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Kava Can Enhance Brain Function and Immune Support

by Cathy Fleming 22 Jan 2021 0 Comments

Kava offers a wide variety of benefits, including relaxation and better sleep. It doesn’t stop there. Kava has also been known to enhance brain function, offer cognitive support, and boost the immune system.

Kava and Brain Function

Cognitive Performance: Studies have found that kava can improve short-term memory and improve visual attention and increase speed on completing tasks. 

Neuroprotective: The main components in kava are kavalactones. Kavalactones are a mix of different compounds, two of these compounds are dihydromethysticin and methysticin.  Both are similar to Memantine, which is a drug used to treat Alzheimer's.  

Neurotransmitters: When you have anxiety your neurotransmitters are very active. Kava helps to slow them down, which is how it is useful in helping manage stress.

Immune System Support

When most people think of kava, the immune system does not come to mind. However kavalactones support the immune system by improving your quality of sleep.  

Kava doesn't just relax the body; it also calms the mind. When your mind and body are relaxed, you sleep better. We all feel how sleep is critical to the immune system.

When you sleep, your immune system releases a protein called cytokines. Not only do cytokines help promote sleep, but they also help fight infection and repair damage from free radicals and inflammation while you sleep.

Suppose you are sleep deprived due to insomnia. In that case, your immune system cannot work properly to fight off disease and bacteria. You get sick more often, and chronic inflammation can cause health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.  

That's where kava can help. If your mind cannot wind down then it is difficult to fall asleep. Kava can act as a sedative and put your mind in a restful state. When your mind relaxes, it allows you not only to fall asleep but have a better quality of sleep.

Kava has been used on the South Pacific Islands for centuries as natural medicine. The properties of kavalactones wield many health benefits. Kava goes well beyond the use of just relieving stress. It can enhance your cognitive abilities, relax your mind and boost your immune system by allowing for better sleep quality.


Referenced Studies

Kava and Brain Function

Kava and Sleep

Sleep and the Immune System

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