Relacore Review : Does it Work?

October 2nd, 2007 by Paul Johnson

The last 3 years, there has been a lot of T.V commercials for cortisol blocker supplements. One of the more recent ones is now Relacore being advertised on TV. Relacore is marketed as a cortisol blocker that helps aid in fat loss, especially in the belly. Bodybuilders know that cortisol can effect their gains negatively. They also aren’t likely to fall for any hyped pill on a T.V ad either. But does this supplement actually work as claimed and could bodybuilders benefit from it also?

What is Relacore?

Relacore contains a few herbs, but the main ingredient of Relacore and the one that may actually help reduce cortisol, is the Magnolia bark. Magnolia is a sedative anti-anxiety herb. You may be wondering what a herb like this has to do with cortisol. People with long term stress are known to have higher body levels of cortisol. So in theory, lowering their stress with this herb, may lower cortisol levels.

About Magnolia Bark:

Magnolia bark has been used for centuries as a medicine for a variety of mental and physical conditions. Using Magnolia bark has been found in multiple studies to have strong anti-anxiety and to a lesser extent, depressant (sedative) effects on the nervous system.

What does this mean for bodybuilders?

For Relacore to work, you would have to be a chronically stressed out or depressed person. If this is you, then I think Relacore would be very beneficial for the mood enhancement and indirect cortisol reducing effects, otherwise it's probably a waste of money. The fact that magnolia bark also seems to have heavy drug effects, mainly at high dosages, leads me to believe this supplement may also lead to abuse and addiction if your not careful. The price of Relacore is not bad, $30+ for 90 capsules. It is a better alternative than kava kava (a mood enahncer), since kava kava is very hard on the liver and Magnolia bark seems to be more potent.

  1. Daniel on April 28th, 2009

    I used Relacore while cutting and it seemed to help me better than when I just cut without any supplements. I didn’t use any other fat burners either. I do have a stressful job and schedule, so like you mention, that may be why it helped.