Kava Kava Extract or Kava Extract


Throughout the last 20 years, there has been many extracts developed from the kava root, with the end result normally being an easy to use product which still has the extracted compounds that are known to have medicinal properties. Kava extracts normally have two compounds: Kavalactone the best known of  the two, the other Chalones also found in the majority of kava extracts is show to have antibacterial, antifungal, antitumor and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Six major kavalactones found in the kava plant.

Kavalactones are the active ingredient that causes kava euphoria. The core Kava lactones are:


1.       Kawain: has been shown to control lipofuscin (a yellow-brown  pigment it is considered one of the wear and tear pigments, found in the liver, kidney and heart muscle) deposits.


2.       Methysticin and Dihydromethysticin: exhibit a neuroprotective activity. They are capable of reducing the size of an infarction it has similar effect as to a local anesthetic.


3.       Desmethoxyyangonin: It is able to increase dopamine levels in the nucleus accumbens. This may be the reason for the euphoria from Kava consumption.


4.       Dihydrokavain and Yangonin: no apparent research was found.


For conclusive breakdowns of kava lactones in different kava species, I strongly suggest that you look at Dr Vincent Lebot’s Kavalactone Analysis document published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry- “Quantification of Kavalactones and determination of Kava (Piper methysticum) Chemotypes Using Near infra red reflectance Spectroscopy for Quality Control in Vanuatu.”

Methods of Kava Extraction

There are currently several methods used to make kava extract. For thousands of years local people of Vanuatu a south pacific island prepared kava by grinding fresh (straight out of the ground) kava using  stones/coral in some islands, in others a hollowed out log and large stick a lot like a spice grinder and in some islands virgin boys would chew it up. After the grinding process, water would be add then it be sieved through coconut husks.

 To date the people of Vanuatu haven’t changed these traditional techniques to prepare kava. Slight modernization has seen the use of mechanical grinders and instead of cocoanuts husks and pantyhose and other cloth are used to sieve the kava. The more you sieve the kava the purer the kava becomes.

Fresh kava root contains on average 80% water. Dried root contains approximately 43% starch, 20% fibers, 15% kavalactones, 12% water, 3.2% sugars, 3.6% proteins, and 3.2% minerals. Kavalactone content is greatest in the roots and decreases higher up the plant. Relative concentrations of 15%, 10% and 5% have been observed in the root, stump, and basal stems, respectively.

H2O Extract

H2O extraction like the traditionally method but modernized grinding the kava roots in to powder. The compounds are extracted by adding cold water and mixing them together. To get the most effective extract the mix most be refined to just the right level to make a quality product. 

CO2 Extract

Using the kava root, and grinding the dried root to a powder. Compounds are extracted by contacting the ground root with CO2 at an extraction pressure, and at a temperature of around about 60-65° C. The result is a golden paste.

Alcohol Extract                                                                                                                                                    

 Alcohol extraction is made using dried kava root, methanol or ethanol, but usually methanol is used because it more cost effective. When using ethanol or methanol to make the extract, it separates kavalatones but without all other properties like chalones it makes it somewhat harmful. Many producers of alcohol extract grow there plant in a plantation type setup using harmful pesticides and fertilizers accelerate growth. They harvest kava when too young, not even getting the fall benefits of the plants.                                                                                                                                      

Out the three extracts, H2O has to be the safest and most effective way of using kava.

Kava Extract Products

Kava extract products come in many shapes, sizes and forms if you suffer from anxiety or you just want to relax kava has been found to be very effective. Kava Drinkers in Vanuatu drink their kava at Nakamals (kava bars) and they develop a taste for it. However for people who haven’t had kava it looks and tastes like a cup of muddy water with pepper and it can be difficult to stomach. Kava extracts attempt to make kava more palatable and below are some good ideas that have recently been developed using kava extracts:

Lava cola - Vanuatu very own kava cola. Using a H2o extract infused into a cola, its offers the kava effect with a cola taste. Kava Kordail, like Kava cola has been developed in Vanuatu and is a cordial or “cool-aid” - to you readers in the U.S. it’s easy to use and stomach and can be added to juices and the like. Kava strips (another product of Vanuatu) is a strip of paper with kava lactones infused into it , which can then be mixed with coffee, tea and or any another beverage you desire, or simply put under your tongue.

Keeping to the traditional side of kava there is instant kava, normally made using a concentrate of kava juice, the end product is very fine powder similar to baby powder. With instant kava it is simply a matter of adding a tea spoon or two to a glass of water and then stirring for 30 seconds. There are a number of Instant kava products available with Quick Kava Premium being one the best. Quick Kava Premium is made using a H2O extract and sold in sizes from 25g upwards.    

Kava extracts and the products that include them are an ideal way to experience the kava effect, along with its medicinal property and the social atmosphere it create. If you wish to buy kava,buy kava kava,buy kava kava extracts,buy kava extract and instant kava for its medicinal properties or just like it effects you can find more info and on how to buy kava or buy Vanuatu kava at Vanuatu Kava Store.    





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Kava Information Sites


BIHA - Kava Supplements | BIHA – Kava Study | Kava and Anxiety |  Kava Side Effects | Kava on the Go |                                                                                          Daily Post – Vanuatu Premier Newspaper | Kava Culture in Vanuatu





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