Shown in a scientific case study to directly increase testosterone, lean body mass and bone mineral density, Coleus Forskolin is an ancient Ayurvedic medicine brought back to life in the 21st century.
Forskolin, is a chemical produced by the Indian Coleus plant, scientifically known as “Plectranthus barbatus”. It’s popularity has been increasing in the West the last few years as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, including cancer treatment.
Coleus Forskolin Boosts Testosterone 33.77%
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study performed on 30 overweight subjects for 12 weeks, produced great results for improved T levels.
A “significant” increase in lean body mass was noted with a great 16.77% increase in free testosterone levels and an incredible 33.77% total T increase! (1)
Coleus Forskolin also increased fat loss which really isn’t a surprise given the increase in testosterone and lean body mass, but it’s important to note because losing excess fat is another key to unlocking more free testosterone.
Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate (cAMP)
It appears to be particularly adept at increasing cellular levels of a molecule known as “cyclic adenosine monophosphate” or cAMP.
The increase in cAMP has been tied to increased fat loss so science is backing the ab shredding capabilities.
Increase in HDL
HDL levels (good cholesterol) have also seen an improvement with supplementation. This is important as it not only has several positive benefits to your overall health but may directly impact T levels. (2)
A crucial function of HDL is removal of excess LDL (bad cholesterol) from the body.
LDL forms plague, those fatty waxy deposits in your arteries and is a main culprit in ED (erectile dysfunction, heart attack and stroke. So you want to keep your HDL high and your LDL low. Otherwise known as healthy cholesterol levels.
Good cholesterol numbers have a direct impact your mood and depression. Two major impacts on T levels. This is because cholesterol affects cell membrane integrity and brain neurotransmitter processing.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Another benefit of supplementing with Coleus Forskolin is it may help to lower blood pressure. A study done in India showed a mild improvement in over 75% of the patients tested. (2)
While there are probably better herbs available to specifically tackle high blood pressure, it’s a nice addition to have if you are going to take it anyway.
Used for over 3,000 years in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, Coleus Forskolin has been shown in case studies to increase testosterone.
Whether it directly increases testosterone or the increase is due to it improving HDL levels, lean body mass and fat loss (which are all crucial factors in improving T levels) is unknown.
More than likely, it’s some combination of the two 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 works.
- Body composition and hormonal adaptations associated with forskolin consumption in overweight and obese men. Godard MP, Johnson BA, Richmond SR. – Link
- Clinical efficacy of Coleus forskohlii (Willd.) Briq. (Makandi) in hypertension of geriatric population. Jagtap M, Chandola HM, Ravishankar B. – Link