| | Re: Kava Kava
Kava root is the entire root or "whole herb". Kava extract is a very concentared form which is made so as to contain a high level of kavalactones, the the active ingredient in Kava. The plain kava root found in health stores contains only 2 to 3 % kavalactones. The extact or "standardized" form will have between 30 to 55 % kavalactones. I've found the extract form to be far superior. Having said that, there's a word of CAUTION to be aware of. Cases of liver damage have been found in some kava users over the past couple of years. What's not known for sure is whether the kava alone or it's combination with other factors had been responsible. As far as I know at this point, these people either had unknown liver problems to start with or used kava with medication or alcohol. I used kava for two years (about 3 days per week) but stopped when hearing of this liver damage scare, just to be on the safe side. Needing something else to treat my anxiety, I soon discovered Scullcap. I think it's even better. If you use kava, it will be at your own risk. Liver problems rarely show symptoms until the serious stages so kava could do some damage in that case. On the other hand, many people use kava with no problems at all. It's your call. Hope this helps.
Last edited by isolated one; 12-30-2003 at 10:32 AM.