Relora is a commercially manufactured supplement marketed as a weight loss aid and stress-relieving supplement. Relora contains two herbal extracts: Phellodendron amurense and Magnolia officinalis, which are marketed to decrease stress and normalize stress hormones. The magnolia herbal extracts in Relora may also act as antioxidants in your body. Talk to your doctor before using Relora as a weight loss supplement to make sure it is safe for you.
Stress and Weight Loss
According to a 2006 study published in the journal "Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine," a blend of the two Chinese herbs found in Relora may benefit obese individuals who eat in response to stress. The researchers found that by taking Magnolia and Phellodendron extract, you can decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can help maintain body weight and decrease preceived stress.
In addition to the stress-relieving and weight management effects of Phellodendron, this herbal compound can also have cardiovascular benefits, according to a 2008 study published in "Nutrition Journal." In that study, researchers found that Phellodendron supplementation can reduce some of the markers of cardiovascular disease, including lipid and fasting glucose levels. The participants used 370mg of Phellodendron twice daily for eight weeks without exhibiting any significant side effects.
The Magnolia officinalis herb in Relora has pharmacological qualities. According to a 1994 study published in the journal "Biochemical Pharmacology," Magnolia officinalis contains the antioxidants magnolol and honokiol, which help scavenge toxins called free radicals, thereby protecting your body from disease-causing toxins. The researchers suggest that both magnolol and honokiol from Magnolia herbal extract is 1,000 times more potent than alpha tocopherol, also called vitamin E.
According to the book "The Hormone Makeover," Relora supplementation has not been shown to cause significant side effects. The most commonly reported side of Relora supplementation are initial drowsiness and transient, mild stomach pain. Relora should not be used by adolescents and children, if you are nursing or pregnant or if you plan to drive or operate heavy machinery, according to "Cracking the Metabolic Code."
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- "Nutrition Journal"; Phellodendron and Citrus Extracts Benefit Cardiovascular Health in Osteoarthritis Patients: A Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Pilot Study; J. Oben et al.; 2008
- "Biochemical Pharmacology"; Magnolol and Honokiol Isolated From Magnolia Officinalis Protect Rat Heart Mitochondria Against Lipid Peroxidation; L.C. Lo et al.; 1994
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- "The Hormone Makeover"; Donna White; 2010