Overview of Kratom
Kratom isn’t a household name, but perhaps it should be. With numerous health benefits and low levels of risk associated with its use, kratom is widely considered to be one of the safest natural remedies available to mankind. So, why hasn’t the whole world heard about kratom? Probably because, until recently, it was primarily used by remote, indigenous cultures for medicinal purposes.
Although it has a relatively unusual nomenclature, kratom is simply a leaf which grows on a tree that’s native to the Papau New Guinea/Indonesia area. Ingesting the leaves (via teas, foods, capsules, etc.) or smoking them give similar effects – something often likened to that of high-quality opium. While kratom is not considered a recreational drug, it can be used medicinally or for pleasure. In fact, there are at least 10 health benefits you should know about before dismissing this unfamiliar plant altogether.
Because of its unique chemical makeup, kratom offers a dual benefit, – mind and body. With an impressive nutrient density and a variety of alkaloid compounds found within the leaves, kratom accomplishes the following things:
- It Relieves Pain
As a powerful analgesic, kratom leaves can relieve pain fast. By directly affecting the hormonal, this miraculous plant forces the human body to release increased amounts of serotonin and dopamine – the two naturally occurring chemicals responsible for making a person feel elated. Furthermore, the density of alkaloids in kratom serves as a dulling agent to the brain’s pain receptors.
- It Strengthens Sexual Potency
Used for centuries as an organic aphrodisiac, kratom is also believed to bolster fertility. Because it helps to increase blood flood, this wonder plant’s leaves are often used as a tool to reawaken a dormant libido, not to mention it serves a stamina booster for most people. It does not, however, increase sperm count or aid women in getting pregnant.
- It Boosts the Metabolism
Kratom is good for more than just a simple pain reliever. It’s actually quite beneficial to your metabolism as well. In fact, kratom increases energy levels significantly once it takes effect. Plus, it simultaneously boosts the body’s natural metabolic, fat-burning mechanisms and impacts its hormone levels in the process. Kratom increases circulation, despite being super soothing and it helps deliver oxygen-rich blood to vital parts of the brain and body.
- It Improves Immune System Function
There have been countless studies performed on kratom leaves over the last few decades, one of which showed that the alkaloids present in the plant have an incredible effect on the strength and resilience of the body’s immunities. Especially in potent kratom leaf extracts, free radical-killing antioxidants and important antimicrobial functions take place inside the body of those who ingest it. As such, all other bodily systems are positively impacted by its use.
- It Prevents Diabetes
Diabetes is a serious disease and millions of people suffer from it. Between dietary choices and genetic makeup, preventing it can be very difficult. However, kratom has a tremendous effect on the body’s blood sugar levels, meaning it helps to regulate insulin and glucose. Balanced blood sugar levels prevent the dangerous peaks and valleys that diabetics deal with, but continually balanced blood sugar levels may actually prevent the disease altogether.
- It Eases Anxiety
While there are plenty of pharmaceuticals out there that effective treat or manage anxiety, kratom is a safe and natural alternative. Widely used by individuals who suffer from nervous system disorders, the leaves and subsequent extracts help regulate the body’s endocrine system, thereby easing the symptoms of anxiety and depression. In many cases, kratom use reduces the number or severity of mood swings as well.
- It Helps with Addiction and Withdrawal
Kratom leaves are inherently beneficial to the human body, but their wide range of positive side effects makes them quite the versatile remedy. Used commonly as a tool to ween addicts off of hard drugs, kratom provides a similar sensation to opioids without all the nasty withdrawal symptoms that usually accompany them. Those who switch to smoking or chewing kratom as opposed to taking street drugs are more likely to quit, become more physically and mentally balanced, and improve the quality of their life.
- It Regulates the Circadian Rhythms
Although kratom is known for its energy boosting properties, it helps with R&R as well. Interestingly, due to kratom’s uncanny ability to relax the mind and body, it’s an effective tool for regulating sleep patterns and harmonizing the user’s circadian rhythms. A harmonized circadian rhythm produces better cognitive function, improved mood, and better digestion – three bi-products of using kratom as a sleep aid. Unlike over-the-counter or prescription medications, this plant has minimal negative side effects and can be used by nearly any adult.
- It Reduces Stress
When you feel sexy, less anxious, healthier, and more energetic, it’s difficult to be stressed. Kratom’s unique effectiveness combination makes it ideal for regular stress management and ad hoc troubleshooting. Because it is a legal substance that can be obtained easily through a quick internet purchase, using and acquiring it is also less stressful (than street drugs or prescription medications).
- It Improves Creativity
Improved cognitive function through a more balanced circadian rhythm always leads to better ideas and more satisfying mental clarity. One of the most interesting kratom benefits is its unique effect on the human brain. With regular use and proper dosage, kratom is known to open the mind, expand the consciousness, and improve creativity.
Kratom’s Main Side Effects
While kratom is largely considered safe and is known to have very few negative side effects, a small percentage of users may experience the following:
- Hangover-like symptoms
- A headache
It’s important to note that some users reported feeling slightly dependent on kratom after extended use. Those who develop a dependency may experience the following:
- Muscle spasms
- Decreased sex drive
- Decreased appetite
- Tension and/or irritability
Kratom is technically a supplement, meaning it is not actively regulated by any U.S. government agency. Although it is closely controlled or banned in 16 countries, Americans can obtain high-quality doses of it for surprisingly affordable prices via web-based marketplaces. Of course, not all kratom is the same, so buyer beware.
How to Use Kratom to Get the Maximum Benefit
Mitragyna speciosa, a.k.a. kratom, can be used in many ways. Some people prefer to smoke kratom’s dry leaves, while others enjoy adding them to a delicious beverage or dish. In general, kratom is enjoyed in the following forms:
- As a fresh leaf
- As a dried leaf
- As a powder
- As a garnish
- As an extract
- As a capsule
Interestingly, the most popular way to use kratom and get maximum benefit is to simply chew on the fresh leaves like gum. The kratom benefits list is long, but apparently chewing on the leaves of the mitragyna speciosa makes the unique chemical makeup of the plant effect the body more quickly and intensifies the potency therein. In some parts of the world, people chew between 10 and 50 leaves each day to either increase energy levels, induce relaxation, or otherwise.
The Sum of It All
Kratom is often used as an opium alternative, hence why it’s been banned in some countries despite being indigenous to many of them. As with many things of this nature, economics and politics dictate its perceived legitimacy (or lack thereof). Fortunately, this safe, effective and natural substance is available in our part of the globe. Kratom use is only recommended, however, for those who live in a tolerant country where use, possession, and distribution are legal.