Just a few years ago, researchers at the University of Minnesota were stunned to discover that kava root—a South Pacific herb—prevented the formation of lung tumors in 99 percent of the mice they studied.
And as Dr. Marc Micozzi explains in his Breathe Better Lung Health Protocol, “That’s an unprecedented result among cancer studies using nutrients and natural products!”
Kava is a member of the pepper family, which is already known for its anti-cancer activities. Piper nigrans—or black pepper—contains piperine, which research has shown to be a very potent anti-cancer natural ingredient.
Dr. Micozzi says this could explain the long-held observation that people living in the South Pacific have dramatically lower rates of lung cancer.
Kava has long been used in Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, and other parts of Polynesia as an effective anti-anxiety agent. And despite comparable rates of tobacco use, incidences of cancer in Fiji, Vanuatu, and Western Samoa are much lower than in countries where the people don’t regularly consume kava.
In fact—in Fiji—the rate of lung cancer diagnosis is only 5 to 10 percent of the U.S. rate. That’s a 10-to 20-fold reduction in lung cancer—potentially just from using kava.
But if you’ve heard of kava before, I’m sure you know there have been some false claims surrounding it.
Dr. Micozzi says, “About 15 years ago, there was a ‘scare’ about possible liver toxicity associated with the herb. At the time, I was the founding editor of the medical journal Seminars in Integrative Medicine.
So, I invited and published an article from my colleague Jorg Gruenwald in Germany that showed there was no real evidence against kava. Instead, Dr. Gruenwald demonstrated that prescription drugs were likely responsible for the cases of liver toxicity originally attributed to kava.”
Based on this, Dr. Micozzi believes there’s absolutely no harm in trying kava.
At this point in time, Dr. Micozzi says we don’t have enough research to establish an effective dose specifically for lung cancer prevention. However, millions of people have found that an effective dose for anxiety is 200 to 400 mg, and insomnia is 60 to 120 mg of kava per day.
You can find out more about kava’s cancer-fighting benefits in Dr. Micozzi’s Breathe Better Lung Health Protocol, along with other strategies designed to help you prevent lung cancer. Click here to continue exploring this indispensable protocol today.