I started taking magnolia bark about 6 months ago because I had trouble staying asleep. I would wake up thinking about all the things I needed to do. My NP doctor suggested I try this and I did. It has been amazing for my night time racing brain, but it also has so many other health benefits.
Magnolia extract is a medicinal compound from the bark of the magnolia tree. The extract is made with an oil infusion method that steeps crushed and scraped plant material in an oil solution. Magnolia has a long history as a traditional medicine and for its therapeutic properties. In traditional Chinese medicine, magnolia bark is called “hou po. ”
The bark contains magnolol and honokiol. Both are organic compounds that are classified as lignan – a group of polyphenols found in plants, including fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee, and red wine – among others.
In vitro and animal studies document potential success of magnolol as anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic, anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial, anti-neurodegenerative, as well as aiding in depression, diabetes, menopause, and Alzheimer disease. Magnolol may also effectively regulate pain control, hormonal signalling, gastrointestinal and uterus modulation as well as provide cardiovascular and liver protective effects.
In animal studies (further research is in process in humans), Honokiol has shown pro-apoptotic (death of a cell) effects in melanoma, sarcoma, myeloma, leukemia, bladder, lung, prostate, oral squamous cell carcinoma, and colon cancer. It has been shown to have antitumorigenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects as well. Honokiol has a therapeutic niche because of its unique characteristic of its ability to cross the blood brain barrier, as well as its high systemic bioavailability.