Anytime Dr. Oz mentions a magical ingredient on his show, health stores and people explode with enthusiasm based on his claims about how an ingredient truly works. Most recently, Dr. Oz mentioned an ingredient called Forskolin and how it can work for weight loss. What he may have not told you is that there are zero studies that prove Forskolin can aid in weight loss (you can read more about that here). What Forskolin can be used for, and what studies have shown, is that Forskolin is beneficial for cognitive functions. Yes – for your memory and brain.
What is Forskolin?
Plain and simple, forskolin is a chemical that is found in an Indian plant called plectranthus barbatus (aka: coleus forskohlii, Indian coleus plant). This plant was used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine and is a part of the mint-plant family.
The Benefits of Forskolin
Forskolin is said to help a variety of health issues that include:
- Blood pressure
- Cancer prevention
- Heart health
- Cognitive health
What it does not help, because there is truly minimal research done on area of study, is weight loss.
How Forskolin Works
Forskolin enhances the signals that are passed between neurons. There is an enzyme called PDE4 which breaks down cAMP molecules – these are the molecules that pass signals throughout the brain. So when PDE4 breaks down the cAMP molecules, your ability to retain information is negatively impacted. With Forskolin, PDE4 is slowed down. This results in improved:
- Long-term memory
more cAMP, less PSE4 = better cognitive benefits
Forskolin is the only natural supplement that is known and has been shown to increase levels of cAMP.
Whether you believe in Forskolin or not is up to you. If you do decide to give it a try, there are Forskolin supplements available at health food stores, including Yes Wellness, that you can experiment with. Just be sure to always consult a doctor before experimenting with brain and memory supplements.