Kava health and benefits
Kava kava (“kava” for short) contains substances called kavapyrones. They act much like alcohol on your brain, making you feel calm, relaxed, and happy. The plant is also thought to relieve pain, prevent seizures, and relax muscles. You can buy it as an herbal supplement online and in health food stores.
Kavalpyrones and chalcones are the two main active compound classes of kava extract.
- Kavalpyrones (methysticin, dihydromethysticin, yangonin, dihydrokavain, and kavain) produce muscular relaxation and calming effect.
- Chalcones (flavokawain A, B, and C) have potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anticancer effects.