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How Anvanca® Works: Coleus Forskohlii

Forskolin has been shown to increase metabolism and reduce body fat


Forskolin switches on the fat burning signal

Forskolin is interesting in weight loss because it increases the levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) within cells. ATP is the fuel that powers cells. When ATP is used up, it is converted into cAMP. cAMP acts as a signal for the body to burn more fat or sugar in order to turn it into ATP. In fact, low levels of cAMP have been associated with obesity, and forskolin significantly decreased body fat in a study of obese patients[1].  The effect of forskolin on cAMP is well known, and the ability of cAMP to increase metabolism has been shown in the laboratory[2] and is thought to promote weight loss.

Forskolin enhances thyroid function.

Thyroid hormones increase metabolism and promotes weight loss. The effect of forskolin on the thyroid has been demonstrated in the lab[3],[4],[5] and in people[6]. Second, forskolin increase cAMP, which has a direct affect on cellular metabolism, which in turn should promote weight loss.

Forskolin weight loss: fat burner that works

Forskolin has also been shown to positively affect weight loss and body composition by reducing body fat.  In one study, forskolin was shown to decrease body fat in men and promote weight loss[7].  In another, forskolin was shown to reduce body fat in women and lead to weight loss[8].  A topical cream containing forskolin was shown to reduce body fat under the skin[9].

What is forskolin?

Forskolin is the primary constituent of the extract from the root of Coleus Forskohlii. Coleus Forskohlii is a member of the mint family. This herb has been used in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years, and in that tradition, it is used for bronchial ailments. It’s also been used in South American traditional medicine as well.

Other health promoting effects of forskolin

As forskolin continues to be researched, there is mounting evidence to support that it may provide a number of health-promoting benefits. Studies have shown positive effects in asthma, weight management, and others. However, it is important to note that the claims linking forskolin to these benefits have not been approved by the FDA. Forskolin should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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