Forskolin is a compound derived from the roots of the Coleus forskohlii plant
, also known as Plectranthus barbatus
. It is known to increase levels of a chemical messenger in the body that can increase heart muscle contractions, relax smooth muscles, and may be involved in sugar and fat metabolism.
There are just two small clinical studies on the use of forskolin for weight loss, which, interestingly, found different effects in men and women. These are discussed in the Weight Loss Supplements Review