Frayed nerves? Say hello to kava

The calming qualities of this tropical plant could be just the tonic to the year that has been 2020.

If you’re feeling frazzled as we head towards the end of 2020, you’re far from alone.

We’ve been living through one of the most turbulent times in recent history, with all that extra strain caused by a global pandemic well documented.

A recent ABS survey into the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic found that by mid-August, almost half of Australians (46 per cent of us) felt nervous or restless at least half of the time.

Data from the Australian National University found Victoria’s second-wave outbreak and related lockdown saw a spike in worry among Aussies everywhere.

If you’re looking for a natural way to soothe frazzled nerves, aid relaxation and support sleep, the South Pacific plant known as kava might be just the answer to your 2020 prayers.

So, what exactly is kava?

Kava (Latin name Piper Methysticum) is a non-addictive medicinal plant belonging to the pepper family.

For centuries, Pacific Islanders have brewed the roots of this plant into a calming tea.

Studies have suggested that the properties in this low-growing shrub with light-green, heart-shaped leaves have a calming and relaxing effect on people who use it.

Little surprise the natural tonic is fast growing in popularity in modern times.

How does kava work on your body?

The roots of the kava plant contain active ingredients known as kavalactones, which are responsible for many of its beneficial effects.

Scientists believe that one of these compounds in particular, kavain, works by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain (chemicals your nerves release to communicate with each other).

One of these neurotransmitters is gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which decreases the activity of nerves. Hence the chill factor.

How you can take kava

Fortunately, given our new world, there’s no need to jump on a plane to the Pacific Islands to get a dose of kava (as nice as that sounds).

Kava extract is now available in tea, powder, capsule and liquid form.

GO Healthy – New Zealand’s No. 1 Supplement Brand in Pharmacies* – GO Kava 4200 1-A-Day capsules are a high-strength and super convenient way to get your kava intake so that you can soothe and calm nerves, aid mind and body relaxation and bring on the all-important zzzzzzz’s.

Vegan and vegetarian friendly, all that will be left is to wipe away the furrows from your over-worked brow, for good!

* *IRI New Zealand Pharmacy Channel, GO Healthy is the #1 ranked brand in value sales within Natural Health in the latest MAT 09/08/20.

This post is brought to you by GO Healthy GO Kava 4,200 1-A-Day capsules. This medicine may not be right for you. Read the label before purchase. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.