Also known as Indian coleonol or coleus forskohlii, Forskolin is a perennial herb found in a large genus of mints (mostly Plectranthus Barbatus/Lamiaceae plant). The plant that produces it is native to tropical and subtropical regions of East Africa and India.
General Uses of Forskolin
Although claims have been made of Forskolin having some weight loss properties, no medical research has been done to prove this. Generally, derivatives of this plant have been developed for use in blood vessel and heart conditions and cancers. There are limited clinical studies of using the inhaled or oral form with asthma patients. This herb is said to be endowed with diverse pharmacological, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial benefits.
Traditional Application of Forskolin
Many traditional medical systems incorporated the use of this plant in treatment of:
- Infections like ringworms and syphilis
- As an oral contraceptive
- To induce menstruation
- In conditions like rheumatism and neck stiffness
- Treatment of digestive disorders like intestinal and gastric spasms, stomachache, nausea and as a purgative
- Treatment of allergies, insect bites and skin burns
Truth Behind The Many Uses Of Forskolin
To begin with, Forskolin is famous for being a natural controller, regulator and activator of adenylate cyclase; an enzyme associated with multiple beneficial lipid metabolism and glycogen functions. This enzyme is responsible for stimulation and production of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and consequently adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
It is actually this ATP that’s responsible for properties such as reduced blood pressure and inflammation, preventing platelet aggregation, positive in tropical action in the heart, lung health or bronchodilation, and anti-glaucoma.
Why has Forskolin Suddenly Become so Famous?
Forskolin gained its ‘world recognition’ after its 5 minutes and 33 seconds of fame on Dr. Oz show that marketed it as being a ‘rapid belly melt’. These claims can be proved from the fact that this herb is capable of activating cellular adenylate cyclase which consequently stimulates fat burning mechanism activation hormones.… Continue Reading