If you have ever wondered where Forskolin came from I have the answer for you right here.
Forskolin is the active ingredient derived from an herb called Coleus Forskohlii. But there is a lot to known about it.
Let’s look at this herb in detail.
What is Coleus Forskohlii?
Coleus Forskohlii is an herbal extract from the roots of the Coleus Forskohlii (Plectranthus Barbatus) plant.
It has a long history if use in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Ayurveda as you know the ancient medicine system of India. It has been used in herbal and traditional remedies as a cure for digestive problems and to help lower blood pressure.
It has also been used as a heart tonic. In fact the pickle made from it is said to help strengthen the heart muscles.
There are other uses for it in this system of medicine. It is also used as remedy for convulsion, spasmodic pain and painful urination.
As I mentioned earlier, the benefits come from the active ingredient Forskolin. Yes, the same Forskolin that has taken the world of weight loss by storm.
How does Coleus Forskohlii Work?
The way it works is a bit complicated but this is what it does.
It increases cAMP or cyclic adenosine monophosphate in your cells. This it does by releasing an enzyme adenylates cyclise.
This process is normally done by hormonal stimulation at the cell level. But Forskolin helps overcome this and by passes the usual process.
You might wonder what the benefit of this cAMP release is. Actually there are many benefits.
Coleus Forskohlii Benefits
- Relax the arteries
- Relax Muscles
- Lower blood pressure
- Boost insulin levels
- Improve thyroid function
- Enhance lipolysis
It is this last fat burning benefit that has got the most attention. It seems cAMP helps regulate this breaking down of fat to be burned as fuel. It is also said to prevent fat from being stored in the first place.
The most important benefit seems to be that it preserves lean muscle mass at the same time.
This effectively means you burn fat and get to keep your muscles. Meaning you get a leaner and slimmer look.
Another way Forskolin is said to be help with weight is by improving your thyroid function. This is said to help improve your metabolism and result in more burning of fat.
It also helps improve digestions. This helps you get more benefits from the food you eat and better absorption of the nutrients.
While Coleus Forskohlii root extract or Forskolin has many benefits, there is still much we need to learn about it.
It is a fairly new entry to the supplement world and hence has limited studies to its name. But the preliminary reports look good so far.