Kava Supplements For A Boost In Sports Performance
You may take kava supplements for a variety of reasons: to relax, to reduce stress, socialise, or just because you like the taste. But did you know that kava can also help with muscle recovery? It is a great option for all the sports and exercise enthusiasts out in the world today.
CHALLENGING THE VIEW OF TRADITIONAL VIEW OF KAVA
The topic of ‘kava and sports or exercise mixing’, has been a kicked around (excuse the pun) subject found on numerous forums ever since kava gained popularity in the western world.
The standard image people have of kava is generally someone lying on a beach, or in a kava bar, sipping from a coconut shell. However, that is a rapidly a changing ideal with the advent of kava shots, capsules, and powder. Kava is increasingly being consumed as a health supplement, rather than simply a social beverage.
Taking a kava supplement for sporting activity may seem surprising for many people. Yet, a previous Taki Mai blog post entitled ‘Pre-Match Kava Rituals for Top Sportsmen’, reported that the Kiwi rugby team drinks kava at training and before a match, with one of the players stating:
“It helps with bumps and bruises, hydration and relaxation, especially after a long trip.”
As it turns out, kava may help with even more than ‘bumps and bruises’ and can in-fact assist recover and repair muscle tissue.
KAVA SUPPLEMENTS & MUSCLE RECOVERY
Kava root is listed amongst the LiveStrong ‘muscle recovery herbs’ along with burdock root and other herbal mixtures.
Muscle recovery is a process by which muscles regain strength and it is important for anyone exercising regularly, as well as for more elite athletes. Minor muscle injuries, such as strains, are common – leading to inflammation and pain.
LivStrong goes on to say:
“According to Xterra Training, kava root supplements are commonly used to alleviate tight muscles after a hard workout. Kava root helps to block harmful acids from forming; this increases the speed of muscle recovery. Kava root has also been used to prevent muscle cramps that are caused by a buildup of lactic acid.”
A number of bodybuilding sites are beginning to notice the benefits of taking kava supplements in the ‘cool down’ period, post-exercise. The relaxation benefits of kava help to repair tired muscles that need rest in order to grow and stay healthy. They also assist bodybuilders, and other sportspeople, in dealing with muscle tension and post-exercise soreness.
Bodybuilding.com says that the root “acts as a natural tranquilliser, steadying nerves and inducing a feeling of well-being”. More specifically:
“For bodybuilders … Kava might help to negate the symptoms of overtraining and enhance muscle growth via muscle relaxation.”
The same site lists the properties of kava as follows:
• Alternative: tending to cure or restore to health
• Analgesic: capable of relieving pain
• Anaesthetic: causes temporary loss of bodily sensations
• Anti-fungal: capable of destroying fungi
• Antiseptic: free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms
• Antispasmodic: a drug used to relieve or prevent spasms
• Aphrodisiac: a drug or other agent that stimulates sexual desire
• Diuretic: any substance that tends to increase the flow of urine
• Sedative: tending to soothe or tranquillise
Quite a list!
A FEW WORDS OF CAUTION
Be careful with the quality of the kava you choose, the quantity consumed, and when you consume it. Having awareness of these factors will allow you to reach the full potential of the benefit from kava’s effects.
LiveStrong notes that “MedlinePlus.com…recommends that you do not take kava”, presumably based on the reports of liver damage that led to the kava ban in Germany, which was overturned last year. It is thought that these reports refer to an impure form of kava, which included parts of the plant other than the pure root. Only the root of the plant is used in the best kava supplements. In fact, Fiji Kava strictly uses the extract of kavalactones found in Nobel Kava roots.
Our recently-announced partnership with Douglas Pharmaceuticals ensures that your Fiji Kava supplements all use medicinal-grade kava.
Some scaremongers may also refer to an incident a few years back, when a New York man collapsed while biking to work, after drinking kava tea. However, it was later found that he was suffering from Rhabdomyolysis, a kidney condition.
Kava can produce a similar diuretic reaction to coffee or tea, which may cause dehydration and exacerbate kidney problems, so avoid it of you have liver or kidney problems and note that it’s usually better taken after exercise rather than before.
About Fiji Kava
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We guarantee Fiji Kava is planted, produced, processed, and packaged by us 100% Farm to Shelf fresh from our Fiji Islands.
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