When Dr. Marc Micozzi was doing fieldwork in the South Pacific in the late 1970s, he learned that a native pepper plant—called kava—was effective at fighting cancer.
As Dr. Micozzi states in his Insider’s Ultimate Guide to Perfect Prostate Health, “And I wasn’t the only one. By the 1980s, dozens of research studies emerged showing the anti-cancer benefits of regular kava consumption.”
For instance, Dr. Micozzi cites a study that explored kava’s link to prostate cancer prevention, which was featured in the Proceedings of the American Association of Cancer Research.
Scientists bred mice to develop cancer and then fed some of them a diet supplemented with kava.
After six weeks, the kava-fed mice developed fewer high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasias (or cancerous changes) and moderately differentiated adenocarcinomas, which Dr. Micozzi calls “the real cancer.”
And he adds, “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 half of the study, mice with existing prostate cancer tumors were fed a kava-enriched diet or a regular diet for 18 weeks. This concluded with 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 it didn’t just prevent metastasis—the prostate cancer had already spread, but supplementing with kava abolished those cancer sites.
Dr. Micozzi continues on to say, “Of course, not everyone embraced that promising evidence that emerged. In fact, kava’s name was dragged through the mud for years…”
Kava fears are based on false reports
Years ago a controversial study blamed kava for liver toxicity and further research into this herb was completely derailed. But Dr. Micozzi played an integral part in helping to debunk this false scare.
“In 2003,” he says, “I asked leading European researchers to prepare a review of scientific studies showing the absence of toxicity of kava. I published it in the premier volume of my scientific journal, Reviews in Integrative Medicine.
“That research review found that prescription drugs—not kava—were responsible for the liver problems.”
And thankfully, once kava’s supposed liver toxicity was debunked, new research into kava’s anti-cancer benefits picked up again. Which is exactly why kava still has Dr. Micozzi’s stamp of approval…
Brew a comforting cup of kava
Dr. Micozzi notes that scientists still haven’t set a therapeutic dosage for kava because they haven’t been able to determine how well it enters the tissues of your body.
So until we know more about how the body absorbs kava, Dr. Micozzi recommends 400 mg (by capsule), taken in the evening.
And he adds, “You can also find ground kava root powder, which can be mixed directly into water or juice. Like coffee, kava powders can be course- or fine-ground. If you opt for course-ground, it needs to be strained prior to drinking it.
“Similarly, dried kava root tea is also available, and can be steeped in water, then strained.
“Regardless of which form you choose, make sure it’s organic.”
Kava is just one of many approaches Dr. Micozzi recommends for the prevention of prostate cancer in his Insider’s Ultimate Guide to Perfect Prostate Health.