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Relacore uses are purportedly for reducing stress and lowering the level of cortisol (a stress hormone) in order to help people lose weight. However, no reliable studies have proven this. Some evidence suggests that magnolia bark (one of the ingredients) may reduce anxiety, but this does not mean that it causes weight loss or lowers cortisol levels. Relacore is not used for children.

Relacore Uses: An Overview

Relacore® is a supplement that claims to promote weight loss by reducing stress and lowering cortisol levels.
With obesity on the rise (see Obesity Statistics), many people are searching for "quick fixes" for weight loss. Although the ideal weight loss plans focus on gradual weight loss by eating a healthy diet and increasing physical activity (see How to Lose Weight), many people have difficulty following such plans or feel they need extra assistance in their efforts. Before turning to drastic measures, such as weight loss surgery, many people consider using weight loss pills, especially if they have unsuccessfully tried to control their obesity and exercise and diet have been ineffective.

How Does Relacore Work?

Relacore products claim to cause significant weight loss (especially loss of belly fat) by reducing the level of cortisol (a "stress hormone"). However, no reliable studies have shown that Relacore actually reduces cortisol. In particular, it is often claimed that magnolia bark reduces cortisol levels, although research has shown that magnolia bark has no effect on either cortisol or weight loss. In fact, magnolia bark may actually increase the levels of corticosterone, a hormone similar to cortisol. There is a little evidence to suggest that magnolia bark may reduce anxiety, but this does not mean that it causes weight loss or lowers cortisol levels.
In the past, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have ordered supplement manufacturers to stop making "false and unsubstantiated" claims about weight loss supplements that supposedly lower cortisol levels. It is likely that similar actions will be taken against the makers of Relacore.
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