Forskolin has created a lot of ‘buzz’ in the weight loss world, thanks largely to it’s endorsement by Dr. Oz. But is there any substance to this ‘miracle’ herb, or is yet another bogus fad designed to make a quick buck at your expense? The answer appears to be a bit of both.
Listen, I have no problems with supplements, they can be super-useful additions for people who need extra nutrition or perhaps don’t have time to eat as healthily as they would like. However, it’s important to understand the context. A supplement is just that, a supplement. It’s designed to supplement an already good diet! No supplement is going to single-handedly transform your body. With that said, let’s see how forskolin’s purported fat burning effects stack up below.
What Is It & How’s it Work?
Before seeing it on Dr. Oz, I had never even heard of Forskolin, so I had to do a little research. In a nutshell, forskolin is a herbal extract produced by the Indian plant, Coleus forskohlii, which derives its effects by stimulating a messenger-molecule in the body (cyclic AMP – cAMP), to carry out a host of tasks, including the increase of a fat burning enzyme called hormone sensitive lipase.
There’s also some indication that cAMP may possess anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to stimulate the release of thyroid hormone, which is important for healthy weight management.
What’s The Evidence?
The evidence is limited, at best. Two of the only peer-reviewed studies examining forskolin’s effects on humans thrown up conflicting results. The first found a positive effect on 30 overweight men, showing a reduction in body fat as well as an increase in testosterone after an administration of 250mg (10% Coleus forskohlii) twice a day for 12 weeks.
The second study while not finding any direct effects for weight loss, did seem to help prevent weight gain among a sample size of 19 overweight women using the same dose and administration technique as the previous study.
It’s difficult to draw any type of conclusion from these studies other than the fact that they both had limitations and showed inconsistent results. Maybe forskolin helps weight loss or maybe it might reduce the rate at which people gain weight. At this point it’s an open question which needs further investigation.
What about Dr. Oz’s Claims?
While not deliberately leading people astray, I do think Dr. Oz tends to stretch the truth with carefully chosen words to give the impression that products work in spite of inconclusive evidence. Forskolin is simply the latest product the receive the ‘golden-touch’ from Dr Oz, and with the ‘clout’ behind his recommendations, it’s little wonder the product has seen and enjoyed such rapid growth.
Same Forskolin, Different Packaging
With the exposure forskolin has received, it’s no surprise that companies have been scrambling to push their own ‘unique’ brand of forskolin. Some you’ve probably comes across include Forskolin Fuel, Slim Trim 2000 and Forskolin FitPro. Don’t be fooled, the only difference is the fancy labeling.
Conclusion & Recommendations
While the limited research on forskolin is intriguing, it’s far from conclusive. While there are a few cases of anecdotal reports of users who have reported weight loss effects, these should be taken with a grain of salt. At this point the jury is still out, but if the research is anything to go by there does appear to be something to substantiate forskolin’s capacity as fat burning dietary supplement.
So, what’s the solution? Get a free bottle (seriously) and try it for yourself. If you find it to be a beneficial addition to your diet and aids in weight loss, fantastic. If not, no harm done. You can get your free trial bottle by clicking the link below. Be sure to let us know how you get on by leaving a comment below.