Is Relacore® safe to take and is it effective?

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We have recently had several questions related to this product that includes the claim to reduce "belly fat". Our investigation into this product discovered that it was the number one selling "diet product" as of June 26, 2006. That's a lot of bottles sold! The company responsible for the marketing of this product is The Carter Reed Company, one of many companies in some way related to Basic Research of Salt Lake City, Utah.

We stumbled on a small discussion in Wikepedia (Follow the Link) about this product. It quotes Supplement Watch, with respect to its comments on one of the main ingredients, Magnolia Bark, to say:

"... a small dose of honokiol, or a magnolia bark extract standardized for honokiol content, can help to "de-stress" you without making you sleepy, while a larger dose might have the effect of knocking you out. When compared to pharmaceutical agents such as Valium (diazepam), honokiol appears to be as effective in its anti-anxiety activity, yet not nearly as powerful in its sedative ability."

The focus on the Magnolia Bark ingredient is because of the claim that Relacore reduced cortisol (a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in both men and women) which was linked to the sole occurrence of body fat in women over 30. There is no doubt that a compound with the sedative potential of diazepam, could be an effective stress reliever. Unfortunately, the link between stress relief and cortisol reduction and belly fat burning, isn't established. There is certainly a large leap of faith that would have to be made to make this mechanism work.

With this in mind, it is doubtful that Relacore can deliver on its promise to specifically burn belly fat. It may certainly have some valid pharmacological effects but not the one it promotes.

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