Weight loss, anxiety, stress, and insomnia: it’s apparent just by the abundance of television commercials sponsored by drug companies that these health issues are plaguing individuals across the country. But what if there were a chemical-free alternative to those drugs — a combination of natural plant extracts that could help solve all of these health problems? There is a promising new over-the-counter supplement, and it may be just that natural alternative: an FDA-approved plant blend called Relora.
What Is Relora?
Relora is a proprietary blend of two plant extracts — Phellodendron Amurense and Magnolia Officinalis (used by traditional Chinese herbalists for centuries). It was developed to help with relaxation, elevating moods, and normalizing the adrenal hormones related to stress-induced eating. And, although it is considered non-sedating, it has been shown to help with insomnia as well.
The plant extracts in Relora work in the central nervous system, by binding to stress receptors associated with anxiety. It steers clear of receptors linked to sedation, so it promotes relaxation without causing daytime drowsiness. Relora helps normalize the adrenal hormones DHEA and cortisol, which are critical to effective stress management.
Stress and Anxiety
There are an estimated 50 million Americans suffering from stress and anxiety. In addition to preventing us from fully enjoying our lives, stress can be the cause of emotional and even physical problems. Clinical studies performed at the Living Longer Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio showed promising results in treating stress with Relora.
Of the 345 female subjects who followed a two-week regimen in the study, 89 percent reported that Relora helped them to relax. Studies carried out at the University of Mississippi found that 78 percent of subjects reported an increase in relaxation and feelings of well-being. Relora has been shown to help stress-related symptoms such as irritability, restlessness, tense muscles, difficulty concentrating, and emotional mood swings.
Clinical studies were also carried out to determine Relora’s effect on weight loss efforts. After two weeks of supplemental Relora, 78 percent of the test subjects found that it helped prevent stress-related eating. A subsequent study evaluated the effect of Relora on eating habits of subjects who regularly snacked on sweet or salty foods when they felt stressed. Relora curbed sweet-snacking by 75 percent, and salty-snacking by 50 percent.
This may be explained by studies which found that a two week regimen of Relora significantly increased DHEA and lowered cortisol in stressed-out test subjects, returning their levels of these hormones to normal. (Studies have shown a clear link between cortisol and weight gain. Excess stress can lead to high levels of cortisol, which in turn stimulates appetite.) Adding a supplemental regimen of Relora to a healthy diet and exercise program could make shedding unwanted pounds much easier.
Another finding of the clinical trials was that Relora seems to improve sleep, while it does not cause daytime drowsiness in most individuals. More restful sleep was reported by 74 percent of test subjects in clinical trials.
Safety and Precautions
Studies have shown Relora to be very safe, however, it is always best to consult with your physician before beginning any new supplement. Until specific studies rule out any possible safety issues for pregnant or breastfeeding women, Relora is not recommended for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to become pregnant. Relora is gentle on the stomach, and has no known drug interactions. Though, it is best to avoid alcohol and caffeine, as they can intensify or counteract the calming effects of Relora.
The recommended dosage for Relora is 750mg total per day, divided into two or three doses. It is best to take Relora with food, as well. The relaxing effects should be felt within a few hours, although some individuals may not feel the effects for a few days.
Relora can be purchased at many natural health food markets, as well as many online stores. There are also different blends available, which include a mix of Relora and other medicinal herbs. Shop around to find the best price and the best product for your particular needs.