Forskolin is an herbal supplement that contains a chemical found in the roots of a plant that belongs to the mint family. The plant is native to the tropical regions of India, Burma, Thailand and east Africa. The plant has been in use for centuries to treat a variety of medical ailments. However, forskolin has been in the news a lot lately as an effective solution for weight loss, especially after it was featured on the 'Dr. OZ Show' on TV.
Forskolin as a Weight Loss Supplement
How does forskolin supplement cause the body to lose weight? According to researchers, forskolin works by promoting the breakdown of fats stored in human and animal fat cells. Additionally, forskolin causes the adipose or fatty tissues within the body to release fatty acids. This results in increased thermogenesis, which is a medical term for body heat generation. Increased thermogenesis, in turn boosts the body’s metabolism, which is the rate at which the body burns calories and stored fat. The end result is the loss of body fat accompanied by weight loss and increased lean body mass.
According to WebMD, Forskolin increases levels of a compound called cAMP that is beneficial for a whole range of physiological and biochemical effects, including lipolysis, which is breaking down or burning up of fat cells, lowering blood clots, increasing the relaxation of arterial walls, aiding with obesity and asthma.
It should be emphasized that forskolin is not a stimulant like many other weight loss supplements in the market today. Stimulants tend to have certain negative side effects but forskolin, thus far, has no documented adverse side effects.
Forskolin Melts Belly Fat
Belly fats are stubborn fats. They are perhaps the most difficult body fat to shed. In May 2014, Dr. Oz aired an episode entitled “Rapid Belly Melt” where he set a paper on fire, with the paper representing the stubborn belly fat. That demonstration was to illustrate how quickly and effectively forskolin melted belly fat. According to Dr. Oz, “forskolin works like a furnace inside your body.” Dr. Oz also assured the audience that forskolin burns fat but does not burn the underlying muscle tissue.
In an earlier episode of his TV show that aired in January 2014, Dr. Oz called forskolin “lightning in a bottle,” and a “miracle flower to fight fat.” A guest weight loss expert featured on the same show claimed that her clients who have been regularly taking the forskolin supplement have been losing weight at twice the rate.
Forskolin supplement has been a staple of bodybuilders for many years now for its weight loss and muscle boosting effects.
Research Study on Forskolin for Weight Loss
Summary of a study conducted at the University of Kansas: “Oral ingestion of forskolin (250 mg of 10% forskolin extract taken two times a day) for a 12-week period was shown to favorably alter body composition while concurrently increasing bone mass and serum free testosterone levels in overweight and obese men. The results indicate that forskolin is a possible therapeutic agent for the management and treatment of obesity.”
For weight loss purposes it is recommended that you take 250 mg of the dietary supplement twice a day. Make sure the supplement’s label states it contains a minimum of 10% of active forskolin. Take the first tablet or capsule before breakfast when the stomach is empty in order to activate the fat burning mechanism. Also, it is better to look for pure natural extract without any additives such as fillers and binders. As always it is better to talk to your doctor before starting a new supplement regimen.
Forskolin Side Effects:
While the average adult can take the forskolin supplement without any side effects whatsoever, people with the following condition should avoid taking this supplement:
- Forskolin lowers blood pressure. Therefore, people with hypotension or low blood pressure should not take the forskolin supplement.
- Patients with heart condition should refrain from taking forskolin supplement.
- People who are taking anti-hypertensive medications or blood-thinners should not take this medication because forskolin can intermittently act as a blood thinner.
- As with any other dietary supplements, nursing or pregnant mothers should refrain from taking the forskolin supplement.
- Even thoughthere is no evidence to indicate adverse effect on children taking this supplement, as a precautionary measure, children under the age of 18 should probably not take this supplement.
Consult with your doctor before buying and using Forskolin extract supplements.