava

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