Forskolin Reviews: Is the Praise Fake or Real

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

The debate whirls on but it remains peaceful. Are the raving reviews true or fabricated about forskolin. Is it really safe to take? Does it it really increase muscle mass while reducing weight? Is there solid scientific support to confirm that forskolin will help with any type of health condition? Or is it a hyped up scam covering to be a healthy agent for healing from different physical conditions. That is what we will find out in this article. Whether the feedback about this natural product is real or hyped up. Let’s get to the heart of the issue.

What is Forskolin

Forskolin is made from the root of a plant in the mint family. It grows in Nepal, India and Thailand.It has a long history of being a staple in traditional Asian medicine. Today, it supposedly helps in weight loss and increasing muscle mass. One little study found men who took the forskolin instead of placebo for 12 weeks found these results. The men took 250 milligrams of forskolin supplements twice a day and had some measurable results. They lost body fast and had increased testosterone levels. But the results need to be investigated further to prove the validity of these conclusions.  

There is a tale in folklore that forskolin helps in asthma treatment. There may be some truth to this suggestion. Studies have shown the product to support that to an extent. The forskolin acts like asthma conventional drugs by boosting the levels of a compound called cyclic AMP. This compound relaxes the muscles around the bronchial tubes to relax muscles. The evidence needs to be researched further.

There is a theory that it will help glaucoma. It has been shown to relieve pressure in the eyes which is a prime indicator of glaucoma. But the only catch is the study was done on healthy people not people with glaucoma. So this study needs to be done on people with glaucoma to prove its effectiveness for the cure of that eye disease.

Another questionable use is using  forskolin for cardiomyopathy which can cause heart failure. But the study showed there was improvement in patients through IV reducing heart problems. There is not enough proof to finalize these results. Much more research must be done to validate this claim. One drawback to this research is it doesn’t prove  the product will help. It’s too early to draw definite conclusions that this product will help with heart failure. The product cannot be said to help in any of these health conditions there just isn’t proof to back these claims up.

Claims of Forskolin

Forskolin is a natural pure extract and aromatic multi-purpose herbal ingredient that has been exotically acclaimed to have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It is suggested that it has many other pharmaceutical benefits as well. It has been historically used as a medicinal and cultural agent throughout the world. The medicine has a long history as being able to traet th following health issues:

  • gastrointestinal / digestive disorders
  • cardiovascular / circulation conditions
  • respiratory disorders / cough
  • central nervous systems
  • skin problems / infections / boils / eczema
  • body stiffness & rheumatism
  • It’s most famous ability is to be able to activate cellular adenylate cyclase giving it an inherent ability to trigger hormones which activate the desired mechanisms in the body to stimulate fat burning.

Review Time

Forskolin Review

1) This first review is actually based on studies that have been conducted with different groups of people. But still we need to investigate whether the claims in this review are valid or not. The review states that in two test groups people were given placebo and the other group was given  forskolin. Let’s focus on the group given forskolin. Men and women were involved in the study. The results indicated that forskolin seemed to increase lean muscle mass in the mn compared to the other group but only by a small margin. The men experienced no weight loss and the women experienced no weight loss but they didn’t gain any weight either. Forskolin kept women from gaining weight. So the review said the product doesn’t help in weight loss.

This review reflects that the hype that it is a good weight loss option isn’t true. More reseaskolin. rch has to be done.

2) The second review was done by a diet columnist who was asked to participate in a diet reduction study. She was given the freedom to choose which product she wanted to research and she didn’t choose forskolin. She directly mentioned she and her friends had tried forskolin and they didn’t lose any weight using this product.

This is the second review that has stated that the product did absolutely nothing for losing weight in their application of it. The pattern is emerging that this product doesn’t live up to the claim it will help the consumer lose weight. So the hype that it’s a great weight loss reducer is nullified by this review. This review does carry weight because the woman who wrote it is a diet expert. She knows what will work and what won’t. She also knows why a product will or will not work either.

3) Supposedly this product has become a supercharged weight loss magnet ever since it was introduced on the Dr. Oz show a few years ago and it has become very popular among the masses as a guaranteed cure for obesity. But is it really? For years this product has been under the national microscope as a notorious but candid weight loss ingredient. The contemporary market is calling it a :weight loss gift from the gods”. We know obesity can cause very long-term and short- term health issues. This is why the writer of this review said that the review is very timely for the many people who are looking to lose weight.

Forskolin has been known to increase the levels of cAMP a compound that benefits in a wide range of biochemical and physiological effects including lipolysis (burning up and breaking down fat cells.) If you can get a product that can break down fat cells at the basic cellular level then you will begin to see some really significant weight loss. This cAMP helps with many other physical processes as well. Forskolin is a cyclic AMP agonist (basically means an agonist is a chemical that binds to a receptor to help that receptor produce a biological response.) The adenylate cyclase enzyme is obtained from cAMP and has the function to signal many different organisms into motion. cAMP is a group that belongs to a group of enzyme known  as “second messenger”. These messengers help increase the activity of neurotransmitters. Because of this supposed well-known enzyme, pure forskolin extract supplements are said to support mechanisms to activate weight loss.

There are several studies that have been done to determine the validity of  forskolin as a weight loss agent.   

  • This study was conducted to show the effects of forskolin in obese men.
  • This is the study referred to in the beginning of this article but the results here were different then the results described in that study above. This study states that forskolin significantly reduced decreased fat percentage and fat mass in these men’s bodies. Compared to the placebo group. A very different interpretation from this same study mentioned above.
  • This study set out to examine if forskolin would help women lose weight. The conclusion was there was no significant change in the women’s free fat mass, fat mass or body weight. In other words it didn’t cause these 23 female subjects to lose any weight.
  • The study researched the influence of forskolin on free fatty acids, cAMP and cGMP. In rats

This study may not be valid because there is a big difference studying weight loss in rats as compared to humans. Our physiology is so much more complex than the rats. It’s not fair to assess the validity of the product based on research done on rats. The results found in the rats may not even be applicable to humans. So the results will not be discussed here.

The claims so far have yet to be validated that this product is such an amazing weight loss product as it has been claimed to be for years now. There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of experimental research to support the claims.

According to studies done at Penn state the product did initialize lipolysis (fat cell breakdown) in fat cells. Many obese and fat  people were found to have an unusually low production of cAMP. The fact that this product helped to stimulate that production is why the big hype began about this product being such a wonderful weight loss catalyst. But yet there needs to be further research done to verify these claims beyond a reasonable doubt.

In another university study it was found that 6 overweight women took the forskolin supplement (dose was 250 mg twice a day) for nine weeks. The results at the end of the nine weeks were noticeable. Each woman lost 10 pounds and burned over 8% body fat per person. So the claims that forskolin was a safe weight alternative were multiplied. But this is one isolated study that recorded these results and this simply isn’t enough evidence to support that forskolin is a viable weight loss agent.

Forskolin Revealed


Also, this product is associated with being able to breakdown fat quicker than normal dietary adjustments. This is because it supposedly can break down adipose tissue (scientific label for belly fat) which helps release fatty acids in a process known as thermogenesis. During thermogenesis the   internal temperature of the body increases which in turn speeds up the metabolic rate. This causes more body calories and fat to melt and burn off.

Scientific evidence positively supports that the product is a weight loss agent but it doesn’t necessarily support it as a weight loss super star. The evidence from the evidence from the scientific research suggests that forskolin can stimulate weight loss. The conclusions were not significant enough to validate the claims that this was a wonder plant that you must use if you want to seriously lose weight. After Dr. oz approved the product as a wonder weight loss agent the product took off and began to sell at a sizzling rate. It still seems to be very popular today and it’s in widespread use.

Even with all these accolades there really is no valid support for these weight loss claims. The reviews are either really positive that this product works wonders for people seeking to lose weight or it doesn’t work at all. There really seems to be no middle ground. On the negative side the people who tried the product found absolutely no benefit for it’s weight loss ability. It was mentioned one person actually felt worse after using it.

The one experiment that used the product on rats really cannot validate its effectiveness on humans at all. Therefore its results will be ignored. The other reviews adamantly stated that the product didn’t work at all. There was no weight loss for these users.

The product may be a sizzling seller on the internet today but are the consumers really getting observable results from using forskolin in their struggle to lose weight? This question cannot be overwhelmingly answered in the positive. We need to look at some more reviews.     

4) This review also mentions how forskolin became famous after Dr Oz. touted it on his show  twice. He used the terms “lightning in a bottle’ and ”a miracle flower to fight fat”. Wouldn’t you think a weight loss agent  endorsed by this famous doctor would be enough to prompt you to buy it. Not necessarily because like we said before the product doesn’t have solid scientific support that it will help you lose weight.

The company claims it’s a “breakthrough” weight loss plant. It is revolutionary in it’s approach to lose weight and you don’t have to exercise to lose the weight. The agent will do it all by itself. But the big problem is there is no scientific research to support these claims. The cases that were studied really didn’t offer results that would led you to believe it was as good as the manufacturer said it was in assisting a person to lose help. The company said you could lose weight without exercising using forskolin. Then they said you can use forskolin with other healthy diets and exercise to lose weight. They said on the same  website many people have used forskolin and a healthy diet  to lose weight. Well which statement is true?

There were a couple of studies  conducted one at the Kansas Dept. of Health, Sport and Exercise science.The patient’s lost  body fat percentages and lean tissue was developed. But, there is a major catch in these results the candidates never lost weight. Furthermore, Lean Pro Forskolin may prevent weight gain and increase lean muscle tissue but by no means is it a weight loss breakthrough . Another  problem is the product is very expensive and at these prices the product should interact with your body to help it lose weight.

Forskolin comes with some serious side effects as well. The western perspective hasn’t grasped much about this product. Or that the side effects from this product are serious in

Could cause some major health issues. Forskolin has been known to make the heartbeat rate increase. It may be tied into causing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) and in women in may cause bleeding. The bleeding in women could be serious during pregnancy. So, check with your doctor before trying this weight loss agent. There are too many unknowns to embrace this as a solid weight loss agent.

The dosage required to reach any of the claims may cause some financial setbacks. The studies indicated the people were given 250 mg twice a day. The bottles of forskolin contain 8 125 mg tablets. So to try and duplicate the results in the studies you would have to take four capsules a day. The bottle contains 30 capsules so you would be replenishing your supplies every 8 days. At the prices the company charges for their product you will spend a lot of money very quickly.   

Final Outcome

Based on all the data accumulated in the above article the conclusion is that forskolin is not all the company says it is. There is not enough scientific evidence to support the claim that this plant is a weight loss breakthrough. The studies we recorded said the product actually didn’t help men and women increase weight.

The product has been on the market for a few years and there hasn’t been an extensive amount of research done to say this product is a cutting edge weight loss agent. On the contrary. studies have shown it doesn’t help the body lose weight and on top of that it has not had a lot of reviews saying the stuff really helps people lose weight. There were three studies that concluded the opposite. Forskolin doesn’t help you lose weight and it might help you stop gaining weight. It doesn’t live up to all the praise heaped upon it over the last few years.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.