Piper Methysticum, better known as Kava is a plant traditionally used to treat anxiety, stress, insomnia, and other disorders.
However, high doses of kava can cause liver damage and should not be taken in combination with alcohol.
Kava is a potent anxiety reliever, kava offers a non-alcoholic way to wind down at the end of the day, especially if you’re working late or you have trouble falling asleep.
Kava works by affecting the neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are substances released by the brain to communicate, so kava can act on them to change the perception of the brain. Kava decreases the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) specifically.
Kava may stop the growth of cancer cells. However, it works most effectively for breast cancer. Studies show Kava can decrease breast cancer cell size and may even increment cell death.
It also stops the production of regulatory proteins which further stops the cell cycle and eventually cause cell death. Another study showed that kava may prevent breast cancer metastasis too. It does so by stopping the formation of blood vessels and cutting off the nutrient supply to the tumor cells.
Studies have also shown Kava to be effective against bladder cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.