Forskolin is a chemical in the root of the Coleus Forskohlii plant which was developed over 3,000 years ago and traditionally used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine.

What did the ancients know that our modern scientists are just now starting to reveal in Western society?

Increases Testosterone
There has been a direct correlation between Coleus Forskolin and increased testosterone levels in human case studies.
A double blind, randomized, 12 week case study on 30 overweight men supplementing with 250 mg of 10% forskolin extract twice a day (25 mg actual Forskolin) showed an increase in both free testosterone (16.77%) and total testosterone levels (33.77%).

Burns fat
Coleus Forskolin is a potent fat burner so it’s not surprising that free testosterone levels increased in the above-mentioned study because fat actually locks up and stores your testosterone.

When you burn fat you unlock your testosterone to making it “free” to build muscle and increase strength.

The 2 primary ways Forskolin helps burn fat is by increasing cAMP and HSL.

Increases CAMP and HSL
Forskolin activates cellular levels of a molecule called cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP).

A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, showed that elevated cAMP levels have been associated with increased fat loss and can also promote the effects of other fat burning compounds. 

Other studies have shown coleus forskolin has the ability to stimulate the production of (HSL) or hormone sensitive lipase. 

HSL can help the body to better use fat as energy thereby increasing your daily fat burn. 

Improves HDL levels
Coleus Forskolin has also been shown to increase HDL (good cholesterol) levels. 

One of the main functions of HDL is helping your body remove excess LDL (bad cholesterol) particles.

LDL leads to formation of fatty, waxy deposits called plaque within the arteries which can cause a wide range of serious health issues including heart attacks, erectile dysfunction, and strokes.

Healthy cholesterol levels are also linked to cell membrane integrity and the processing of brain neurotransmitters which plays a role in depression and mood, two key elements in maximizing healthy testosterone levels as they are directly related to stress.

The important note here is that the better your cholesterol profile is, the better your testosterone profile will be. This herb can help you improve your cholesterol profile.

Reduces blood pressure
Another great benefit to this herb is its ability to help lower blood pressure as high blood pressure can send your testosterone levels tanking.
While the results were not dramatic in the decrease, over 75% of patients tested in a human case study did see a mild improvement in their blood pressure. 
The ability to lower blood pressure probably comes from its ability to increase HSL which is know to catalyze the hydrolysis of cholesteryl esters (dietary lipids). 

If there was only one natural herb you took to help lower your blood pressure, this would not be it. But as an added benefit to an already powerful testosterone booster and fat burner, it is great to have!

Used for over 3,000 years in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Coleus Forskolin has been shown in human case studies to provide several health benefits including increased testosterone in overweight men.

Whether it directly increases testosterone or the increase is due to it improving HDL levels, lean body mass, fat loss and cholesterol, which are all crucial factors in improving testosterone levels, is unknown.

More than likely, it’s some combination of all the factors but pinpointing the exact mechanisms a singular nutrient impacts the body is difficult, to say the least, and often times science gets it wrong before they get it right.

Either way, our ancient ancestors were onto something, because it does work.