Despite its lively and bright appearance, the flower contains apigenin, a strong antioxidant that moonlights as a mild sedative with virtually no side effects, which may help battle insomnia and improve the quality of sleep. While good rest can provide better health outcomes all on its own, the herbal preparation may also potentially boost wellness through other mechanisms. Anecdotal reports as well as small scale animal model studies appear to demonstrate chamomile’s ability to lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure in the cardiovascular system, reduce inflammation in the pancreas, stabilizing blood sugar levels, and in the stomach lining, enhancing digestion and preventing gastrointestinal injuries. Apigenine, along with other flavons and antioxidants found in the plant, has exhibited anti-carcinogenic properties in in-vitro studies. Although much larger longitudinal well-controlled in-vivo studies are required to prove anything conclusively, its use for thyroid cancer prophylaxis has some support from retrospective human research. The active ingredients share a metabolic pathway with Kratom’s Mitrogynine in the liver and may aid its bioavailability, which can in turn potentiate its effects. Use caution: inhibition of liver enzymes can also increase the risk of Kratom’s potential hepatotoxicity. DO NOT USE for potentiation if recovering from an opioid dependency, or suffering from cirrhosis!
Where Wild Kratom Comes From
A kratom tree takes on average 7-10 years to produce the most mature and rich-in-alkaloid leaves. There are still active alkaloids in the leaves before this time period however to a lesser extent. What differentiates wild kratom to farmed kratom, (harvested from a kratom plantation) is the consistency of it’s alkaloid makeup.