What is forskolin and how does it work?
WHY THE MEDIA ATTENTION:
Forskolin is a weight loss and herb supplement, which has gained some attention in the market. It is alternatively marketed as Colforsin and Coleonol as well. It is an organic compound derived from the tuberous roots of Indian Coleus plant. It seems to have gained some visibility after it was featured by Dr Oz in one of his shows.
HOW DOES IT WORK:
In a 2005 study undertaken at the Department of Health and Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kansas, it was proven to highly effective for decomposing body fat, especially belly fat.
Forskolin activates enzyme adenylyl cyclase. This enzyme is involved in transmitting chemicals signals from outside of a cell, through cell membrane to the inside of a cell. Subsequent effect is increased level of chemical messenger called cyclic AMP(Adenosine monophosphate) or cAMP in short. cAMP is an important messenger in many biological processes.
It is responsible for transferring effects of hormones like adrenaline, which can not pass through the cell membranes, to inside of the cell. Subsequently, it plays a role in regulation of glycogen, sugar and lipid metabolism. It is believed, because of this activation mechanism, it might be playing a role in decreasing body fat and increasing lean bone mass.
Although fat reduction and lean bone mass increasing effects have not been studied that extensively, one of the well-observed effect of Forskolin is that as a vasodilator and bronchodilator. It has been consistently observed to reduce blood pressure. It has been observed to be effective at reducing asthma attacks.
Given this, one has to be careful, when using it as a weight loss supplement, because of you are taking blood pressure reducing medicines like calcium channel blockers or beta blockers, Forskolin will work in conjunction with those medicine and there will be additive effect of reduction in blood pressure and it could turn out to be a serious issues. Just as high blood pressure is not good, a significantly low blood pressure is not good either.
IT WORKS AS A:
- Fat burner
- Muscle builder
- Breaks down fatty tissues
Forskolin which was published in scientific journal. This study showed significant effects on overweight and obese men. It reduced body fat percentage and body fat mass. It also increased lean bone mass and serum testosterone levels in overweight and obese men. One should take notice that study was conducted only on men! Just one scientific study is definitely not sufficient enough to establish credibility of a supplement product.