Mind Blowing Benefits Of Magnolia Bark
Magnolia bark is actually a traditional Chinese medicine that has been in use since 100 A.D.for the body’s well being and for the treatment of several kinds of ailments.
Mangnolia bark has been used to treat the following:
The bark is added to formulas for treatment of asthma and cough. Even the flower buds of Magnolia tree are used for treating ailments.
Japanese scientists have found out that there are two chemicals present in Magnolis bark namely “honokiol” and “magnolol”. These two chemicals are 1000 times more potent in antioxidant activity when compared to vitamin E. The two active compounds provide anti-stress and cortisol (stress hormone) balancing benefits. Animal studies indicate that honokiol acts as an anti-stress agent when taken at lower doses. Magnolol isolated from the plant is known to posses anti-allergic and anti-asthmatic properties.
Magnolia Bark is getting a lot of importance because of its ability the lower the stress hormone ‘cortisol’. It is being used as a supplement for that purpose. Cortisol is linked with weight gain (that too with fat in the abdominal area), sugar control problems, memory issues and other stress related disorders.
Honokiol has been compared to diazepam (valium), which is a well known pharmaceutical drug for anxiety. It was found that honokiol is 5 times stronger than diazepam in reducing anxiety and that too without the side-effects diazepam. While diazepam helps in reducing anxiety, it induces muscle relaxation as a side-effect. This is not the case with honokiol. Honokiol seems to be less likely to induce the other unwanted effects that are associated with diazepam. This is so because the mechanism of reducing anxiety of honokiol is partially different from that of diazepam.
Magnolia seems to be powerful enough to provide benefits to the victims of Alzheimer’s disease. In lab studies, it has been found that the two compounds present in Magnolia – honokiol and magnolol exhibit promising results when we talk of Alzheimer’s. Enhanced brain cell growth and a reduction of brain cell death were seen in the studies.
Magnolol has been found to suppress inflammation in the body by supporting the body’s natural adrenal steroids production. The anti-inflammatory effect of magnolol is known to be helpful in alleviating the allergic inflammatory response in the case of asthma. Increase in the adrenal steroids i.e, corticosteroids can be a cause of concern for those who want to use magnolia as a weight loss product. But in a patented product this effect is reversed by adding another herb Phellodendron, resulting in a reduction in corticosteroid which directly means that there would be a reduction in cortisol induced food cravings.
Few words of caution
When taken in recommended doses, magnolia is considered to be safe. However, mothers-to-be shouldn’t be using it. It is also not recommended for those who suffer from dehydration. Safety of magnolia in lactating mothers or those with liver or kidney disease is also not known. It is toxic to infants and small children even when used as recommended. Consuming large doses or the recommended dosage of magnolia can cause vertigo.
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