KAVOA™ Kava Extract
KAVOA™ Kava Extract
This relaxing botanical brings a calmness you can feel.
KAVOA™ kava extract is designed for products to help the overworked and stressed-out consumer. While kava promotes relaxation and stress relief, it does not induce drowsiness so it can be consumed throughout the day.
Avoid low quality kava! Our unique fingerprint isolates only the scientifically identified kavalactones from noble kava varietals. This ensures the highest efficacious experience while eliminating harmful byproducts.
More about stress and botanical extracts:
What medically causes stress and other anxiety-related mental illness is not yet fully understood, but current evidence suggest mood disorders are heavily influenced by changes in g-aminobutyric acid or GABA (Sarris, 2009). GABA is a substance in the central nervous system that inhibits nerve transmission in the brain by binding to and subsequently calming neurons that have become overexcited. Herbal medicines used for the treatment of brain health, like kava, use certain mechanisms of action involving complex neuron communication. This involves specific plant metabolites binding to neurotransmitters (Spinella 2001) and alter neurotransmitter synthesis (Sarris, 2007). In the case of kava, research demonstrates that it indirectly affects GABA neurotransmission having a damping effect on stimulatory pathways, which ultimately can provide an overall calming effect on the brain, benefiting sleep, relaxation and overall mood (Sarris, 2009; Baldwin, 2005).
Baldwin, D.S., Polkinghorn, C., 2005. Evidence-based pharmacotherapy of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Int. J. Neuropsychopharmacol. 8, 293–302
Sarris J, Kavanagh D, Byrne G, et al. The Kava Anxiety Depression Spectrum Study (KADSS): a randomized, placebocontrolled, cross-over trial using an aqueous extract of Piper methysticum. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2009;205(3):399–407.
Spinella, M., 2001. The Psychopharmacology of Herbal Medicine: Plant Drugs That Alter Mind, Brain and Behavior (Paperback). MIT Press, Cambridge.
Sarris, J., 2007. Herbal medicines in the treatment of psychiatric disorders: a systematic review. Phytother. Res. 21, 703–716. Sarris, J., Byrne, G., 2011. A systematic review of insomnia and complementary medicine. Sleep Med. Rev. 15 (2), 99–106.
Kava (kava-kava or piper methysticum) is a naturally occurring plant grown in many of the South Pacific Islands, such as Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Wallis Futuna, Tuvalu, Papa New Guinea and Hawaii. While KAVOA™ kava extract is a new ingredient that has not yet been studied in clinical trials, the active compounds in kava, called kavalactones, has been studied in over a dozen different human clinicals. Kava extract has been used since the 18th century and is traditionally known for its health benefits in stress relief, relaxation, mood enhancement, and sleep support.
AFS is proud adopters of Kava with American Botanical Council (ABC)!