Forskolin, it’s a name many have grown accustom to in their hunt for the next weight loss wonder-drug. It’s done nothing short of taken the supplement market the by storm and shows little sign of slowing down. Its endorsement by Dr. Oz has strapped a proverbial rocket to it’s back as a fat burning miracle-supplement as it continues to enjoy its stratospheric rise. From a nutritional point of view, there appears to be evidence, however preliminary, that forskolin does indeed posses compounds which can enhance the metabolic breakdown of fat in the body. One review has identified cyclic AMP (cAMP) as one of the key ingredients which, among other things, increases the secretion of the fat burning enzyme, hormone-sensitive lipase.
It’s widely acknowledged that despite forskolin’s potential, there remains a shortage of peer-reviewed studies to support it’s claims. Indeed, it appears that forskolin is on ‘shaky ground’ and largely ‘propped-up’ by claims made by Dr. Mehmet Oz. This remains one of the key criticisms of the product with many suggesting a money-grabbing scheme and artificially inflated claims.
It goes without saying that any such supplements should be treated with caution and used in conjunction with a health, balanced diet together with regular exercise. If the claims of forskolin are to be taken seriously, they should be the subject of more in-depth inquiry from independent third-party researchers. Until such time where a clearer picture can be formed, forskolin will remain on the fringes of weight loss intervention, second to proven, more sustainable methods.