Coleus forskohlii

(Known as Forskolin, Coleus forskohlii)

tickBoosts energy
tickMuscle Builder
tickAids definition & fat loss
tickControls carbohydrate
How does it work?
Forskolin is a plant extract taken from the roots of the Coleus Forskohlii plant. It's use dates back several hundred years as a pickle or food spice in East Indian diets.
Who is it used for?
Forskolin is suitable for anyone wanting to lose weight more quickly without the use of stimulants such as ephedrine or caffeine.
How does it work?
Although the use of Forskolin as a method for promoting fat loss and gains in lean muscle has only recently been discovered, the early research is extremely promising. Not only does Forskolin speed up fat loss, it also helps to preserve (and even increase) lean muscle mass [1]. The use of Forskolin for promoting fat loss while preserving lean muscle tissue is supported by a US Patent (# 5,804,596).

In one study, six overweight women were given forskolin extract twice daily for eight weeks. Participants were asked to maintain their normal diet and physical activity levels. Results showed that test subjects lost an average of 10 pounds without making significant changes to their diet or activity levels. Unlike stimulant-based supplements such as ephedrine, Forskolin caused no noticeable changes in heart rate and blood pressure or other commonly reported side effects (dry mouth, high blood pressure and nervousness).

In a study conducted by Dr. Richard Kreider, Forskolin was also shown to prevent the loss of lean muscle tissue that normally occurs on a low-calorie diet [2]. According to Dr. Kreider, "... a thermogenic supplement containing coleus forskohlii can promote weight loss without the typical loss of muscle mass observed in weight loss studies."
How do I use it?
The studies to date show that Coleus Forskohlii extract (standardised to 20% Forskolin) is most effective at a dose of 100-150 milligrams per day.
What results can I expect?
When Coleus Forskohlii extract is combined with other nutrients (see below) you can expect to lose 1-3 pounds of fat each and every week, until you reach your target weight. Coleus Forskohlii will also prevent the loss of lean muscle that is common during periods of weight loss.
What can it be combined with?
Other non stimulant-based diet supplements, such as Guggulsterones can be combined with Forskolin to accelerate fat loss still further.

1. Seamon, K.B., Padgett, W., & Daly, J.W. (1981). Forskolin: unique diterpene activator of adenylate cyclase in membranes and in intact cells. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 78, 3363-3367
2. Kreider, R., S. Henderson, B. Magu, C. Rasmussen, S. Lancaster, C. Kerksick, P. Smith, C. Melton, P. Cowan, M. Greenwood, C. Earnest, A. Almada, & P. Milnor. (2002). Effects of coleus forskohlii supplementation on body composition and markers of health in sedentary overweight females. FASEB Journal, 16, LB59

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