September 23rd, 2007 by Paul Johnson

Forskolin is now commonly stacked in many fat loss supplements.Is there any scientific evidence to support that forskolin works for fat loss?

About forskolin:

Forskolin is the name of the active ingredient derived from the Coleus forskohlii plant. It has been used for centuries as a herbal medicine for treating many different diseases.

Research studies on Forskolin:

There is many studies supporting forskolin as a fat loss agent. One study published in Obes Res. 2005 Aug;13(8):1335-43 was done for 12 weeks on obese men, 15 taking forskolin and 15 placebo. Results of the study showed 250 mg of 10% forskolin extract twice a day had a larger increase in lean mass, reduce fat,s erum free testosterone levels, and bone density, compared to control.

Studies have also been able to find the exact role of forskolin in burning fat. Forskolin's fat burning properties, are the result of it's action on cAMP.

What is cAMP? It stands for cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP.). It is an important compound that plays a role in dozens of basic cellular functions and signal pathways in the cell. Increasing cAMP, causes an increase in thyroid, insulin secretion, and fat burning. Forskolin apperas to have more action on the body then just with cAMP too.

Other benefits to forskolin:

Forskolin increases in cAMP cause the relaxation of the smooth muscles. This is probably why forskolin is showing benefit for the following conditions; high blood pressure, angina, cramping, digestive problems, and asthma.