Can Forskolin Extract Really Work for Weight Loss?
Everyone loves to know what’s moving and shaking in the online world.. that’s why you’re here at Natural News and there is one item that is blazing and buzzing as time marches forward; Pure Natural Forskolin.
This ‘lightning in a bottle’ super potent Coleus Forskohlii plant extract is creating quite the attention gaining massive momentum and recognition as being a fat burning furnace and lean muscle-building formula in all natural form… but what does the science suggest vs what the skeptical nature of supplements say?
Weight loss products seem to come and go in phases. Years ago, one phase was acai, then African Mango, then raspberry ketone, and so on. Pure Forskolin extract is currently being touted and promoted as “The next big thing” for losing weight and dieters seem to lining up to buy but have some initial skepticism about the side effects vs the health benefits.
Could forskolin extract really be a legitimate weight loss product or is it just another scam? Let’s discuss in-depth the dirty details.
What is Forskolin?
Forskolin extract comes from a flowering plant in the mint family. It has been used to treat various ailments for several centuries although it has just recently begun to be advertised for weight loss purposes.
According to supplement makers, pure coleus forskohlii acts as a natural metabolism booster and fat blocker; two things we hear advertised so much.
So does forskolin really work? Let’s look at what the medical/clinical literate has to suggest:
Much of the forskolin research we have today does not involve weight loss at all, which makes it difficult to evaluate the science and research behind forskolin.
We do have one published double-blind trial that evaluated the body composition of fifteen men for twelve weeks. According to researchers, subjects who took forskolin saw several favorable changes in body composition. This essentially means that the men taking forskolin lost body fat mass with somewhat improved lean muscle mass.
This study is great but it doesn’t instill major confidence in forskolin. Another forskolin study was conducted in rats that found that forskolin was very effective in preventing obesity in rats who were fed a high-fat diet. However, this is a study in rats not humans so it isn’t very hopeful either.
A non-weight loss related forskolin study found that men who had been given forskolin also lost a noticeable amount to rate, which was attributed to higher free testosterone levels. Bone density also increased in the subjects as well.
So What’s The Verdict? Is Forskolin Legitimate?
While the research is highly circumstantial and doesn’t deliver definitive proof about forskolin, it seems like forskolin can still help with weight loss.
It appears that the increase in free testosterone levels will certainly help men than women but forskolin also seems to appear cyclic AMP, or cAMP levels – which benefits both men and women.
Is Forskolin Safe?
Forskolin does not have the “WOW” factor of other supplements like Garcinia
cambogia or green coffee extract but it still might be a supplement worth trying. If you’re planning on taking forskolin, then you should be aware of the side effects and health risks of forskolin.
For the most part, forskolin does appear to be very safe. In the studies mentioned above, there were no major side effects or health problems in any of the subjects. In other research forskolin seems safe as well.
Like most dietary supplements, you should be careful if you’re taking prescription drugs for high cholesterol or blood pressure. Forskolin, like so many other dietary supplements, could possibly interfere with other medications. Just be careful if you’re going to take it anyways.
Pregnant or nursing mothers should also avoid taking pure natural forskolin simply because it is unknown whether or not forskolin may have any side effects. The same goes for children as well. For the average adult, there does not appear to be any huge risk though.
The Final Verdict
Forskolin may not be that weight loss miracle we’ve been waiting for but it may be something worth trying. The preliminary research is definitely there, we just need somebody to come in and definitively show forskolin works. Until then, we can only speculate and from the evidence we have, forskolin is something worth trying and hoping for the best.