Forskolin – First off, what is it?
Forskolin is a labdane diterpenoid with antihypertensive, positive inotropic, and platelet aggregation inhibitory properties. It means Forskolin is naturally produced by a living organism, the Coleus forskohlii herb to be exact. And it is used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), can improve the heart’s natural ability to contract, and can help control blood clots. Additionally, testing has shown Forskolin may result in the increase of testosterone.
In men with low testosterone levels, increasing testosterone levels may provide several benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, testosterone is responsible for:
- Sperm production.
- Regulation of the sex drive.
- Production of red blood cells.
- Maintaining facial and body hair.
- Building muscle mass.
- 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 ABN trainer David Johnston says, “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.”
Lately however, so many websites and online stores are promoting Forskolin as a fat burner, which simply is not the case. A popular TV personality, Dr. Oz, called it “lightning in a bottle” in terms of weight loss. There have been a few studies regarding the weight loss capabilities of forskolin, and in the prominent study claiming weight loss results, they say “After 12 weeks, men taking Forskolin lost more body fat and had a greater increase in testosterone levels compared to similar men taking a placebo.” The problem is, the study was sponsored by the Sabinsa Corporation, a company that sells Forskolin which may cause a conflict in the findings. Regardless, more studies are needed to log the effects Forskolin has on weight loss.
Forskolin is not a supplement designed to be taken by people looking to lose weight. There are no credible studies or clinical trials expressing that Forskolin will help you lose weight. It is meant to be taken by older men looking to improve their testosterone levels. A perfect example of this is highlighted by one of our own, ABN athlete and trainer David Johnston. When he started taking ABN Forskolin, he told us, “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.