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Forskolin is actually an extract of a plant named Coleus forskohlii, which is an Indian Coleus plant. It is well-known to increase the blood levels of cyclic AMP (cyclic adenosine monophosphate) by activation of enzyme adenylyl cyclase. In this way, cAMP being an intracellular secondary messenger will activate several signal transduction pathways, which in turn will help to study several stimulus and responses of biological systems.

Benefits of taking Forskolin

  • It helps in metabolizing excess of stored fats in both humans and animals
  • It increases thermogenesis that results in loss of body fat as it plays an important role in the release of free fatty acids from adipose tissues
  • It is a very efficient remedy for treatment of asthma and thus even can act as a replacement for asthma drugs
  • It has been known to release from the pressure of eyes that help to treat glaucoma to some extent
  • It has also improved heart condition of certain people suffering from cardiovascular diseases

Natural Sources of Forskolin
It is extracted from a plant which is an herb. Other than this, we cannot isolate forskolin from any source.

When should you take Forskolin?
Forskolin has shown its immense potential activities in the treatment of several gastrointestinal disorders like gastric spasm, nausea, irregular bowels, etc to skin problems such as wounds, rashes, allergies or infections caused by bacteria as well as fungi. It can also be taken as a contraceptive for induction of menstruation.

When should you avoid Forskolin?
Forskolin can only be taken if your doctor has prescribed to take it as a supplement. People who should avoid taking Forskolin are women who are pregnant and lactating mothers. It is not safe for them to consume Forskolin.

Quantity to be taken
Forskolin supplementation has been recommended according to the purposes you are taking it like for asthma: it is advised to use 10milligrams a day for over a period of 2 to 6 months while for obesity it should be taken in a concentration of 250mg of 10percent extract 2 times a day for a period of 12 months for effective results.

Expert Tips/Precautions:

  • Forskolin has shown some adverse effects of toxicity in embryos
  • It should not be consumed by pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers
  • People who are already suffering from polycystic kidney disease should definitely not consume it or any of its forms
  • It can result into certain irregular heart beating disorder which might affect cardiovascular functioning.