Recently I felt compelled to take a look at a products that has been around for centuries, yet didn't make it to the masses until featured on a Dr Oz's show “Rapid Belly Melt”.
The product I'm talking about is Forskolin, or Coleus forskohlii for those who prefer the Latin names, is a plant supplement that is primarily known for it's fat burning properties.
However many people overlook the other potential benefits of this supplement. In this article I will discuss several scientific studies to help you understand the benefits of this “natural wonder pill” so you can decide for you self if you should buy forskolin or not.
Study 1 – Body composition and hormonal adaptations associated with forskolin consumption in overweight and obese men.
Date of study – August 13th, 2005
Objective: To examine the impact forskolin has on body composition, testosterone, metabolic rate, and blood pressure in overweight and obese males, who's BMI is greater than 26 kg/m(2)) men.
Research Method: 30 subjects were used in this study, 15 of which were given a placebo supplement and the other 15 were given pure forskolin extract. The study was conducted for 12 weeks and the group was given 250 mg of 10% forskolin extract twice per day.
Result: Favorable changes were witnessed in the group given the pure forskolin extract. Changes such as:
- Decrease of body fat percentage
- Decrease of fat mass
- Significant increase of lean muscle mass
- Testosterone levels were increased significantly (33% up on the placebo group)
Also the study noted that:
The results indicate that forskolin is a possible therapeutic agent for the management and treatment of obesity.
Study 2 – Activation of the Human Androgen Receptor through a Protein Kinase A Signaling Pathway
Date of study – December 26th, 1995
Objective: To understand the impact forskolin has on the Human Androgen Receptor via a Protein Kinase.
Result: The researchers in this study witnessed forskolin to be a relatively potent activator of androgen receptors in various human cells.
This was likely caused by the fact that forskolin increases the levels of cAMP in the body, which then increases protein kinase A (PKA).
Protein kinase A (PKA) is an enzyme that controls many functions within the body, such as sugar and glycogen and also metabolism inside these receptors.
Ultimately what these study results tell us, is that forskolin extract not only burns fat, but is also a testosterone booster and a user of testosterone, as it goes about it's business activating the receptors that testosterone molecules bind into.
Study 3 – Forskolin and derivatives as tools for studying the role of cAMP
Date of study – January, 2012
Objective: To understand the role Forskolin plays on cAMP levels in the human body
Result: cAMP is a messenger that transports messages in the body, between cells and hormones. Having elevated levels of cAMP can only be a good thing as this signal process improves.
This study was carried out by the Institute of Pharmacy, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany