Feeling stressed lately? Take charge of your stress with Magnolia Extract!
If you’re like most of us, you have too much on your plate and are under constant pressure—at work, home and maybe even at play. When is the last time you were able to really relax without any disturbances? Modern communications via e-mail, pagers and mobile phones have made it increasingly difficult to escape for even a few hours of undisturbed peace and quiet.
You may even be one of the 50 million caregivers in this country, 80 percent of which say they have high levels of stress. According to the National Alzheimer’s Association, nearly half of this 80 percent also suffer from depression. It’s no wonder that many of these caregivers ignore their own needs and end up with a life-threatening illness themselves.
The problem is that instead of dealing with periodic episodes of stress, many of us are dealing with stress on a daily basis. And when stress becomes chronic, it is much more than an inconvenience. Every day, one million Americans are absent from work because of stress-related disorders.
Most experts agree that stress is a major factor in disorders and diseases such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis, headache, hypoglycemia, asthma, herpes, hypertension and heart disease. It’s no wonder, then, that new research suggests that chronic stress speeds up the aging process of cells.
Lead researcher Elissa Epel, a University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) psychiatrist, and her colleagues studied 39 women ages 20 to 50 who suffered chronic stress because they had been caring for a chronically ill child. The researchers studied telomeres—caps at the ends of chromosomes that naturally get shorter and shrivel as cells age and continue to divide. The scientists concluded that chronic stress appears to speed up this process.1
The Warning Signs of Stress!
- Lowered self-esteem
- Impulsive behavior, emotional instability
- Anxiety, irrational fears
- Trembling, nervous tics
- Tendency to be easily startled
- Tooth grinding
- Nervous, generally high-pitched laughter
- Stuttering and other speech difficulties
- Lower back pain, neck pain,
- chest pain
- Frequent urination
- Loss of appetite, compulsive eating
- Migraine headaches
- Increased use of prescribed drugs
- Excessive smoking
- Alcohol dependency, drug addiction
Where does stress come from?
Arguing with family, friends or co-workers, not getting enough sleep, worrying, working too hard or even playing too hard can all create stress. Weekend warriors, who try to make up for a week of inactivity by spending too many hours doing strenuous physical sports, raise their stress to unhealthy levels. Any activity that is practiced without moderation can lead to a stress response. Even a positive experience like a new job, marriage or moving into a new house can be a stress-provoking event—because stress is defined as a reaction to any stimulus that upsets our normal functioning.
Although it’s impossible to live a stress-free life—simply because stress is a fact of life—we have good news for you! Now it’s easier than ever to neutralize stress before it takes its toll with Magnolia extract—an ancient Chinese herb.
Every day, one million Americans are absent from work because of stress-related disorders.
Magnolia extract is the only natural and safe remedy in the world that relieves stress, anxiety and depression
There are lots of great herbs that have been proven to reduce stress, among other things. But nothing compares to Magnolia Extract when it comes to lowering stress response, anxiety and depression—almost immediately! And the best thing is that Magnolia Extract comes in a perfect form from nature … and doesn’t produce any side effects.
The Effects of Stress!
- Tension headache
- Excess or decreased weight
- Muscle pain, spasms
- Excessive nervous energy
- Acne, eczema
- Chronic diarrhea or constipation
- Constant fatigue
- Stomach or intestinal ulcers
- Increased cholesterol levels
- Increased blood pressure
- Tendency toward fainting or nausea
- Migraine headaches
- Increased susceptibility to infection
- Impotence, sexual difficulties
- Increased possibility of heart disease
- Frequent heartburn
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Shortness of breath
- Inability to laugh easily or openly
- Recurring feelings of hopelessness with life
How does it work?
Magnolia extract is rich in the phytochemicals honokiol and magnolol, which have numerous health benefits. One of the most impressive benefits is their ability to alleviate stress while producing a calming effect. Dozens of animal studies have shown that they act as a non-addictive, non-sedating anxiolytic (anti-anxiety and anti-stress) agent at low doses.45
That means a small dose of Magnolia extract can help calm your nerves and alleviate anxiety, without making you sleepy. The beauty about these two phytochemicals is that honokiol exerts an anti-anxiety effect, and magnolol exerts an antidepressant effect.6
When you take Magnolia extract, you’re really “killing two birds with one stone”—anxiety and depression—in order to feel better mentally and emotionally.
Honokiol relieves stress without side effects
Honokiol has a long history of use in traditional Chinese formulas that relieve anxiety without leaving you feeling like you’ve been drugged. In a recent study to determine whether honokiol depresses the central nervous system in the same way as diazepam (commonly known as Valium®), two groups of mice were treated with honokiol and diazepam before running through a maze. The honokiol group was more relaxed, and finished without any change in motor activity or muscle tone. On the other hand, the diazepam group exhibited several side effects, including sleepiness, disrupted learning and memory, muscle relaxation, and withdrawal symptoms. The results suggest that honokiol is less likely than diazepam to induce physical dependence, central nervous system depression, and amnesia when given at doses that produce an anti-anxiety effect.7
A similar test found that honokiol significantly prolonged the time the animals spent in a maze, suggesting an anti-anxiety effect. Normally, when rodents are placed in a maze, they like to hide rather than explore because they get anxious. These rodents appeared to be more relaxed, and expressed curiosity about their environment. When the animals were given honokiol in various doses over a period of seven days, the effects remained the same: there was no change in motor activity or in the animals’ performance. The animals receiving the diazepam (Valium), however, became dependent on the same dose, which hindered their performance.8
Although no studies have specifically been done to show that Magnolia extract reduces cortisol levels, it stands to reason that since so much impressive research has shown that it relieves stress, anxiety and depression, that Magnolia must also reduce cortisol—a by-product of stress.
So far, what we do know is that when compared to pharmaceutical drugs such as Valium (diazepam), honokiol appears to be just as effective in its anti-anxiety activity, but without the strong sedative effect. This makes it an amazingly safe and effective remedy to help relieve the damaging effects of stress, without the tranquilizing side effects of drugs.
Brain health benefits
Other studies have shown that magnolol and honokiol help support normal brain function and protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease by:
- Modulating the activity of various neurotransmitters and related enzymes in the brain
- Increasing choline acetyltransferase activity
- Inhibiting acetylcholinesterase
- Increasing acetylcholine release9
A small dose of Magnolia extract can help calm your nerves and alleviate anxiety, without making you sleepy
Powerful antioxidant protection
Honokiol and magnolol are both strong antioxidants, and it appears they can help protect cardiovascular health. Taiwanese researchers found that Magnolia extract is 1,000 times more potent than alpha tocopherol (vitamin E) in inhibiting lipid peroxidation, a major contributor to atherosclerosis and heart disease.12
A number of studies have shown that Magnolia extract protected mitochondria (a cell’s powerhouse) from free radical damage in the liver of laboratory animals,1314 heart,15 and brain cells.16 It was also found to be a strong candidate in the treatment of sepsis, a severe illness caused by overwhelming infection of the bloodstream by toxin-producing bacteria.17 This is especially significant because sepsis is a problem in hospitals where drug resistant organisms are prevalent.
Shows promise as an anti-cancer agent
Researchers have been interested in compounds called angiogenesis inhibitors, which inhibit the growth of cancer tumors. Over the last several years, hundreds of clinical trials have been assessing their effectiveness against various kinds of cancer. Several studies have tested Magnolia extract on human cancer cells and found that it is an angiogensis inhibitor that:
- Could potentially be an effective drug for leukemia181920
- Inhibited proliferation of human lung squamous carcinoma2122 and other tumors23
- Decreased cancer cells in human colon and liver tumors24252627
A team of scientists at Emory University School of Medicine discovered that Magnolia extract inhibited the abnormal growth of blood vessel endothelial cells in the laboratory and cut tumor growth in half in experiments in mice. Since tumors rely on a blood supply in order to grow, this substance could be an important addition to the arsenal of anti-cancer weapons.
According to the research, which was published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry online on June 19, 2003, and summarized in an article on Science Blog28, tumors can’t continue to grow past a certain size without the oxygen and nutrients that blood vessels provide. The most dangerous tumors put out signals that tell the body to grow new blood vessels toward them. Angiogenesis inhibitors stop those signals from being received.
The investigators found that honokiol reduced the abnormal growth of endothelial cells by driving them into apoptosis—a self-destruction program activated by cells when their growth signals are disrupted. In the study, honokiol reduced tumor growth by 50% in mice that were inoculated with tumor-promoting cells, over a control group of mice.
Jack Arbiser, MD, PhD, one of the researchers, and an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Emory School of Medicine, and faculty member in the Winship Cancer Institute, said, “Honokiol shows promise as a drug because in mice it appears not to be excreted or broken down by the liver too quickly.” He added, “Honokiol is easier to synthesize than other cancer drugs, and we’ve been looking into the best ways to synthesize honokiol and its derivatives in large quantities.” His team is currently collaborating with organic chemists at Emory and at the University of Georgia, and looking at pharmacological properties of molecules related to honokiol.
Nothing compares to Magnolia extract when it comes to lowering stress response, anxiety and depression—almost immediately!
In addition to all these benefits, studies have shown that Magnolia extract:
- Enhances steroid production by the adrenal cortex 29 which would make it a good supplement for counteracting adrenal fatigue
- Inhibits bacteria30 and pathogenic fungi31
- Reduces inflammation and pain32
- Protects against seizures33
- Acts as an antidote for pesticide poisoning34
- Plays a significant role in alleviating and controlling asthma35363738
How safe is Magnolia?
No significant toxicity or adverse effects have been reported to date when it is taken as directed. Amazingly small doses (30 mg) of magnolol and honokiol are effective for anxiety and depression. Large doses exceeding 100 mg may cause a sedative effect and can interact with alcohol, increasing its effects, therefore, driving or operating dangerous equipment should be avoided when taking larger doses of Magnolia extract.
Why take Magnolia extract?
If you, or someone you care about, tend to suffer from stress, anxiety, or depression, Magnolia extract may be just the thing you need to “take the edge off” and improve your quality of life … without the risk of side effects. If you’re looking for a potent, natural and safe antidepressant, antioxidant, or anticancer agent, consider adding Magnolia extract to your health regimen. Plant a tree, stop and smell the flowers … and gain a new appreciation for the Magnolia tree.
12 Stress Busters to get you through the day
We’ve all had those days where you feel like you want to run and hide. Before you cast away to a remote island, try these stress busters. Whether it is yoga, tap-dancing, walking, jogging, taking a hot shower, getting a manicure or a massage, be kind to yourself by scheduling these things into your life.
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