As we begin our Home Energy Challenges training program, we feel there is no better way than to kick it off by discussing your health, energy and overall well-being.
No matter what your goal or gameplan is in life, it is far easier, better and more enjoyable if you are feeling healthy and looking good.
Below you are going to find a review about a new supplement that has gained credibility everywhere from medical doctors to scientific studies about being a dual-benefit extract that boosts metabolism (faster weight loss) and mental clarity (nootropic/energy effects).
Our goal is to share the truth, beauty and goodness in life. Las time we discussed self-help in the form of protection and security. Now, let’s talk about self-help in the form of health.
Let us continue.
Improving Your Health & Energy
With so many weight loss products on the market, it can be difficult to find one that works well for your body, to say the least. The key to finding a quality weight loss product is to review the ingredients, any clinical studies, and what most users have to say about the product. Only then can you really be confident that you have found one that may work for you.
Rather than waste your money on numerous products, this review is going to help you focus on one that has recently garnered a great deal of attention on the market. Forskolin (coleus forskohlii) is one of the leading weight loss supplements to gain attention in the recent year. But does it work?
This is how we are going to kick off the home energy health challenge. We will be reviewing and researching many different topics and subjects of interest to help you along your way.
What is Forskolin?
Forskolin (naturally occurring in the roots of the Coleus Forskohlii mint plant) is a dietary weight loss supplement that also accelerates the development of muscles and lean muscle mass. Pure Forskolin is extracted from the Indian Coleus plant at the root level. There are many health benefits associated with Forskolin, but one of the primary and most established uses is the direct correlation with its ability to influence cyclic-AMP. We collected medical resources and recommended documents of reading below about this heralded and touted feature of pure forskolin extract. In short, this of course, gives it the widely published weight loss and muscle building product persona you currently see available online.
The product is known to work on both obese men and women for inducing significant body constitution that makes you lean and tone (but should not be expected to be a miracle worker). The most effective results start to show after 3-4 weeks (with proper diet, nutrition and exercise), with continued normal dosing for up to 12 weeks, a period of which involves an increase in the body’s testosterone levels and fat burning abilities.
In addition to lean muscle promotion and fat burning properties, the coleus forskohlii root extract also has been known to help remedy asthma, to treat glaucoma, and to even help individuals who suffer from idiopathic congestive cardiomyopathy, a leading cause of heart failure. Now, much of this isn’t completely verified or 100% factual. But, forskolin has been associated with these claims on more than one occasion and is thought to be one of the more studied ingredients in the near future because of its vast array of abilities to boost, enhance and increase energy.
Forskolin because widely popular after being mentioned on the Dr. Oz show. While not all of Dr. Oz’s products lead to results, Forskolin is an outlier and has been linked to helping diminish drug treatments and prescription medication associated side effects as well. A quick online search will show those who have taken the product have been extremely pleased with the overall health effects and properties it adds to a good daily diet and exercise program.
How Does Forskolin Work?
The active ingredient in Forskolin can be found in roots of the Indian Coleus plant, which is related to the mint family. The plant is commonly found in Thailand, India, and Burma. Here, the active ingredient is the Forskolin extract, which works to activate adenylate cyclase, which is known as the cAMP enzyme. The enzyme has multiple functions. One of the primary functions of the enzyme is to stimulate the hormone that activates the body’s fat burning ability.
Once levels of cAMP in the body increase from Forskolin extract, the reaction leads to a number of physical and biochemical effects. The primary effect is lipolysis. Lipolysis is the process of burning and breaking down fat cells. After breaking down the fat cells, the fat is released from the body, leaving you slimmer and with a lower overall fat content. The second effect is that the product also increases your metabolism. With a higher metabolism and a decreased appetite, your body starts to tap into the fat reserves for energy. When extracting energy from fat reserves, you start to lose body weight – resulting in a slimmer body mass.
The Studies: What They Say
Now that you know what Forskolin is and how it works, the next thing to look at are the studies. After all, if there are no studies to support the product and its impact, then you can consider the product to be moot.
Fortunately, there are a number of studies supporting the positive impact that Forskolin has on the body.
- Reduction of Body Composition and Triggering of Weight Loss Hormones
The first study was performed on a group of obese men in 2012. The study was published in the North American Association Journal for the Study of Obesity. During the study, half of the groups of men were given 10% pure Forskolin extract, while the other half were given a placebo. The group taking the Forskolin experienced weight loss because the extract stimulated a hormone that is directly related to the mobilization of triglycerides, which free fatty acids and lead to weight loss.
In addition, the extract also increases testosterone levels. Before the study, the group’s testosterone levels were significantly lower. The consensus of the study was that the hormone reduced the men’s overall body composition and triggered hormones that spurred weight loss and testosterone production.
- The Impact of Forskolin on Mildly Overweight Women
The second study was published in the US National Library of Medicine’s National Institute of Health Journal. The study investigated the impact of Forskolin on women’s body composition and also the safety of the drug. During the study, 23 females were given 250 mg of 10% pure Forskolin extract twice per day for 12 weeks. Another group of 23 females were given the control pill.
The results of the study found that the calorie intake of the women did not change. However, the females taking the Forskolin experienced less fatigue, a suppressed appetite, and changes to their overall metabolic rate. In addition, it helped mitigate weight gain in women. More importantly – the study did not cite any side effects. Therefore, it seems that Forskolin is safe to take.
- Forskolin and cAMP and Free Fatty Acid Levels
The final study directly takes a look at how Forskolin impacts cAMP levels to change the free fatty acids in the body. The study was also published in the same journal as the study above mentioned. In this study, researchers used mice instead of humans. Here, they took 50 albino mice and gave them a high fat diet and 250 gm of 10% Forskolin extract. The control group was also given a high fat diet and a placebo. Researchers found that the Forskolin stimulated lipolysis and caused body weight loss due to an enhancement of cAMP levels.
Based upon the research, it seems that Forskolin extract is an effective method to achieve weight loss. The product works by increasing your metabolism and enhancing the hormones responsible for fat burning properties. In addition, when taking the product you also experience a suppressed appetite, which causes your body to tap into fat reserves.
From the looks of it, Dr. Oz may have had a little merit despite the backlash he received in court and around popular social medial platforms. I think the most significant reality we need to face and understand upfront is that there are no side effects involved. Meaning, there is little risk and potentially much reward into trying a pure forskolin supplement. To attain the product, you can simply order it online from the manufacturer’s website or other online retailers.
And that concludes our first segment of the Home Energy Health Challenge. We will have much more about how to improve your health, energy and home very soon.