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    Forskolin does not cause weight loss or fat loss in overweight women

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    Monday, July 07, 2008 10:42 am Email this article
    A previous study found that an herbal extract of coleus forskohlii which contained 10% forskolin caused overweight and obese men to lose fat and gain muscle, however, a study from Baylor University found that forskolin does not cause weight loss in overweight women.

    There was virtually no change in percent body fat or the amount of muscle in women after three months of taking forskolin.

    "Results suggest that [coleus forskohlii] does not appear to promote weight loss but may help mitigate weight gain in overweight females with apparently no clinically significant side effects," the paper concluded. Subjects

    Subjects: 19 overweight and obese women

    The study involved 19 overweight and obese women, 18- to 40-years-old, with an body mass index (BMI) of 25-35.



    Dose: 250 mg with 10% forskolin twice a day

    The women were given capsules containing either a placebo or 250 mg of coleus forskohlii extract which contained 10 percent forskolin.

    They were instructed to take two capsules per day, one in the morning and one in the evening, 30 minutes before a meal.



    3 month study

    The study lasted three months.


    Body Fat

    Percent Body Fat: End of study vs beginning of study: 41.6% vs 41.8%

    There was no decrease in percent body fat.

    After taking forskolin for three months, the women had 41.6 percent body fat versus 41.8 percent when they started the study.


    Lean Body Mass

    Lean Body Mass: End of study vs beginning of study: 98.3 lbs vs 98.2 lbs

    There was virtually no change in lean body mass (muscle) in the women taking forskolin.

    They had 98.2 pounds of lean body mass when the study started versus 98.3 pounds when the study ended.


    Henderson S, Magu B, Rasmussen C, Lancaster S, Kerksick C, Smith P, Melton C, Cowan P, Greenwood M, Earnest C, Almada A, Milnor P, Magrans T, Bowden R, Ounpraseuth S, Thomas A, Kreider R. Effects of coleus forskohlii supplementation on body composition and hematological profiles in mildly overweight women. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2005, 2:54-62, http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pubmed&pubmedid=18500958.


    Richard B Kreider
    Exercise & Sport Nutrition Laboratory
    Baylor University
    Waco, TX USA
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