Relora is a dietary supplement marketed as a weight loss aid. It is the name for a “patented blend of plant extracts” manufactured by Next Pharmaceuticals. Today we’ll look at this supplement and ask for reviews from our readers.
What is Relora?
Relora is the name for a dietary supplement produced by Next Pharmaceuticals which was introduced back in 2000. A liquid form of the supplement was introduced in 2011. Relora can be found in dietary supplements sold by a variety of companies. You can find the manufacturer’s info on the product at Relora.com website. It is claimed to work by alleviating stress and therefore reduces stress-related eating.
Ingredients of Relora
Relora is a blend of Magnolia officinalis bark extract and Phellodendron amurense bark extract. It can be found as an ingredient in other dietary supplements, or sold as a stand-alone product.
- Livestrong claims that the most common side effects include drowsiness and mild hypotension.
- WebMD states Magnolia should not be taken at least 2 weeks prior to surgery, and states that its safety has not been studied beyond 6 weeks of use. Phellodendron is listed as unsafe for newborn infants and should not be used during pregnancy.
Both Livestrong and WebMD listed rare/possible side effects experienced by a single participant from one study. Those included heartburn, shaky hands, sexual disfunction, and thyroid dysfunction.
There have been anecdotal reports on the internet of headache, skin rash, anxiety, loss of concentration, and nausea.
How much should I take?
Relora is usually sold in doses of about 200 to 300mg. A common dose appears to be one 250mg three times a day.
- This 2001 study concluded that Relora, “may be useful in modulating anxiety states.”
- A 2008 double-blind study concluded that “Relora may offer some relief for premenopausal women experiencing mild transitory anxiety. There were no safety concerns or significant adverse events observed in this study.”
Dr. Oz increased awareness of Relora when he touted it as one of his “Best Belly-Blasting Supplements” in February 2012. Here is what Dr. Oz stated about Relora:
When you’re under stress, your body releases the hormone cortisol, which makes your body store fat around your midsection. If you tend to gain weight when you’re stressed out, this supplement can help you tackle stubborn belly fat. Relora is supplement made from the extracts of two plants used for thousands of years by Chinese herbalists to promote relaxation. Clinical studies have shown that Relora can help mitigate feelings of anxiety. Decreased levels of cortisol can lead to the prevention of weight gain, the loss of excess weight, and the reduction of stress eating.
It should be noted that despite the “belly-blasting” description, the manufacturer of Relora does not claim that it actually targets belly fat. You should also be aware that Dr. Oz’ name is often used by spammers to sell supplements by fly-by-night websites. For this reason, you should stick with trusted retailers.
There are several products available which contain Relora. For this reason, you should be able to shop around and find it at a relatively inexpensive cost. We’ve seen prices range from $10 to $70, depending on the dose and pill count. If you buy online, be sure to go through a trusted retailers, as there are online stores which will sign you up for auto-ship programs through trial offers.
Also be aware that there is a similar product called Relacore, which has similar ingredients and is also marketed as a stress-relieving weight-loss supplement. While they are similar, they are not exactly the same.
It does seem that Relora may work for some people, but it also does appear that it isn’t for everyone.
Have you tried Relora? Please share your experience in the comments below.