July 24, 2017

Relora now recognized in Canada as a stress reducer


Magnolia Officinalis

Touted as a breakthrough dietary supplement designed specifically for natural stress management, Relora received the go-ahead as a Natural Health Product (NHP) in Canada this past week. Relora is said to be non-sedating, safe and clinically proven to be effective against perceived stress.

California-nased Next Pharmaceuticals was issued a patent for the use of magnolia bark extracts, a key anti-stress ingredient in Relora, more than 10 years ago. The patent related to its use as a means to prevent and treat sleeplessness, restlessness and weight gain associated with stress and “metabolic syndrome”.

Health Canada has just recently issued NPN 505349 for Relora, enabling the all-natural dietary supplement to be sold throughout Canada.

Stress Reduction


Phellodendron Amurense

Relora’s ingredients, a blend of Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense bark extracts are botanicals that have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for many, many years. When compared to prescription drugs, honokiol and berberine—the active chemicals found in these plants, appear effective at calming stress and anxiety without sedative side effects.

Weight Loss

Magnolia Bark is also getting attention as a “cortisol” lowering agent. Cortisol, a powerful a stress hormone, has been associated with weight gain (particularly fat accumulation in the abdominal area). In fact, visceral fat responds particularly well to stress hormones.

When stress is perceived, the brain triggers the release of cortisol from the adrenal cortex. Cortisol’s primary function is to release energy nutrients from the cells into the blood—making energy immediately accessible for the “fight or flight” reaction.  Having the energy to fight off a tiger or run away from a threat was quite useful to our cave dwelling ancestors. Today’s stressors however are quite different. They come in a variety of forms and formats which do not always lend themselves well to expend the extra available energy by running away from, or attacking the aggressor, perceived or real.

The outcome is quite simple. If the extra energy is not burned off, it will be redirected for storage as fat. And of course the preferred location for this extra unused energy is visceral fat.

From our perspective, Relora may be a perfectly legitimate solution for many. Other solutions have also been shown to counteract the negative impact of stress and weight gain as a result of stress. They include:

  • Engaging in increasing physical activity on a regular basis. This has been shown to boost a person’s mood by altering brain chemicals. Sleep patterns also improve as a result of being active, so does body tone, body weight and self-esteem.
  • Reducing the amount of alcohol and caffeine—alcohol because it is a depressant and caffeine because it can heighten anxiety symptoms
  • Relaxing through various practices, such as yoga, meditation—whatever works for you.
  • Balancing diet to ensure that the body receives all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and recovers from stressful events. And yes, a treat once in a while can elevate one’s mood.
  • Striving to be happy—with who you are!

Next Pharmaceuticals develops innovative, natural raw materials for the dietary supplement, food and beverage industries. The company is committed to clinical research and offers high quality ingredients. So the announcement by Health Canada last week was welcome news.