Forskolin - Glossary

Forskolin

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The active ingredient in Coleus forskohlii – an ancient Ayurvedic medicinal plant.  Forskolin stimulates production of a cellular “messenger” – cAMP (cyclic AMP) – which, in turn, stimulates production of hormone sensitive lipase (HSL), an enzyme involved in the breakdown of stored fat.  Forskolin (typically in the form of standardized extracts) is a common ingredient in fat loss supplements.  Most of the studies published on forskolin have used cell cultures, although  one peer-reviewed study shows (modest) effects in humans, as well.

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Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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