Known primarily as a weight loss supplement, Forskolin is a potent substance that has numerous benefits to users.

It can be used to maintain a healthy body composition and has also been clinically proven to help with a host of other ailments.

Forskolin has gained popularity recently as a potential treatment for cancer, high blood pressure, glaucoma symptoms, and to manage blood sugar and asthma. As a nootropic, it’s thought to work as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor and improve memory.

Unlike many other supplements with similar uses, Forskolin doesn’t have any significant side effects and is safe for general use.

What is Forskolin?

Forskolin exploded onto the supplement scene as a weight-loss supplement thanks to an endorsement from television personality Dr. Oz in 2014.

While Dr. Oz has since come under scrutiny for his claims that Forskolin is a miracle weight loss pill, there is some substantial scientific evidence that supports the claim that the compound can decrease the fat mass and improve body composition in overweight men and women.[1] [2]

In a third study conducted on rats, Forskolin also helped to prevent weight gain in animals fed a diet that caused obesity in rats that weren’t taking the supplement.

Also, Forskolin, when combined with tetrahydroxypropyl ethylenediamine, caffeine, carnitine, forskolin and retinol and applied topically, can also reduce the appearance of cellulite with daily use.[3]

Although Forskolin isn’t a pill that melts fat instantly, it has both nootropic and medical applications in addition to the fat loss benefits.

As a nootropic, the compound has similar memory and energy boosting effects of ephedrine and adrenaline, but without the jittery side effects.

As a treatment for cancer, it’s been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells in rats and to help manage the negative side effects of chemotherapy. [4]

Forskolin is also one of the few natural supplements proven to lower blood pressure in the majority of users, and there is also promising early research on its ability to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics.[5]

The supplement is also a natural alternative to a steroid inhaler for people who have asthma.[6] Finally, Forskolin can be taken to help with symptoms of glaucoma as it helps relieve interocular pressure and is a non-surgical treatment option.[7]

Forskolin can be legally purchased in the US over the counter as a supplement both in stores and online and is available in an oral capsule form. It may also be prescribed as an inhaler to treat asthma, or as an injection to treat glaucoma by a doctor.