Carcinogen Alphabet: “K” for Kava Extract

The Kava plant is indigenous to Oceania and has been used both ceremonially and recreationally in certain cultures of the South Pacific for at least 1500 years.

In some places, Kava is now being consumed much like alcohol in western countries, as a beverage that is drunk socially.

There is inadequate evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of Kava extract. However there is sufficient evidence in experimental animals for the carcinogenicity of Kava extract. Kava extract as such is classed as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B).

In support of the “No Time to Lose” Campaign the SEL Group will be running an “Alphabet of Carcinogens” campaign and each week we shall release details regarding a different well known carcinogen.

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