Extract of magnolia officinalis has been part of the Chinese pharmacopoeia for 2000 years. It is only recently, however, that studies have highlighted the amazing health benefits of two of Magnolia's constituents, honokiol and magnolol:
¤ they reduce anxiety and stress without causing drowsiness. Honokiol has an anti-anxiety effect which is complemented by the anti-depressant effect of magnolol. In one animal study, honokiol showed a similar level of efficacy to diazepam (a well-known anti-anxiety drug), but without the sedative and habit-forming side effects of the drug;
¤ magnolol and honokiol have a beneficial effect on the activity of several neurotransmitters and help normalize and protect cerebral function;
¤ honokiol and magnolol are both powerful antioxidants (in vitro, up to 1000 times more potent than alpha tocopherol at inhibiting lipid peroxidation). Other studies on laboratory animals show that they protect against free radical damage to mitochondria in the liver, heart and brain;
¤ studies variously show that magnolia extract inhibits proliferation of several types of cancerous cell, that it may be an effective palliative treatment for leukaemia and that it also has significant anti-angiogenic activity, helping to cut off blood supply to tumours;
¤ other research demonstrates Magnolia extract's efficacy in a range of disorders such as common, hospital-transmitted septic infections, treatment of inflammation and pain, prevention and control of asthma, fungal and bacterial growth;
¤ Magnolia extract is a relatively inexpensive phytonutrient which has been used safely for two thousand years in traditional Chinese medicine. Recent studies confirm its efficacy in a remarkably wide range of disorders. We have chosen a product which is standardized to contain 90% honokiol and magnoliol in order to guarantee a high content of active principles.
Take between one and three vegetarian capsules a day, at mealtimes.