From anxiety relief to cancer prevention and treatment, kava is a medicinal herb with a vast range of effects.
You may have heard of kava tea and its calm-inducing effects. In fact, many kava users report an almost euphoric sense of well-being when enjoying a cup or two
On the flipside, you may have also heard that kava poses a danger to your liver. Fortunately, this “problem” has been debunked. I’ll tell you more about that in a moment.
But what probably surprises people the most when it comes to kava is that it’s actually a proven cancer fighter.
Research shows that this simple herb not only prevents, but can also help treat breast, colon, and lung cancers—as well as our spotlight for today: prostate cancer.
But here’s an important tip: You’re going to need more than a freshly brewed cup of kava to take on a foe as formidable as cancer.
Putting kava fears to rest
Before we go any further, I want to dispel the myth of kava toxicity.
Like so many health myths, this is yet another unfounded claim—disproven by actual research and science—that mainstream medicine continues to perpetuate to make money off prescription medicines.
The fact is, herbal healers have safely used kava for centuries in Polynesia and other parts of the South Pacific.
So in response to the rumors about kava’s dangers, Dr. Marc Micozzi decided to step in and settle this controversy once and for all—with solid evidence of kava’s safety profile and its range of benefits.
As he explains in his Insider’s Ultimate Guide to Perfect Prostate Health, Dr. Micozzi asked leading European scientists to analyze research about kava’s effect on the liver. He published the results in the premier volume of his scientific journal, Reviews in Integrative Medicine.
The conclusion: Prescription drugs were responsible for the liver problems—not kava.
“It took others longer to make this realization,” he says, “but they finally saw the light. Kava’s supposed liver toxicity has now been debunked. A ban on the herb was finally lifted in Germany last year. And research into kava’s anti-cancer benefits continues.”
In short, whether you use kava to relax and take the edge off your day, or to help your body fight off cancer, this safe herbal tool can be used with confidence.
Kava—for prostate cancer prevention and treatment
Dr. Micozzi has been tracking kava research since he first heard about its cancer-fighting power while doing fieldwork in the South Pacific more than 40 years ago.
And that impressive research continues to this day.
Dr. Micozzi highlights a study that focused on cancer preventive and treatment strategies, featured in Proceedings, the journal of the American Association of Cancer Research.
In the preventive trials, mice bred to develop cancer were fed a kava-enriched diet. They developed fewer high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasias (or “cancerous changes”) and moderately differentiated adenocarcinomas, which is the real cancer.
Dr. Micozzi says, “This finding suggests kava can work as an effective, natural approach for preventing prostate cancer…even in mice bred to develop the disease!”
In the second arm of the study, researchers fed a kava-enriched diet to mice with existing prostate cancer, which produced two dramatic results:
- Kava-fed mice had significant reductions in tumor size. “Which suggests,” Dr. Micozzi adds, “we can use kava as part of a complementary treatment plan for established prostate cancer.”
- Kava abolished cancer spread to other parts of the body. Dr. Micozzi describes this as “truly astounding” because the prostate cancer had already spread, but supplementing with kava abolished those cancer sites.
Two ways to take your kava
When supplementing with kava, dosage depends on what you’re using the herb for, and the mode of delivery.
For instance, Dr. Micozzi notes that 300 mg is the typical daily dose for relaxation. But he adds that this isn’t enough to prevent—much less reverse—prostate cancer.
South Pacific islanders are known to consume as much as 10 grams of kava every day—which is more than 30 times the typical supplement dose! But as research has revealed, the greater the kava intake, the lower the cancer rates.
“Another key factor to remember,” he says, “the islanders drink their kava rather than take it in pill form. In fact, the traditional method is to infuse fresh or dried kava roots into a tea with hot water.”
However, if supplementing with capsules is easier for you, Dr. Micozzi recommends 400 mg in the evening for traditional use as a relaxing stress-reliever,.
If you prefer your kava the South Pacific island way—as a beverage—Dr. Micozzi points out that ground kava root powder can be mixed directly into water or juice. Dried kava root tea is also a good source—but he recommends organic products only.
He also offers this note: “Most people report that kava doesn’t have a pleasant flavor. It can also cause some numbness in the lips and tongue in some people. However, these effects are typically mild and temporary.”
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“Kava in the Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study” Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology 2013; 33(5): 643-648. DOI: 10.1097/JCP.0b013e318291be67