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Coleus forskohlii and Metabolic Syndrome

Do you feel:

  • Aches, pains, and swelling throughout the body?
  • Weight gain?
  • Your waist girth is equal or larger than hip girth?
  • An increase in weight even with a low-calorie diet?
  • An increase in fat distribution around the chest and hips?

If you are experiencing any of these situations, then you might be experiencing metabolic syndrome and might considered using Coleus forskohlii.

With the world population being obese or even overweight, especially in the United States. One of the most common disorders that mostly everyone has from being obese, and it is called metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that happens to many individuals that can create many complications to the body, and most individuals who have metabolic syndrome would have an apple or pear-shaped bodies. With many supplements and natural foods helping the body, there is a supplement that can help the body combat metabolic syndrome and can be combined with a specific diet to make anyone who is obese or overweight lose the extra pounds.

What is Coleus forskohlii?

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One of the supplements that have been known to help combat metabolic syndrome is Coleus forskohlii. Coleus forskohlii is a plant supplement that is found in parts of India, Thailand, and Nepal. While being part of the mint family, Coleus forskohlii has been used in traditional folk medicine that has been known to treat asthma and various ailments that the body may encounter. Studies have found that Coleus forskohlii extract may be able to aid in weight management; however, there have been limited studies on this extract. The Coleus forskohlii has been known to extract the critical markers for obesity and metabolic parameter for overweight and obese individuals who might benefit from this supplement.

The Benefits of Coleus forskohlii

With Coleus forskohlii, studies have found that this supplement can aid in weight loss by creating two enzymes to help the body burn fatty acids. These two enzymes are known as lipase and adenylate cyclase. Studies have found that these two enzymes help free fatty acids, and when that happens, the fatty acids can be used as fuel, while reducing body fat without affecting the lean muscle mass. Although this safely helps the body, coleus forskohlii needs to be accompanied by a calorie deficit.

There are benefits for individuals that are obese or overweight. When they take coleus forskohlii as a weight-loss supplement and do a calorie deficit, they can:

  • Suppressing appetite
  • Help reduce the efficiency of digestion
  • Increase the metabolic rate in the body

There are even more benefits of Coleus forskohlii that have been skyrocketing as this supplement been receiving in the public eye as people are looking for ways to lose weight. Some of the benefits of taking Coleus forskohlii are:

  • Treating asthma
  • Preventing the risk of cancer
  • Prevent congestive heart failure by improving the heart strength
  • Lowers blood pressure

Many studies have also shown that Coleus forskohlii can even help reduce body fat in obese men. There have been two studies that show the results of people taking Coleus forskohlii to help reduce their body fat and boost their hormone levels. One study showed how obese men took Coleus forskohlii for twelve weeks. The results show that Coleus forskohlii can alter the male’s body composition while increasing bone mass and testosterone levels in males.

While another study showed how the effects of Coleus forskohlii supplementation on the body composition of mildly overweight women, what is surprising is that with these two different studies, Coleus forskohlii needs enough evidence that requires more research. It shows that Coleus forskohlii does not cause weight loss for many obese individuals; however, Coleus forskohlii can help improve body composition in men and help prevent women from having weight gain. Many more studies have conducted different results, but the results almost have the same reactions on how Coleus forskohlii is the solution for weight loss. However, they all agreed that this supplement does help the body composition on individuals.

Conclusion

With more and more future research about Coleus forskohlii, it is essential to know that using Coleus forskohlii alone will not help losing weight. This supplement is just part of a massive lifestyle change for anyone with metabolic syndrome. By eating the right foods, taking supplements and vitamins, exercising regularly, and having a good night’s sleep, these changes can help anyone lose weight and make them feel good. When bad lifestyle choices and dysfunction enters the body, causing unnecessary illnesses, it can cause a person to develop chronic problems. By adding Coleus forskohlii into the body, it can help dampen the effects of metabolic syndrome. Some products can help the body’s system by providing support to the metabolic system while containing hypoallergenic nutrients, enzymatic cofactors, metabolic precursors, and phytonutrients that the body needs.

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References:

Arnarson, Atli. “Does Forskolin Actually Work? An Evidence-Based Review.” Healthline, 29 May, 2017, http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/forskolin-review.

Fletcher, Jenna. “Does Forskolin Work? Uses, Risks, and Benefits.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 12 Sept. 2017, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319370.

Godard, Michael P, et al. “Body Composition and Hormonal Adaptations Associated with Forskolin Consumption in Overweight and Obese Men.” Obesity Research, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Aug. 2005, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16129715.

Henderson, Shonteh, et al. “Effects of Coleus Forskohlii Supplementation on Body Composition and Hematological Profiles in Mildly Overweight Women.” Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, BioMed Central, 9 Dec. 2005, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2129145/.

Litosch, I, et al. “Forskolin as an Activator of Cyclic AMP Accumulation and Lipolysis in Rat Adipocytes.” Molecular Pharmacology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, July 1982, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6289066.


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