Natural Factors - Stress-Relax Kava Kava 400 mg. - 60 Vegetarian Capsules
Natural Factors Stress-Relax Kava Kava 400 mg. is standardized to contain 30% kavalactones, the key active constituents in the herb. Kavalactones support the production of neurotransmitters invovled in regulating mood and relaxation, including serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. Numerous studies have shown that kava can help calm nervousness, relax tense muscles and minimize the negative effects of stress.
This formula features high quality Kavapure made from a variety of kava grown in the South Pacific. Quality is of paramount importance when choosing a kava supplement, and the safety off Kavapure has been confirmed through clinical studies. Stress-Relax is ideal for anyone who wants to enhance mood and sleep while reducing anxiety, even at times of stress.
Stress-Relax Kava Kava 400 mg. Features:
- Contains 30% kavalactones, the key active constituents in the herb
- Promotes relaxation and helps calm nervousness
- Relieves occasional anxiety and minimizes the negative effects of stress
- Supports restful sleep and mental focus and clarity
- 400 mg. Kava Kava per serving
- Vegetarian/Vegan friendly
Kava (Piper methysticum) has been used for centuries by South Pacific islanders to support relaxation, mood and sleep. Traditionally, mashed kava roots were consumed as a drink at religious, cultural and social gatherings to improve sociability. People drinking kava often report more restful sleep, and studies now confirm the benefits of kava for reducing restlessness and supporting sleep.
How It Works
Kava calms feelings of nervousness, promotes mood and supoprts sleep quality through the actions of kavalactones, compounds found in the kava root. Kavalactones alter the levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline and GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid).
Kavalactones have also been found to promote mental clarity by decreasing restlessness and stress during difficult tasks and by supporting brain performance. The compounds do this without incuding drowsiness, making kava an ideal natural product for daytime use to maintain concentration, especially in the presence of stressful distractions.
Kava also helps support healthy inflammatory reponses. It does this by inhibiting the activity of enzymes such as syclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) while also decreasing levels of other substances known to play a role in trigerring undesirable changes in the DNA of cells. Kavalactones also help decrease the physiological effects of stress, such as increases in blood viscosity, in part by affecting levels of noradrenaline and thromboxane.
Natural Factors Farms
Their Privilege, Their Passion
Today, Natural Factors is one of the largest manufacturers of nutritional products in North America. But their origins reach back to the 1950s, and right from day one, they’ve always been fully committed to making products right. They are not a public company with shareholders to impress. Instead, they care about impressing you.
A Very Special Place
In the alluvial valley between Otter Lake and Swan Lake, just south of the city of Armstrong, BC, Canada lies a very special tract of land – Natural Factors Farms. This exquisite certified-organic farmland gives Natural Factors complete control over securing the best quality raw materials possible. Literally, control from seed selection to finished product. Few, if any, companies in the world can demonstrate such a degree of control over their operations.
Everything Starts with the Soil
This farm has truly unique soil, built up over millennia as water from Otter Lake repeatedly flooded the valley below. These floods deposited a tremendous amount of organic matter onto the land. The resulting alluvial soil is extremely fertile. This incredible top soil is over six feet deep in places and has special lime stratification, which plays an important role in neutralizing the pH of the soil.
Seed Selection is Critical
One of the advantages of doing their own organic farming is having complete control over seed selection. They make sure to choose true “species” non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds. It’s very important to make sure that the seedlings are natural and healthy, because healthy seedlings mean healthy mature plants. Some of the open pollinated, non-hybridized crops they grow are Echinacea purpurea, astragalus, alfalfa, and lavender.
Controlling the Harvest
They also have full control over the harvest. For example, they selectively handpick the echinacea flowers, picking only the mature flower heads, because they contain the highest levels and best ratios of active ingredients. That’s a great advantage over mechanical harvesting, which doesn’t allow for selection based on the maturity of the plants.
Beyond the Farms
Their new US head office, which is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified, is located in Monroe, WA. Their Canadian head office is located in Coquitlam, BC, Canada. They have close to 700,000 square feet of space across nine locations in North America, housing offices, manufacturing and production facilities, laboratories, distribution centers, and extensive warehouses. Their manufacturing capabilities include softgel and two-piece hard-shell encapsulation, tableting, liquid and powder extraction, multi-ingredient aqueous granulations, and a liquid fill line.
Big Enough to do it Right
They believe they need to be “big enough to do it right." This means bringing as many processes in-house as possible. They are one of the only nutritional companies to have their own organic farms; their own extraction, encapsulation, and production facilities; their own labs and research facilities; and a vast network of academic, scientific, and retail partners. They are also one of the few branded manufacturers of nutraceuticals in North America to have their own softgel encapsulation facility.
50 Years of Oustanding Quality
Over the past 50 years, their customers have come to trust Natural Factors products. That trust is built on their dedication to formulating safe and effective products and manufacturing them to the highest quality standards, day in and day out.
Their Commitment to Science
One of the things that set Natural Factors apart from others in their industry is the breadth of knowledge represented by the scientific experts that work for them. Drawn from around the world and chosen for their unique training and background, their scientists and quality control specialists are recognized experts in their fields.
Good Standards of the Earth
Their goal is for their business practices to reflect their appreciation and respect for nature; to foster an environment of integrity and sensitivity towards environmental issues; and to work on reducing their environmental footprint, while maintaining the quality and affordability of their products. They are committed to sustainability and finding ways to make healthier choices.
Their Mission is to enhance the well-being of their customers – through research, development, and delivery of effective nutritional supplements and other health-building products. They are in business to contribute, in a cooperative and sustainable manner, to the lives of their customers, employees, suppliers, and the communities they serve.
Earth, Their Amazing Home
When they look up into the night sky and see the myriad of stars that make up the galaxy, they’re reminded that their planet, Earth, is part of something so big and amazing that they can hardly grasp it. They are completely dependent on the Earth. Air to breathe, water to drink, food to consume – the Earth provides everything they need to survive and thrive. And they have an important role to play in protecting it.
Caring for People and the World They Live In
They view people, the planet, and their profitability as interdependent. They are all critical for their long-term prosperity. Their founder, Roland Gahler, has always believed passionately that they need to be good stewards of this Earth – the only Earth they have – and that has become a cornerstone of their company’s philosophy.
Reducing Their Footprint
They are working to reduce their footprint in all areas of their operations. Their newest production facility is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified. They have found ways to reduce waste and improve energy efficiency at both their offices and their manufacturing facilities, and are increasingly aligning themselves with suppliers who are also committed to sustainability. They have employee engagement initiatives, a recycling program, and are working toward zero waste.
Local, Organic, and Non-GMO
Because Factors Farms are certified organic, they don’t pollute the earth with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Their crops are fertilized only with compost and nitrogen-rich sea plants. They grow true “species” non-hybridized, non-GMO seeds, including many open-pollinated varieties. Growing locally also helps reduce carbon emissions from overseas transportation, and keep jobs in the community.
In keeping with their philosophy of caring for people and the world they live in, they quietly do their part to make this world a better place. Whether it’s supporting research and education, making charitable donations, or giving product to people in need, Natural Factors gives back in many ways locally, nationally, and around the world.
Plant a Seed & See What Grows Foundation
They are excited to be a supporter of the Plant a Seed & See What Grows Foundation, a charitable organization whose vision is to help create a healthier generation through experiences that connect them to the land. They also donate $2 from the purchase of every bottle of Whole Earth & Sea product to the Foundation.
Helping Those Who Need it Most
They are proud to support organizations like Vitamin Angels. For over 20 years, they have been helping at-risk populations like pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five to gain access to lifesaving – and life changing – vitamins and minerals. In addition to corporate sponsorship of Vitamin Angels, they have donated their products and expertise.
Botanical Research and Seed Preservation
They are committed to protecting and preserving as many endangered plant species as possible, as well as rare heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables, many of which are long gone from farms and even private gardens. After years of botanical research we have a collection of seeds that has become a seed bank in its own right. Storing these seeds in the proper controlled environment will keep them viable for the benefit of future generations.