Relora® Reduces Sweet Snacking in Stressed Individuals

Irvine, CA, October 21, 2002 – The new, all natural stress management ingredient Relora has additional benefits according to a new study conducted by the Target Research Group, Nanuet New York. People that eat sweets such as ice cream, cake, pie, or cookies in stressful conditions may be able to cut such snacking by up to 76% according to the new study sponsored by Next Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the research and development company behind Relora. The study also confirmed earlier findings that stressed individuals feel more relaxed when taking Relora.

“Relora appears to work with the body’s natural chemistry to maintain normal levels of stress hormones,” says Dr. James LaValle, author, integrative medicine practitioner and Director of the Living Longer Clinic in Cincinnati. Dr. LaValle has been using Relora at the Living Longer Clinic for over a year. “Not only do these stress hormones affect emotional well-being, they have a major impact on appetite and how the body stores and metabolizes fat. By working to re-establish a stable balance of these hormones Relora appears to help the stress/weight cycle in individuals that eat excessive sweets when under stress.”

“Our goal in developing Relora was to offer people that suffer from excessive stress a safe and effective natural supplement that can be used as needed to help manage stressful situations,” says Charles Kosmont, CEO of Next Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “These new findings for Relora underscore the broad health benefits it can bring to stressed individuals that are willing to address the seriousness of uncontrolled stress in their lives. Not only does Relora help people manage the stress in their lives, it now appears that it may also help them improve their diet and perhaps reduce the risks associated with being overweight.”

Relora contains two patent-pending proprietary plant extracts, one from Magnolia officinalis and the other from Phellodendron amurense. Next Pharmaceuticals, Inc. developed Relora over a three-year period of screening fractions from plants around the world, conducting pharmacology and toxicology studies, and running human trials. In initial human trials 8 out of 10 stressed individuals felt more relaxed, 7 out of 10 enjoyed more restful sleep, and 9 out of 10 said it was gentle on the stomach.

The new findings not only support Next’s earlier studies demonstrating that the patent-pending plant extracts in Relora provide significant relaxation and more restful sleep in stressed individuals, but that Relora also provides new hope for the large population with weight problems that are often stress-related.

Relora has also been shown clinically to normalize the hormone levels associated with stress-induced obesity. This earlier study was completed in January 2002 at the Living Longer clinic in Cincinnati. This pilot study with stressed individuals evaluated the effects of Relora on cortisol and DHEA, two hormones related to stress, and at least in the case of cortisol, also related to food cravings and over eating in stressed individuals. Relora lowered cortisol levels by 37% and increased DHEA by 227% bringing both hormones into the normal range. “These findings were statistically significant and support the positive results we have obtained with this ingredient over the past year,” said Dr. James LaValle, principal investigator for this study. “More than 20 percent of American adults 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. The new findings with Relora are very exciting because it is the first natural product for decreasing stress and lowering cortisol, the hormone that has been shown to cause the excess fat deposits seen in metabolic syndrome,” says LaValle.

“Additional studies are planned to continue supporting the role of Relora as a valuable dietary supplement and beverage or bar ingredient for stress management,” says Charles Kosmont, CEO of Next. “In addition, we have a major public relations campaign underway to build consumer and health professional awareness of this new and exciting health enhancing ingredient.”

Relora is distributed to manufacturers by Stauber Performance Ingredients, Fullerton California. For more information on Relora and a list of brands carrying Relora visit

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