Make Momentous Moves with Magnolia—Health Benefits of Magnolia Bark - Ascent Nutrition

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Let it be known that the bark of the Magnolia tree, known as Magnolia officinalis, has been used throughout ancient Chinese medicine means of health support for many areas of the body.

Little is known about the possible nootropic effects; however, studies are showing promising evidence to prove positive benefits.

Join me on this deep dive into a lesser known ingredient included in our popular Nootropic Focus.

Magnolia Bark

While there are over 200 species of the Magnolia tree, the houpo magnolia in particular is regarded as the native tree used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine.

The bark of this tree has been used since 100 A.D. to support the body and nurture wellbeing.

Science is now beginning to prove what they’ve known for thousands of years in Chinese medicine practices.

Two plant polyphenols found in Magnolia Bark, known as honokiol and magnolol, are up to 1000 times more potent than Vitamin E in antioxidant level (1,2).

Honokiol and magnolol are supportive to a healthy inflammatory response as well as supporting balanced microbial levels that can benefit the whole body (1,3,4).

These compounds are responsible for the primary effects of supporting healthy stress levels by supporting healthy cortisol levels. (5).

Relaxation effects were noted with magnolol in isolation and seems to promote healthy sleep patterns.

Magnolol and honokiol help support brain cell activity by protecting them from high calcium levels and supporting healthy levels of  caspase, an enzyme that breaks down muscle-specific proteins and causes cell death.

Brain Boosting Bark?

Taking a Magnolia Bark supplement may help regulate brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels in the brain.

BDNF is an important protein that helps regulate neuroplasticity in our brains. Higher levels of BDNF are associated with better learning, memory, and elevated mood.

Recent research has found a link between low BDNF levels and low mood.

Magnolia Bark may be great for helping to support a positive mood thanks to its ability to regulate BDNF levels in the hippocampus.

Magnolia Bark helps regulate catecholaminergic activity by blocking their reuptake; thus, supporting higher levels of catecholamines in the brain.

Catecholamines are associated with motivation and executive function, and low catecholaminergic activity has been linked to low mood.

Reach New Relaxation

By working on GABA signaling in the brain, both Magnolol and Honokiol have a positive effect on modulating brain receptors involved in protecting and calming the brain.

Experiencing stress over a prolonged period of time can increase Corticosterone levels which may result in lethargy and mental fogginess.

Magnolia Bark may help regulate Corticosterone in the body to help balance healthy levels of stress. Looking for more resilience in your daily living?

Check out our Nootropic Focus product which features Magnolia bark!









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