Weight/ Fat loss-- Relora A new approach to stress-related weight loss As millions of Americans deal with the adverse effects of stress, including disease, obesity and difficulties sleeping, the demand for products to alleviate stress is growing rapidly. Relora is a proprietary blend created from the plant extracts of Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense. Relora helps to control occasional mild anxiety or mild depression and the associated symptoms; helps to maintain restful sleep; and helps in relaxation. In central nervous system receptor assays, the plant extracts in Relora bind to several important target associated with anxiety. Relora does not bind to the benzodiaxepine receptors that would cause excess sedation, yet has the relaxing qualities of the benzodiaxepine class of drugs in a validated weight loss animal model.
Weight/ Fat loss This herb doesn't merely provide users with significant relaxation and more restful sleep, but also provides an all-natural alternative to losing weight. Because chronic stress can lead to cravings for high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods, stress an lead to dangerous amounts of weight gain. In fact, 60% of Americans are overweight due to stress-induced eating habits, and 20% suffer from metabolic syndrome, a stress-related condition characterized by a beer belly, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. According to an article penned by Gina L. Nick, Ph.D., N.D., executive vice president of Longevity Through Prevention, Inc., Brookfield, WI based consulting firm, "Weight gain is the most common triggering mechanism for metabolic syndrome. Once this wagon starts rolling, it becomes increasingly difficult to arrest the vicious cycle that ends in blindness, renal failure, osteoarthritis, heart attacks, stokes and premature death for a growing numbers of people."
Stress-induced Eating Until recently, the cause of stress induced eating was not known. However, Dr. Elissa Epel and colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco have demonstrated that individuals who are high reactors to the stress hormone called cortisol, consume more calories and more sweet foods under stress. The study also showed that greater food consumption occurred in high cortisol reactors when they were in a negative mood, says the site. Relora can help stressed individuals relax and normalize the hormones related to stress-induced eating. A study has shown that 80% of adults subjects felt more relaxed after taking Relora. It also has been shown in a pilot study to normalize cortisol levels in stressed individuals. Preliminary findings suggest that Relora an decrease the cravings for high-fat, high sugar foods in stressed individuals, most likely due to its ability to normalize stress hormone levels that cause these cravings. Material distributed by Emerald Labs discusses the findings of a trial completed in January 2002 at the Living Longer Institute in Cincinnati, OH. The trial studied the effects of Relora on cortisol and DHEA, two hormones related to anxiety, and at least in the case of cortisol, also related to food cravings and overeating in stressed individuals.
The Patent-pending natural plant extract lowered cortisol levels by 37% and increased DHEA by 227%. "These findings are statistically significant and support the positive results we have obtained with this ingredient over the past year," said Hames La Valle, R.Ph., N.D., C.C.N., the institute's wellness director and principal investor for the study; "More than 20% of Americans have metabolic syndrome, a type of obesity often characterized by increased abdominal and facial fat that is also associated with increased risk for heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes and cancer. This stress related condition is associated with elevated cortisol levels. The new findings with Relora are very exciting because it is the first natural product for lowering cortisol, decreasing stress and its associated increase in cortisol that has been shown to cause the excess fat deposits seen in metabolic syndrome," says La Valle. In short, suggests La Valle, in a June 18 article appearing in Woman's World magazine, Relora has the ability to reverse metabolic syndrome. "Sort of working out," he adds, "Relora is perhaps your best bet for controlling cortisol."
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