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Benefits of Kava

While there appear to be many benefits of Kava, some are more scientifically valid than others. Kava supplements are often claimed to be beneficial for treating stress, depression, anxiety disorders, and insomnia. However, there have been several reports of severe liver damage possibly due to the supplement. Until more information is available, the risks of using kava may outweigh any possible benefits.

What Benefits Can Kava Provide?

Kava (Piper methysticum) is a pepper-like plant native to the South Pacific. It is a common ingredient in dietary supplements. Kava supplements are often claimed to be helpful for the following conditions:
 
Some of these kava benefits are more scientifically valid than others (see Does Kava Work? for more information). As with many supplements, claims for the benefits of kava are sometimes exaggerated, and these claims must be evaluated critically. Most importantly, it is essential to remember that natural products should not be used carelessly, as many natural products can be quite toxic (for instance, many poisons are natural products). In fact, there have been several reports of severe liver damage possibly due to kava, and kava supplements have been banned in several countries (see Kava Safety for more information). Therefore, until more information is available, it seems that the risks of using kava probably outweigh any possible benefits.
 
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