Coleus forskohlii is an ancient Ayurvedic plant and member of the mint and lavender family, which grows in the mountains of Asia. It is now grown around the world as an ornamental plant and the root is used medicinally.
As recorded in ancient Sanskrit texts, coleus was used in Ayurvedic medicine to support cardiovascular, bronchial, intestinal and neurological systems. Recent research has shown that the active ingredient in coleus is forskolin, which may play a role in a variety of important cellular functions.
Forskolin, naturally occurs in the herbs at a rate of .03%, activates the enzyme adenylate cyclase. This enzyme is a turnkey compound that initiates a cascade of critical events within every cell of the body. Adenylate cyclase and the chemicals it activates comprise a "second messenger" system that is responsible for carrying out the complex and powerful effects of hormones in the body. Stimulation of the second messenger system by forskolin may lead to blood vessel dilation, inhibition of allergic reactions, and an increase in thyroid hormone secretion. Forskolin may possibly have other properties in regards to supporting healthy inflammation levels, as well as supporting cardiovascular health. A preliminary trial found that forskolin-reduced blood pressure and improved heart function in people with cardiomyopathy. A small double-blind trial found that inhaled forskolin may possibly decrease lung spasms in asthmatics.
One of the main advantages of using raw Coleus Forskohlii Root Powder is that the active chemical forskolin may initiate a cascade of chemical reactions that may cause fat cells to possibly release their energy and melt away. In more technical terms, what happens is forskolin may increase an enzyme called adenylate cyclase, which increases levels of another enzyme called cAMP (cyclic AMP), which is found in fat. cAMP then stimulates another enzyme, hormone sensitive lipase, to burn fat. Additionally, by a similar mechanism using cAMP, coleus increases thyroid hormone production and release, thereby increasing the body's metabolism, to burn more calories.
Basically, non-GMO forskolin initiates a similar cascade of chemical reactions as ephedrine. Where coleus differs from ephedrine is ephedrine stimulates adrenergic receptors (which is the primary mechanism for ephedrine) before it reaches cAMP. Unfortunately, many negative side effects can be experienced when some of these adrenergic receptors are stimulated, such as increased blood pressure, anxiety, etc.
To the coleus user's advantage, however, coleus bypasses the adrenergic receptors and goes straight into the cAMP cycle, which is the next step in the ephedrine fat-burning process and subsequently also bypasses all of the potential unwanted, adverse effects associated with ephedrine.
Scientists have, in fact, studied the effects of coleus for over 15 years and have found an abundance of possible benefits, including body fat reduction and lean body mass enhancement. However, scientists are only now beginning to show how these effects occur in the real world. While more research is indeed needed (as is the case for many supplements), these theories and initial clinical studies adequately support its claimed benefits. Still, there is apparently some even more exciting research on the horizon.
One of the most respected individuals in the field of sports nutrition research, Dr. Richard Kreider, conducted an interesting presentation called "Ephedra Alternatives" at Nutracon, held in March 2002 in Anaheim. Here he touched on a range of speculative but promising nutrients, one of them being coleus. Dr. Kreider stated that initial pilot studies suggest Coleus Forskohlii may promote weight and fat loss and/or mitigate (or moderate) weight gain in overweight subjects.
He also presented data at the 2002 Experimental Biology meeting of his own study on coleus. In a double-blind, randomized study, 23 overweight females supplemented their diets with a form of coleus extracted for 25 mg of forskolin two times per day for 12 weeks. The participants' body composition and body weight were examined every four weeks for the 12-week study period, and any side effects were recorded on a weekly basis. The study results found that although no significant differences were observed in caloric or macronutrient intake, Forskohlii helped mitigate gains in body mass—that is, subjects taking Forskohlii observed a slight decrease in body weight while subjects taking the placebo continued to gain weight. Additionally, the study showed users felt less fatigue, so they had more energy. And their appetites were reduced, so they felt fuller for longer. Also on the upside, there were no reported negative side effects.
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Coleus Forskohlii Root Powder may include:
● Aiding in weight reduction
● May support healthy testosterone levels
● May Improve energy levels
● May support anti-platelet action, combined with Ginger & Turmeric
● May support healthy levels of cyclic AMP (cAMP)
● Anti-glaucoma when used internally & externally
● May support healthy blood vessel dilation
● Increasing lean muscle mass
● Enhancing the ability of antibiotics to kill bacteria that normally survive
● May support the urinary tract
● May increasing bone mass
● Supporting a healthy cardiovascular system
● May Improve digestion
● Reducing spasmodic pain
● May support healthy fat-burning activity
● Increasing skin's natural resistance to burning under UV light
● May support healthy sleep habits
● Increasing metabolism
● Supporting a healthy cardiovascular system
● Supporting healthy nerve function
Suggested Use: Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons with juice, yogurt or add to your favorite smoothie.
Botanical Name: Coleus forskohlii
Other Names: Makandi, Sanskrit, Coleus, Rainbow Foliage, forskolin, Indian Coleus, Plectranthus barbatus, Maigoya, Coleus forskolin
Ingredients: Forskohlii Root Powder.
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