Coleus forskohlii As A Weight Loss Supplement

Coleus forskohlii is a plant that belongs to the Lamiaceae or mint family of plants. The plant grows naturally in India, where it is cultivated for its medicinal properties. As with most plants Coleus forskohlii is high in antioxidants and this provides a significant protection against oxidative stress in the consumer. However, Coleus forskohlii also has a specific anti-obesity effect in humans and animals which may relate to its ability to upregulate the generation of cyclic AMP in cells. Rat studies attest to the anti-obesity effects of Coleus forskohlii. In one study a group of rats were fed a cafeteria style diet containing foods that might be expected to cause obesity. However, another group of rats were fed the same diet with a Coleus forskohlii extract. The Coleus forskohlii extract was significantly effective at reducing the appetite of the rats and also reduced the rate at which the diet was able to cause detrimental weight gain. This supports the contention that Coleus forskohlii is an effective anti-obesity herb. 

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Shivaprasad, H.N., Gopalakrishna, S., Mariyanna, B., Thekkoot, M., Reddy, R. and Tippeswamy, B.S. 2014. Effect of Coleus forskohlii extract on cafeteria diet-induced obesity in rats. Pharmacognosy Research. 6(1): 42

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