Is Forskolin Effective For Fat And Weight Loss
There’s a bit of a buzz at the moment around the herb coleus forskohlii, a member of the mint family. It contains a compound called forskolin, which is said to help with fat loss. But how does this work?
Forskolin activates an enzyme, adenylate cyclase, which in turn activates the lipoprotein lipase, which helps stored fat to be broken down and used as fuel for the body.
Studies have shown that in some subjects, forskolin does indeed help with fat loss – however, in other subjects, it has no discernible effect. While not causing any health problems or side effects, the use of forskolin does not seem to be a guaranteed path to weight loss.
Further clinical studies will need to be performed in order to determine the true effectiveness of the use of forskolin as a supplement, as data from just two small studies is not really indicative of anything. Comparisons would also need to be made against established supplements, such as green tea extract, in order to see if forskolin is more or less effective.
Other “miracle” fat loss products surface all the time – recently raspberry ketones have taken the spotlight. But just because something is popular or new, doesn’t make it worthwhile, useful or effective. As a disclaimer on a website selling forskolin capsules says, “This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”
As always, the best route for losing weight is to watch what you eat and to get your body moving. This does not mean counting calories and joining a gym – it just means paying attention to what you eat and your eating habits, and not sitting still all day every day.
Does the Slacker Health Club recommend forskolin? No – there is currently no proven advantage to using forskolin over eating bacon. And we’d rather be eating bacon.