Forskolin is extracted from the root of an herb known as “Coleus forskohlii.” There have been a few studies concerning testosterone levels and how Forskolin affects them, and the supplement has a long history of traditional use in herbal medicine. Forskolin is well known to increase the levels of cAMP in cells and tissue – cAMP is essentially the highway that sends signals between cells and hormones. This increase in cAMP levels increases the amount and activity of hormones all over the male body.
This study basically supports this statement, and you’re free to read it to get some more in depth and scientific background information. This is only one of a few studies, and it’s well acknowledged that more studies need to be done on forskolin and its’ effects on testosterone levels in males. However another valuable tool for evaluating this supplement based on its test-boosting effects is to have a well versed trainer use the supplement and provide feedback – and we did just that. Earlier we featured David Johnston’s report on using forskolin as a testosterone booster – but before we get into that, let’s discuss why something like this would be beneficial for men.
In men with low testosterone levels, increasing testosterone levels may provide several benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, testosterone is responsible for:
Regulation of the sex drive.
Production of red blood cells.
Maintaining facial and body hair.
Building muscle mass.
Regulating fat distribution.
Maintaining proper bone density.
If testosterone levels are low, boosting your testosterone levels with forskolin may help with the bodily functions listed above, and perhaps just as importantly, forskolin is a naturally occurring herb. Like David Said, “Forskolin comes from the Coleus plant, and is naturally occurring. It has been used as a medicinal herb for ages– often times to help with asthma– but most recently, has been seen in clinical testing to help with fat loss, and more importantly, with boosting natural testosterone levels.”
Something in that list above David Johnston likes to highlight since he is a trainer is the building of muscle mass. He notes, “What many don’t understand about exercise and building muscle– even with a perfect workout regimen, and even with a perfect diet, if your hormones are not at optimal levels (specifically here, if testosterone is too low)– then it’s going to be impossible to build muscle with any sort of consistency.”
This perfectly highlights the importance of regular testosterone levels and suggests that taking something like forskolin to supplement those levels would be beneficial for men. Like David says, you don’t want to be caught with low testosterone and waste your time in the gym. Forskolin is the insurance policy you need to make sure you get the most out of your training. As always you should always talk to your doctor before adding forskolin to your regimen.
David Johnston is a trainer with Team Warrior Within, To read his full blog post featured earlier click here.