What is Pure Forskolin Extract?

Pure Forskolin Extract is an active compound found in the roots of the Indian coleus (Coleus forskohlii), a tropical plant related to mint.

For centuries, this plant has been used in traditional herbal medicine to treat various conditions and diseases.

Modern scientific research has now shown that some of these health benefits may be true, or at least plausible.

As a weight-loss supplement, forskolin gained popularity in the US after being featured on the Dr. Oz Show in January 2014.

How Does Pure Forskolin Extract Help With Weight Loss?

Many studies have investigated the effects of forskolin on fat metabolism.

Most of them are test-tube experiments or animal studies, so the result may not be applicable to humans.

Put simply, forskolin stimulates the release of stored fat from fat cells. The same thing happens whenever the body needs to use body fat for energy.

On its own, the release of stored fat is not enough to promote weight loss – it needs to be accompanied by a calorie deficit.

In other words, for weight loss to happen, energy expenditure (calories out) must exceed energy intake (calories in).

Weight loss supplements can support a calorie deficit by:

  • Suppressing appetite.
  • Reducing efficiency of digestion.
  • Increasing metabolic rate (fat burning).

As far as we know, forskolin does not cause any of these things to happen.

However, clinical trials in humans have provided some promising results. It appears that forskolin may promote fat loss while preserving muscle mass

Benefits of Pure Forskolin Extract

The Indian coleus plant (which contains Forskolin) has been a part of traditional herbal medicine for centuries.

It has been used to treat conditions such as heart disease, asthma, bronchitis and constipation.

In humans, forskolin supplements may also:

  • Widen the air passages in the lungs, helping to relieve asthma.
  • Increase bone mineral density, lowering the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Stimulate testosterone formation, promoting the maintenance of muscle mass.