Another new product on the market that warrants attention is a blend of patent-pending extracts from Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense. Sounds like two of the plants you'd find growing in a southern Georgia '70s-style cafe. This formula is sold as Relora.
Relora is one of those very well studied herbal blends that is close to being a prescription medicine but hasn't crossed that very fine line. The use of it is fairly sophisticated as it isn't exactly a weight loss product, nor is it exactly an anxiety reducer. Rather it is a blend of the two. So the best use is for someone who wishes to lose weight effectively and who lives a fairly stressful life. In this group, science has found excellent results. The published study states, "Relora helps control occasional mild anxiety or mild depression with symptoms of irritability, emotional ups and downs, restlessness, tense muscles, poor sleep and concentration difficulties. This was published in the Psychopharmacology Journal (2001) 153:219-234.
An interesting note on the science is that more than 20 percent of adults have an obesity-like condition characterized by an excessive amount of abdominal fat. This is often related to stress-induced hormone imbalances, namely cortisol and DHEA. Relora can normalize cortisol and DHEA levels, induce relaxation and act as an aid in controlling weight and stress related eating or drinking. Here in Arkansas we have a great deal of adult onset diabetes and the condition, which comes before it called hyperinsulenemia (pre-diabetes). Mostly this is diet related though medical management is sometimes required. What we eat is often too fatty and too processed. Folks, this kind of food is called "comfort food." We eat it when we feel stressed to have a moment of enjoyable distraction. Perfectly human, but not good for us if we are becoming thick around the middle.
An extensive literature review of chemical constituents along with the plant's use for hundreds of years indicates a safe product. If you gain weight or are overweight from eating comfort foods or if you suffer from any of the symptoms listed then three capsules of Relora each day may make a world of difference for you, especially with the holidays coming up.