NOOTROPICS 101 – What is Vanuatu Root?

Vanuatu Root, named for a Pacific island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, is more commonly known as Kava, a plant that grows throughout the Western Pacific region. The root of the Kava plant, or Piper methysticum (which translates to ‘intoxicating pepper’), is typically used by cultures in these areas to make a tea that has sedative, anesthetic, euphoriant, and entheogenic properties. In plain language? It relaxes you and makes you happy!

Better Than Alcohol?

The use of Kava in Pacific Ocean cultures for spiritual and social enhancement goes back centuries. It was actually looked down upon by Christian missionaries because of it’s similarity to alcohol intoxication. These days, Kava has become so popular that Dave Asprey, of Bulletproof fame, actually suggests consuming Kava rather than alcohol to more closely follow his dietary guidelines. Unlike alcohol, Kava is not physically addictive. With the rise of ‘Kava Bars’ in North America, replacing alcohol with Kava has become easier and easier.

High quality Kava is a must. The stems and leaves contain poisonous alkaloids. Cheaper Kava may contain these parts of the plant so avoid alkaloid poisoning by buying from a reputable source. Kava should not be combined with psychotropic medicines – these are used to treat psychiatric disorders and include antidepressants (like SSRI's) and mood stabilizers. Kava can also enhance the effects of alcohol so, one should always be mindful of this if planning to combine the two.

The Ultimate State of Relaxation

So, why is Kava in your AVA? Because Kava creates the ultimate state of relaxation. Kava contains kavalactones. These compounds go straight to the section of our brain that controls worry and stress. Kavalactones muffle any of its signals so you feel relaxed, happy, and anxiety-free. Kavalactones also increase cognitive performance. Some AVA users report experiencing enhanced visual acuity, seeing brighter colors, and more ease in conversation. In fact, there are a growing number of AVA users who use it specifically to deal with social anxiety. They report a feeling of safety and ‘heart-opening’ that allows them to connect more effectively with new friends as well as loved ones.

The Vanuatu Root extracts in Limitless Life’s AVA are made with only the root of organic, sustainably grown Kava. You’ll never have to worry about toxic alkaloids. Thanks to our proprietary extraction process, AVA contains two different potencies of extract, each lending its own unique set of components to  the blend. This results in a more heightened experience than you’d get with regular Kava. Although nausea is often a side effect caused by ingesting a large amount of Kava, this proprietary extraction process prevents nausea for 99% of our thousands of AVA customers. Eventually, we’ll be able to prevent it completely, for everyone.

Organic AND Sustainably Grown!

Because we work with farmers on our plots of land that follow strict sustainability guidelines, using AVA means part of your purchase price goes back into supporting local farms in small communities. Maybe you won’t be thinking about this when the beat drops or when you’re making a soul connection with someone who was a stranger just hours ago. But we know our AVA customers care. And we’re as proud of that as we are of AVA.

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