Forskolin is a chemical extract found mainly in the root of a perennial plant called Plectranthus barbatus. The plant belongs to the mint family which mainly found in the tropical and sub-tropical parts of the world like India, Nepal and Thailand and East Africa. It is a natural supplement and is the most active compound of the diterpenoids in the P. Barbatus plant.
What can it be used for?
The supplement has been in existence for a very long time and has been used by the people who existed then to treat so many kinds if ailments. Only until recently was it used differently that is, forskolin for weight loss. However, some people have used it to treat cases of asthma since it was believed that it could boost the levels of cyclic AMP compound like other asthma medications thereby relaxing the muscles around the bronchial tube making breathing easier. It has also been used to try on glaucoma since it relieves the pressure around the eyes. Also patients with idiopathic congestive cardiomyopathy have been administered some doses of forskolin and it was found to improve heart function.
Any proof for weight loss?
Among the many reasons why this supplement is taken, is for weight loss. There have been many studies which involved forskolin for weight loss although there are no clinical backups to its effectiveness. However, in a small study, overweight and obese men were subjected to 250 milligrams of 10 % forskolin extract twice daily for 12 weeks. It was found that they lost body fat and testosterone levels increased more than those subjected to placebo. Subjectively, the supplement is effective for weight loss.