Relora® is an all-natural ingredient proven to help stressed individuals relax and to normalize levels of hormones associated with stress-related weight gain. The benefits of Relora for an over-weight condition called metabolic syndrome are described in a book by Dr. Jim LaValle called Cracking The Metabolic Coda (Basic Books, September 2003) and have been featured in a number of magazines, including Women's World.

Dr. LaValle describes the syndrome as a stress-related condition that is keeping as many as 47 million adults overweight and frustrated. Scientists at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other research centers have demonstrated that hormonal imbalances associated with stress and metabolic syndrome contribute to excess body fat (especially around the middle), immune dysfunction, cardiovascular disease and a number of other age-related disorders.

"Most people haven't heard of this condition," says LaValle. "They try to treat the obvious symptom--the belly fat--and ignore the other symptoms. Unless you treat the condition as a whole, it's hard to get results." For the past eight years, Dr. LaValle has specialized in the treatment of metabolic syndrome at his clinic in Cincinnati. Recently he has found that Relora has special properties that go beyond its ability to help stressed individuals relax. According to LaValle, Relora plays a key role in the reversal of metabolic syndrome. In a study at LaValle's clinic, Relora was found to normalize the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that is a key culprit in metabolic syndrome and its associated weight gain, especially around the belly.

In a human study Relora was tested and found to be a safe, effective, rapidly acting, non-sedating dietary supplement that helps control stress and its associated symptoms: irritability, emotional ups and downs, restlessness, tense muscles, poor sleep and concentration difficulties. Fifty subjects were treated with Relora for two weeks; eight out of 10 individuals felt that Relora was excellent for relaxation. Even though Relora does not cause sedation, 74 percent of the patients had more restful sleep; 94 percent of the subjects stated that Relora was gentle on the stomach.

A second human trial was conducted in Dr. LaValle's clinic to measure cortisol and DHEA levels in patients with mild to moderate stress. Elevated cortisol levels and depressed DHEA levels are associated with chronic stress. A two-week regimen of Relora caused a significant (P=0.003) increase in salivary DHEA (227 percent) and a significant (P=0.01) decrease in morning salivary cortisol levels (37 percent). Both hormones were brought into the normal range. These significant findings support Relora's ability to relieve stress and its potential role in weight control and stress-related eating and drinking behavior.

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By Robert Garrison

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