For decades people have looked into alternative ways to lose weight rather than just sports and diet. And it comes as no surprise since around 40% of the total global population is either obese or overweight. These figures are even more alarming in developed countries such as the ones from Western Europe or the United States, where the total number of obese people is up to 60%. A sedentary life, combined with stress and the lack of time to cook in the house and watch out for unnecessary calories represent the main causes that not only lead to obesity but also to a large chain of health issues, from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to asthma, diabetes and cardiac problems.
And, since few people are actually committing to change their lifestyles and adopt a healthy diet and regular exercising, more people search for miraculous plants and substances that claim to reduce the fats in the body and promote healthy weight loss without too much workout.
Forskolin for weight loss represents one of these natural substances, an active compound from the roots of the Indian coleus, a plant which resembles mint. Even though its curative properties are known for centuries, only modern scientific researches managed to link the forskolin to weight loss and health benefits.
There are a few medical studies which tried to give credibility to forskolin as a weight loss suppleent and some of them found that this active substance stimulates the release of stored fat from the body, similar to when the body uses fat to release more energy (for instance when you do sports). Here is a list with potential health benefits of forskolin:
Reduces high blood pressure
As mentioned before, the curative properties of this active substance have been used in traditional medicine for centuries. One of the most common benefits of forskolin is helping reduce high blood pressure and treat some mild heart conditions. The forskolin extract is known to effectively reduce high blood pressure and stabilize normal parameters for the heart to function.
Lowers blood sugar levels
A study conducted in 2014 found out that forskolin extracts, when administrated in regular doses and over a period of time of several weeks can decrease blood’s glucose levels and oxidative stress. High glycemia is linked to diabetic and pre-diabetic patients, thus this supplement could be efficient when treating patients suffering from diabetes. However, further studies must be conducted in order to offer relevant information regarding the curative effects of forskolin in treating diabetes and its symptoms.
Aid in treating Alzheimer’s disease
A promising study published in July 2016 links the benefic effects of forskolin to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s. Constant administration of small forskolin intakes has decreased plenty negative physical components related to Alzheimer’s disease, reducing inflammatory activity. However, just like with many other studies regarding forskolin, there is still a lot of work in the field that must be undertake in order to be sure that these effects are long lasting and positive.