Also known as
Coleus forskohlii, Plectranthus barbatus
Coleus is an Ayurvedic herb utilized in India to treat breathing complaints without the side effects that occur with ephedra (Ma huang). In more recent times coleus has been utilized to assist with weight loss and as an energy enhancing herb.
Forskolin, coleonol, rosmarinic acid and also flavonoid glucuronides and diterpenoids
Coleus makes an effective tea with a slight minty taste. Recommended dosage is 2-4 grams as needed.
Coleus contains a well studied compound known as forskolin which increases cellular levels of an enzyme called cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). cAMP is associated with increased rates of fat loss, and can improve the effects of other fat burning compounds, specifically adrenal based stimulants like bitter orange, muira puama, and sida cordifolia.
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