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Forskolin as a fat burner? FACT OR FICTION?


Forskolin- the new “fat burner”?

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After listening to the Dr. Oz show this past week, I was intrigued by this new recommendation of Forskolin for use as a fat burner. As we age, we need every fighting chance for reduction in fat and increase in metabolism. After significant research, I have most of the facts AND the most important one including that all Forskolin products are not consdered equal. However, there IS GOOD NEWS! Happy reading….:O)

 What is Forskolin?

Forskolin (7 beta-acetoxy-8, 13-epoxy-1 alpha,6 beta,9 alpha-trihydroxy-labd-14-ene-11-one) is the main active ingredient in the Ayurvedic herb Coleus forskohlii. Coleus is a member of the mint family and grows in subtropical areas in India, Burma, and Thialand. Forskolin has been extensively researched. It has also recently gained popularity as a fat loss agent.
What application does forskolin have?
Forskolin, along with a few select others, is the standard substance used in scientific studies when a lipolytic (fat burning) agent is needed. Unfortunately, not very many clinical studies have been done on the use of forskolin as a weight loss aid, however, one  study on six individuals with 50 mg per day found significant fat loss, but these results are only suggestive at best,  since this study was funded by a company that has a patented forskolin product.  Another controlled study produced positive weight loss with similar results and that study did not have a alternative motive.
How does forskolin work?
Forskolin works by activating the enzyme adenylate cyclase. Lipolytic hormones such as epinephrine (adrenalin) activate adenylate cyclase as well, but forskolin does not have the same CNS effects, so Forskolin works by essentially bypasses the step that is associated with the unwanted side effects (nervousness, restlessness) we find with other fat loss agents that function by increasing lipolytic hormone levels. When adenylate cyclase is activated it then converts to cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). This increase in cAMP levels has many effects on the body, but the one that is of most interest for fat loss is the activation of cAMP-dependent protein kinase, which in turn activates hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL), which ultimately breaks down fat and releases it as free fatty acids in the bloodstream. This process is commonly referred to as the “cAMP cascade” or “lipolytic cascade.” On top of all this, there is an added bonus – forskolin also acts as a thyroid stimulant, most likely through a cAMP-mediated process.
 What other benefits does forskolin have?

 Many studies have shown forskolin, as well as other actives in Coleus forskohlii, support cardiovascular health.

 Are there any side effects?

There are no major side effects reported in the literature, but you should consult a doctor before using forskolin if you are being treated for any conditions listed where drug interactions may occur. Large doses of forskolin will also probably make one drowsy, as it is an antihistamine. If this becomes a problem, one can reduce dosage, take it in combination with a stimulant, and/or take it before bed.

What form of forskolin is best?

There is a wide variance among forskolin products, primarily in the amount of forskolin the extracts of C. forskohlii are standardized to. Be careful when a product says it contains 250 mg of forskolin, as that may just be 250 mg of a 2% extract. Most of the high quality extracts are 10-20% forskolin.

How should I take forskolin?

The typical dosage of forskolin is 25-60 mg per day divided between 2-3 doses, with 50-60 mg being the ideal range. Take at night since it may make you tired.
What are some good supplements to take along with forskolin?


In studies, it is usually used along with a lipolytic hormone, so it may operate synergistically with a supplement that increases lipolytic hormone levels. It has also been used in conjuction with 7-Keto, Raspberry Ketone, Saffron, and White Kidney Bean extract

There are only 7 manufactures in the USA that process the raw forskolin. For a list contact  beckylgould@gmail.com

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3 thoughts on “Forskolin as a fat burner? FACT OR FICTION?

    • Hi Sweetopiagirl! I am going to go to your site right now. Looks like we are on the same page. Thank you for your support and following..I am in with you!
      Happy Inspired Weight Loss to you :)

  1. I have heard that forskolin is good for bodybuilding do you know if there is any truth to this.

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