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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Kava Kava

This herb might have a value for modern man. It increases sociability and makes your personality effervescent. But it comes with a price because a few hours later you'll be tired. Many people take it at night. Dr. Ray Shaleian says, "Research done in Hawaii indicates a toxic chemical (pipermethystine) may be present in the stem peelings and leaves of the kava plant but not the root. As the demand for kava increased a few years ago, companies started buying the stem peelings and leaves along with the root while traditional kava users on the islands only used the root. This chemical is apparently toxic to liver cells whereas kavalactones found in the root are not."1 For now, my recommendation is to avoid anything made with the stem of the kava plant. Anyone having tried it or who has more info is encouraged to post a comment.
  1. Kava Kava root. Ray Sahelian, M.D. raysahelian.com/kava.html. (Accessed August 10, 2008.)

1 comment:

Kava said...

If you have not hear about kava then I will say it is the best source of entertainment or recreational drinks i could say in the pacific islands and especially Vanuatu and New Caledonia, although New Caledonia does not plant kava itself they import most of that from Vanuatu.

In Vanuatu kava is like beer, after work people gether together around in the nakamals (kava) bars to socialize and meet new friends.