Relora is an extract from the bark of phellodendron and magnolia trees. It appears to help relieve stress and minimize stress-induced eating.  Weight gain can be associated with emotional over-eating for people with stressful lifestyles. Preliminary research suggests that Relora may help regulate cortisol levels in the body that are associated with stress-related weight gain. The bark of the magnolia tree has been used in traditional Chinese herbalism for centuries for stress reduction and muscle tension.

       The result of a study completed in January, 2002 at the Living Longer clinic in Cincinnati, showed the effects of Relora on the hormones cortisol and DHEA.  High cortisol levels can increase anxiety and lead to food cravings and over eating in stressed individuals. Low DHEA can create hormonal imbalances.  Data from the study showed Relora lowered cortisol levels by 37% and increased DHEA by 227%.

       In another human trial, 8 out of 10 stressed individuals felt more relaxed, 7 out of 10 enjoyed more restful sleep, and 9 out of 10 said Relora was gentle on the stomach. Eighty-two percent of the users agreed that Relora appeared to help control irritability, emotional ups and downs, restlessness, tense muscles, poor sleep, fatigue and concentration difficulties.

       A six-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study on Relora was conducted on healthy women between the ages of 20 and 50.  This study showed Relora significantly reduced short-term anxiety compared to the placebo group. This study was conducted by the Miami Research Associates, a clinical research organization in Miami, Florida, and was published in Nutrition Journal.

       The primary benefit of using Relora rests in the control of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol has been linked to an increased risk for weight gain, and Cortisol is especially prevalent in those who are overweight or obese. Cortisol is released into the body when the body experiences stress.  Relora aims to combat stress and limit the secretion of this hormone.