What You Need To Know About Kavalactones

Most of you reading this will be well aware of the relaxing effect that kava has on the body and mind. Did you know that it is in-fact the kavalactones, found in the root of the plant, which are responsible for producing this effect?

How can a kava capsule, or powder mixed with water calm the mind, soothe the muscles, and produce the feeling of well-being that kava lovers enjoy? Well, it is all thanks to the kavalactones.

The all-important ‘active’ ingredients:

When a substance produces an effect on the body, we talk about the ‘active’ ingredients which cause said effect. In the case of kava, a range of phytochemicals known as kavalactones are responsible.

With many plants, we predominantly use the leaves for their health-giving or nutritional effects; with kava, the magic happens underground.

The piper methysticum plant is a member of the pepper family. The kavalactones are concentrated in its rootstock and roots, rather than the leaves or stems. This is why ‘real’ kava is made only from the roots; using any other parts of the plant will damage the quality and may even lead to toxicity.

The many faces of kavalactones:

Kava is not quite so simple; there is not just one type of kavalactone contained in it. Eighteen are found and of these, six are generally measured, as they account for 90 percent of the kavalactones commonly found.

These are:

  1. Desmethoxyyangonin
  2. Dihydrokavain
  3. Yangonin
  4. Kavain
  5. Dihydromethysticin
  6. Methysticin

Don’t worry – there’s no test to see if you remember the names!

Just be aware that each one produces a slightly different effect on the body. This is why not all kava produces the same intensity of relaxation, stress-relief, or sense of mild euphoria; and some may even produce less welcome side effects.

The kavalactones all work together, of course, however it is the specific make-up of their content, the preparation, and your own individual physical composition that will ultimately determine the effects kava has on your mind and body.

The search for predictability

Different kava cultivars are usually distinguished by measuring the relative concentration of the six substances detailed above; this difference in concentration is called its ‘chemotype’.

For instance, some varieties of Vanuatan kava may contain high amounts of dihydrokavain, which can cause nausea. However, the response to kavalactones is individual and some people have a higher tolerance than others.

A six-figure numbering system is commonly used to differentiate between varieties based upon each cultivar’s kavalactone-type content. So those starting with 34 will have a higher content of yangonin and kavain.

Remember – predictability is important with kava. If you don’t know where the kava comes from, it’s impossible to know the precise effect it will have on you prior to consumption.

For this reason, Fiji Kava products use Nobel Kava, which is specifically grown on the island of Ovalau in Fiji. By insisting on this, we know that we can enjoy the pure, sedative, calming effect of kava at any time of the day, without any side effects.

At Fiji Kava, we believe that kava is a  natural, plant based alternative to help people relax, remedy stress, relieve sore muscles and assist in fighting insomnia. It has been known for centuries by Pacific Island people. Now it is our mission to get the word out there that there is a safe, natural solution to take that may calm and soothe apposed to conventional medication options.

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About Fiji Kava

Fiji Kava’s breakthrough key ingredient – Kavalactones – This is from the Piper Methysticum Plant naturally grown in the Pacific Islands. Through our Plant and food Research, Plus science and technology we have found specific varieties that are chemotyped to target Anxiety, & Stress.

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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