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What is kava?

Learn more about the tropical plant piper methysticum, commonly known as kava, that blend into VIVAZEN® Relax.


In Pacific Ocean cultures, where kava is indigenous, it has played an important social and spiritual role for centuries. It helps provide mental clarity, a calm focused sense of presence and helps to foster deeper conversations and connections between people.


Kava has the incredible ability to calm the mind and spirit, so that you can relax and take a break from everyday stress to focus on what’s truly meaningful. When you feel relaxed, you can center yourself in the present moment.


Kava is said to elevate mood, and help the body and mind naturally recover from exertion. Whether you are looking to relieve fatigue, minor aches from physical activity, or experience a deeper night’s sleep, kava can produce feelings of full body relaxation.

The Science Behind the Serenity: How Kava Works

Over the years, the world became curious about the Pacific Islander’s secret to serenity, leading to various scientific explorations on Kava. Here’s a brief breakdown:

GABA Receptors

Kava interacts with the brain’s gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors. GABA is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate brain activity and has calming effects. Kavalactones in kava bind to GABA receptors, enhancing the effects of GABA and promoting relaxation.

Neuronal Excitability

Kavalactones in kava have been shown to reduce neuronal excitability, potentially by inhibiting the release of noradrenaline, a neurotransmitter involved in the body’s stress response. By reducing excessive neuronal activity, kava can help induce a state of relaxation and calmness.

Stress Reducing Properties

Kava’s anxiolytic properties have been attributed to its ability to modulate neurotransmitters, promote GABA activity, and reduce stress-related physiological responses. These effects may contribute to its use as a natural remedy for stress reduction.

Modulation of Neurotransmitters

Kava has been found to influence other neurotransmitters in the brain, including dopamine and serotonin. It may inhibit the reuptake of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward, leading to a sense of well-being. Additionally, kava may affect serotonin levels, which can contribute to its mood-enhancing and stress-relieving effects.

Muscle Relaxation

Kava has muscle relaxant properties, which may be attributed to its interaction with GABA receptors and its ability to reduce neuronal excitability. This muscle-relaxing effect can contribute to the overall sense of relaxation and ease experienced by individuals consuming kava.

Frequently Asked Questions

Kava questions, answered.

  • What does Kava taste like?

    Kava has a unique earthy taste, often described as slightly peppery, with a hint of bitterness. Its flavor is an acquired taste for many, but the benefits more than make up for this distinct flavor.

  • How do I take kava?

    While traditional preparation involved making a drink from the kava root, VIVAZEN® Relax offers a more convenient form for daily consumption. Drink straight from the bottle or mix with your favorite non-alcoholic beverage. Always follow dosage instructions on the packaging or as advised by your healthcare professional.

  • Can I mix Kava with other beverages?

    Yes, many people mix kava with juices or other beverages. However, do not mix it with alcohol or other sedative substances to prevent adverse effects. Consult with your healthcare provider before mixing Kava with other beverages.

  • How long does it take to feel the effects of Kava?

    The onset can vary, but most people start to feel kava’s calming effects within 15-20 minutes of consumption

  • Can I drink too much Kava?

    We recommend following the dosage and consumption instructions on our packaging. Consult with your healthcare provider for more information.

  • Does Kava Relax need to be refrigerated after opening?

    We recommend that Kava Relax is refrigerated after opening and consuming 1 serving.