Relora® is a brand-name dietary supplement believed to be beneficial for relieving stress and anxiety. It is made from extracts of Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense. Next Pharmaceuticals makes this stress-management supplement, which has been available on the open market since 2000. It is believed to regulate the production of the hormones cortisol and DHEA. These hormones, which are produced by the adrenal gland, are considered responsible for feelings of stress and anxiety.
Phellodendron amurense and Magnolia officinalis are two plants that have long been believed to balance mood and promote relaxation. Chinese herbalists have traditionally used these plants for both relaxation and mood enhancement. They can also help relieve the symptoms of insomnia due to stress. Extracts from these plants are used to make the active ingredients in Relora®.
The phytochemicals in Relora® most likely act on the central nervous system. They are believed to bind to the neuroreceptors linked to stress. When this binding takes place in the brain, it may help to normalize brain levels of the stress-causing hormones DHEA and cortisol. Because Relora® is not considered to have a sedative effect, it can promote relaxation without causing drowsiness.
The benefits of Relora® can include lowered irritability and tension. It may help to normalize the mood swings that can occur with stress, and it may help improve concentration. The suplement may also help users lose weight, as the stress hormone cortisol is believed to be linked to stress-relating eating behaviors and the accumulation of body fat around the abdomen. Because Relora® helps to relieve stress, it can also treat the sleeplessness caused by stress.
Studies into Relora's® effectiveness seem to indicate that it is generally effective at relieving stress-related symptoms, including stress-related eating behaviors. Those who wish to use it as a weight-loss aid are generally advised to combine the supplement with a healthy diet and an appropriate exercise program.
Though Relora® is considered a dietary supplement, it can sometimes cause unpleasant side effects. These may include headaches, nausea, dry mouth, and drowsiness. Some people may have an allergic reaction to it.
Those who are taking other over-the-counter or prescription dietary supplements or drugs are generally advised to consult a medical professional before using Relora®. It may not be appropriate for those who suffer from anxiety caused by a mood disorder. The supplement may not be safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.