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Nutritional Supplements Library Coleus Forskolii

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Coleus Forskolii


What is coleus forskohlii?

Coleus forskohlii is a plant. Coleus forskohlii is an important traditional Ayurvedic herb that has been a part of Indian medicine for centuries. In the 1970s, researchers isolated a chemically active extract from coleus forskohlii and called it forskolin. Coleus forskohli is a perennial member of the mint, or Lamiaceae, family that was first discovered in the lower elevations of India. It is now grown around the world as an ornamental plant. The root is used for a myriad of medicinal purposes. As recorded in ancient Sanskrit texts, coleus has been used as a medical herb to treat heart and lung diseases, intestinal spasms, insomnia, and convulsions.


What is the effective dosage of coleus forskohlii supplementation?

Oral Coleus forskohlii extracts are typically standardized to 10-percent forskolin, with recommended dosages ranging from 100-250 mg twice daily.


What are the benefits of coleus forskohlii supplementation?

• Coleus is found to be effective in skin conditions as eczema and psoriasis.
• It is used to treat cardiovascular diseases including hypertension, congestive heart failure and angina.
• It can aid in weight loss due to its ability to breakdown stored fat as well as inhibit the synthesis of adipose tissue, additionally, it increases thyroid hormone production and release thereby increasing metabolism.
• Ophthalmic preparation of forskolin to the eyes lowers eye pressure thus reducing the risk of Glaucoma.
• It aids in digestive and malabsorption disorders through its ability to stimulate secretion of saliva, hydrochloric acid, pepsin, amalyase and pancreatic enzymes and increase nutrient absorption in the small intestine.


What are the side effects of coleus forskohlii supplementation?

At recommended doses, coleus is generally regarded as safe, with few reports of side effects. There have been reports of skin rash, a milky film over the eyes (when used as an eyedrop), increased heart rate and flushing. Coleus may lower blood pressure. Individuals with low blood pressure and those taking prescription drugs for high blood pressure should check with their health care provider before taking coleus. In theory, coleus may increase the risk of bleeding. You may need to stop taking coleus before some surgeries and dental procedures; Coleus should not be used by people with active bleeding, such as peptic ulcer or intracranial bleeding. Coleus may stimulate the thyroid and should be used cautiously by people with thyroid disorders.
Cautions-
• Coleus is not recommended during pregnancy and breast-feeding.