Forskolin supplements seem to be the latest buzz in weight loss. Called the “magic belly buster”, forskolin has been apparently endorsed by TV talk show hosts and celebrity doctors as the hottest new miracle cure for weight gain.
Can forskolin help you lose weight? Can it bust your belly fat? Here are some facts behind forskolin which you won’t get from those who endorse it. We’re here to set the record straight.
Forskolin is a most potent aromatase inducer. Aromatase is the enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen which is a fat storing hormone. Excess Estrogen has been linked to female disorders and feminization of men. Meaning: the use of forskolin should raise some serious concerns. Here is a quote from my book, The Anti-Estrogenic Diet (p. 152)
“Note that forskolin (derived from coleus forskolii), a compound used by the fitness industry to promote fat loss, should be consumed with caution. Forskolin is a potent estrogen promoter due to its cAMP-stimulating and aromatase inducing effects. Researchers have been using forskolin as a standard aromatase-promoting agent for comparative purposes.”
Watanabe M, Nakajin, S. Forskolin up-regulates aromatase (CYP19) activity and gene transcripts in the human adrenocortical carninoma cell line H295R. Journal of Endocrin (2004) 180, 125-133.
Chidananada Sharma S, Clemens JW, Pisarska MD, Richards JS. Expression and function of estrogen receptor subtypes in granulose cells: Regulation by estradiol and forskolin. Endocriniology: Vol 140, No. 9.