About Coleus Forskohlii

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Coleus forskohlii is a traditional herb that has been used in Indian medicine for many years. Learn about using coleus forskohlii for weight loss with help from a registered and licensed dietitian in this free video on health and nutrition.

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My name is Christine Marquette, and I'm a registered and licensed dietitian with Marquette Nutrition and Fitness, and I'm going to talk to you about Coleus Forskohlii. This is actually a traditional ayurvedic herb that's been used in Indian medicine for many, many, many years. In the early seventies, one of the properties of this particular herb was actually heavily studied, and it was called Forskolin. And, you can actually find this particular herb in a lot of different supplements on the market today. And what it has been used traditionally in the United States is for weight loss. In Indian medicine, it was actually heavily used for a variety of conditions, heart disease as well as weight management and several other conditions. Joint pain, for example. But again, here in the United States it's more been looked at for uses in weight loss. There have been a couple of studies done in the human population. One study was done at the University of Baylor, and they looked at twelve women. They used it to see if there was any benefit to weight loss. What they actually found was that it was a larger benefit in weight management, meaning preventing these women from regaining weight that they had loss, but it didn't actually promote a lot of additional weight loss. A lot of the other studies that have been done haven't really been done on humans. They've been done on animals. So we can't say for certain whether it truly does have a benefit for heart disease or MS or any other conditions, but, those are some studies that are being done on Coleus Forskohlii.

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