ForsLean is a weight-loss supplement with an extract of the Coleus forskohlii plant as the main ingredient. This plant extract, also called forskolin, may have a number of health benefits, although research on its benefits is still in the preliminary stages. Check with your doctor before taking ForsLean or any other forskolin supplement because it may not be safe for everyone.
Weight Loss Potential
Research results are conflicting on whether ForsLean helps with weight loss. A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition in 2005 found that taking this supplement didn't help overweight women lose weight, but that it may help lessen weight gain. Another study, published the same year in Obesity Research, found that ForsLean helped overweight men increase their bone density while decreasing their body fat.
Possible Asthma Treatment
Forskolin may also be helpful for treating asthma. A study published in The Journal of International Medical Research in April 2010 found that oral forskolin may be as beneficial for treating some types of mild asthma in adults as inhaled beclomethasone. More research is necessary to confirm the results of this preliminary study.
Preliminary Cancer Treatment Evidence
A preliminary laboratory study, published in Cell Biology International in November 2006, found that forskolin may help promote cell death and limit the spread of stomach cancer. Further research is necessary to verify that these potential benefits occur when people take forskolin.
Side Effects and Considerations
Information on the safety and side effects of taking ForsLean or forskolin is limited. People with polycystic kidney disease should avoid forskolin, and there is a chance it could cause an irregular heartbeat in some people or miscarriage in pregnant women. People taking asthma medications and those with low blood pressure should avoid taking ForsLean. Forskolin can cause headaches or low blood pressure and may interact with certain drugs, including blood thinners and medications for high blood pressure.
- DietSpotlight: Forslean Review
- Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition: Effects of Coleus Forskohlii Supplementation on Body Composition and Hematological Profiles in Mildly Overweight Women
- Obesity Research: Body Composition and Hormonal Adaptations Associated With Forskolin Consumption in Overweight and Obese Men
- The Journal of International Medical Research: Forskolin Compared With Beclomethasone for Prevention of Asthma Attacks: A Single-Blind Clinical Trial
- Cell Biology International: A Forskolin Derivative, FSK88, Induces Apoptosis in Human Gastric Cancer BGC823 Cells Through Caspase Activation Involving Regulation of Bcl-2 Family Gene eExpression, Dissipation of Mitochondrial Membrane Potential and Cytochrome C Release
- Drugs.com: Forskolin
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Forskolin
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