Insomnia, Melatonin, Kava Root Extract & Delta rhythm Sleep

kava melatoninInsomnia, Melatonin, Kava Root Extract & Delta rhythm Sleep

Since 1993, the Medline Database lists 1,179 published studies, many of which support the usefullness of melatonin as an aid to safe natural sleep and its role as powerful antioxidant. Additionally, other research has demonstrated that melatonin may offer protective influences against certain types of cancer.

In the January 1995, Journal of Pineal Research, an article entitled "A Review of the Evidence Supporting Melatonin’s Role as an Antioxidant," the authors summarize their findings, accumulated in the two years prior, concerning melatonin’s role in defending against toxic free radicals, the most damaging being hydroxil radical (.OH). Not only has melatonin been shown to be a highly efficient neutralizer of free radicals (more than even vitamin E) but it was also found to stimulate glutathione peroxidase activity in neural tissue, as the following abstract demonstrates:

"Exogenously administered melatonin causes a 2-fold rise in glutathione peroxidase activity within 30 min in the brain of the rat. Furthermore, brain glutathione peroxidase activity is higher at night than during the day and is correlated with high night-time tissue melatonin levels.  Glutathione peroxidase is thought to be the principal enzyme eliminating peroxides in the brain. This antioxidative enzyme reduces the formation of hydroxyl radicals formed via iron-catalyzed Fenton-type reactions from hydrogen peroxide by reducing this oxidant to water. Since the hydroxyl radical is the most noxious oxygen radical known, induction of brain glutathione peroxidase might be an important mechanism by which melatonin exerts its potent neuroprotective effects.

(ABST) Neurochem Int; (1995 May) v26 n5 p497-502

For those concerned about eye health, melatonin’s protective influences are especially good news. In newborn rats injected with a GSH-depleting drug, melatonin showed significant protection for lenticular macromolecules. Other research establishes melatonin as a useful supplement for the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and for treating the symptoms of Jet Lag. Melatonin has also received a lot of attention because of its effectiveness in promoting natural Delta-Rhythm sleep. According to researchers at University of Haifa in Israel, Melatonin is showing the greatest promise as an aid to natural sleep and without side effects. As a naturally occuring brain hormone whose production is suppressed by many environmental antagonists including age, melatonin is vitally important in promoting natural Delta rhythm sleep. This the deepest sleep state and the phase during which the brain resets its sodium-potassium patterns. Additionally, optimal neurotransmitter levels are dependent on Delta rhythm sleep.

Kava Root Extract (KRE) has also been used by the inhabitants of the Pacific Islands for centuries as an relaxing botanical that also promotes Delta rhythm sleep. Because it potentiates the effectiveness of melatonin, it is the ideal complement in a melatonin complex formula. Kava Kava (piper mehtysticum) has been proven to be especially effective in treating refractory sleep disorders, including those involving headaches, menstrual cramps, and gastrointestinal disorders. Kava Root Extract contains significant levels of kavalactones and six fat soluble synergistic constituents.

 

herbal medicationsMedications

Kava has often been called "The Prozac Alternative".  Prozac (made by Eli Lilly), Zoloft (made by Pfizer), and other drugs are prescribed to treat depression.  The following are links to information about these drugs:

Zoloft - Description, Clinical Pharmacology, Indications & Usage, Contraindications, Warnings, Precautions, Adverse Reactions, Drug Abuse and Dependency
From FairLite.com

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kava and menopauseKava kava and Menopause
One group of patients who appear to respond extremely well to kava kava extract are women going through menopause, a time often associated with increased nervousness and anxiety. In a double-blind study forty menopausal women with menopaus-related symptoms were given either 100 mg of the kava extract standardized to contain 70 percent kavalactones or a placebo three times daily for eight weeks.  The beneficial effects of the kava extract were almost immediate, as after one week there was a significant improvement in scores on the Hamilton Anxiety Scale in the group receiving the kava extract.  As the trial continued, the scores continued to improve in the kava group.  in addition to improvement in symptoms of stress and anxiety, the group receiving kava kava also noted improvements in feelings of well-being, mood, and menopausal symptoms including hot flashes.  Again, these positive effects were gained without side effects.

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women kavaWomen's Health

Insomnia, menopause, and herbal treatments

Kava kava and Menopause

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kava stressHerbal relief: stress.

Industry Week
June 4, 1998

Taking kava, an herb used for centuries in the South Pacific, will reduce stress, say researchers Nirbhay N. Singh, Ph.D. and Cynthia R. Ellis, M.D., of Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia. Some 60 individuals ages 18 to 60 were given either kava or a placebo. Those who took kava twice daily found that their stress levels declined, while the placebo group experienced virtually no change. As for side effects, Singh concludes, "It is not addictive and does not lead to dose tolerance."

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stress herbal reliefStress

The following are items dealing with Stress:

Industry Week Article - Herbal Relief - Stress

Soothe Your Frazzled Nerves
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kava menopause treatmentsInsomnia, menopause, and herbal treatments

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kava melatoninInsomnia, Melatonin, Kava Root Extract & Delta rhythm Sleep

Since 1993, the Medline Database lists 1,179 published studies, many of which support the usefullness of melatonin as an aid to safe natural sleep and its role as powerful antioxidant. Additionally, other research has demonstrated that melatonin may offer protective influences against certain types of cancer.

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kava insomniaInsomnia

The following are items dealing with Insomnia:

Insomnia, Melatonin, Kava Root Extract & Delta rhythm Sleep

Insomnia and Menopause

Drifting into Dreamland
from Delicious Online

Ask Dr. Weil: Liqueur to Fall Asleep?

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aphrodisiacs kavaAPHRODISIACS by Aquarian

Aphrodisiacs! The word itself can send a tingle of anticipation down your spine. Throughout the ages almost every culture has used various `substances', usually herbal in origin, to put some zip into their love lives or in an attempt to cure the impotent. The types of preparation employed as aphrodisiacs ranged from the useless (except perhaps for their psychological effects) to the extremely dangerous, some being toxic enough to cause death! However, leaving those dangers behind....  The fourth type of herbal aphrodisiac is the one that seems to have the effect of directly increasing sexual desire and prowess, even increasing the intensity of the sensations felt during orgasm. After some extensive research and experimentation the two herbs that seem to produce the best results in this regard are Kava Kava root and Damiana leaves.

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kava hawaiiKava as an Aphrodisiac

One of the lesser-known benefits of Kava is its aphrodisiac effect.  The following items deal with this subject:

Aphrodisiacs - By Aquarian

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