Relora(tm) New Natural Stress-Induced Appetite Control Ingredient To Be Distributed by Stauber

Irvine, CA, May 1st, 2002 - Next Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that Stauber Performance Ingredients, Inc., Fullerton, California, has been appointed the U.S. marketing representative for its new and exciting Relora(tm), a patent-pending anti-anxiety and stress relief ingredient proven to help stressed individuals relax and regulate the hormones associated with stress-related weight gain.

"We are very excited about this opportunity to introduce Relora TM, a safe and effective ingredient that has not only has been proven to relieve stress, but has also shown to significantly decrease Cortisol and increase DHEA in stressed individuals," says Dan Stauber, CEO of Stauber. "In light of some of the concerns now associated with other anti-anxiety formulations, coupled with its enormous potential in weight loss programs, we expect Relora(tm) applications to grow and be successful."

Relora(tm) is a proprietary blend of patent-pending plant extracts from Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense, two major botanicals used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 1500 years. Next Pharmaceuticals spent over three years developing this timely ingredient and has extensive pharmacology data, animal studies, and human trials to back its safety and efficacy. Results of Next's first human trial showed that 8 out of 10 subjects felt relaxed with Relora(tm). In a more recent study it was shown to decrease Cortisol levels by 28% in stressed individuals and increase DHEA by 300%.

"Not only is Relora(tm) an excellent way to alleviate stress, and the health risks associated with stress, but it also appears to modulate the hormones that lead to stress-induced eating and subsequent weight gain," says Walter G. Chambliss, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmaceutics, and Associate Director in the National Center for Natural Products Research, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi. Additional studies are planned for Relora.2 this year along with a national public relations program to build consumer and health professional awareness.

Stauber Performance Ingredients, Inc. is a leading distributor of ingredients to dietary supplement and food manufacturers. Next Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a research and development company focused on new, natural, patented ingredients for the dietary supplement and functional food industries.

The Relora (TM) site at has information about the product and where to find it. You can also call, Swanson Health Products at 800-437-4148.

For more information please call Stauber Performance Ingredients at 1-800-649-7246.

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