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Get the Truth About Coleus Forskohlii

Coleus forskohlii is a tropical plant native to Southern Asia and is related to the lavender and mint family. The root has been used in traditional Indian medicine for centuries to treat heart disease, lung disorders, and increase strength.

The active compound in coleus forskohlii, forskolin, has recently been gaining popularity as a powerhouse of a dietary supplement. Some of its clinically-proven benefits include increased cardiovascular health, improved fat-burning activity, glaucoma treatment, muscle-relaxation, and increased thyroid function.

Coleus Forskohlii and Your Heart

There has been a lot of clinical research looking into the effects of coleus forskohlii on cardiovascular function. The studies have been very positive; patients taking forskolin experienced improved heart health, blood pressure, and increase oxygen transport. Even better, it didn’t cause negative side effects in any individuals, so you don’t need to worry about adverse reactions.

Click here to read our article detailing how and why coleus forskohlii improves heart health.

Coleus Forskohlii andĀ Fat Loss

Most people looking at coleus forskohlii are interested in its fat-burning properties. As a result of increased interest, dozens of coleus forskohlii supplements have popped up, but you need to be careful before you buy. We’re going to look at supposed claims, necessary doses, and possible side effects.

Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of studies on coleus forskohlii’s weight-loss effects. What we do have is promising; scientists generally support its ability to increase fat breakdown. One study examined overweight women and found coleus forskohlii increased the patients’ natural fat-burning processes. This study, among others, shows coleus forskohlii is especially good for weight loss because it just increases the body’s own fat burning; it doesn’t introduce any harmful chemicals or reactions.

Click here to read our in-depth article about the fat-loss effects of coleus forskohlii.

Coleus Forskohlii and Eye Health

A very exciting benefit of coleus forskohlii is how it improves eye health, especially glaucoma. Similar to its effects on smooth muscle fibers, coleus reduces pressure in the eye, called intraocular pressure. This pressure is often associated with glaucoma and causes damage to the optic nerve, gradually getting worse. Untreated, glaucoma causes permanent blindness.

Clinical research showed individuals suffering from intraocular pressure experienced relief after taking coleus forskohlii.

Click here to read more about how coleus forskohlii can improve your eye health and decrease glaucoma pressure.

Coleus Forskohlii Benefits

Supports Heart Health Increases Fat Breakdown
Reduces glaucoma pressure Relaxes smooth muscles

Coleus Forskohlii Side Effects

Coleus forskohlii is considered safe, and none of the studies reported any adverse effects. However, because coleus forskohlii can lower blood pressure, you should talk to a doctor before use if you have low blood pressure or are taking blood-thinning medication.

Allergic reactions are very rare, but you may develop a rash if you’re hypersensitive to coleus forskohlii. In the unlikely event you do develop a rash, take a smaller dose or talk to you doctor.

Daily Recommended Dose

Researchers studying coleus forskohlii used anywhere from 25mg-300 mg daily doses in their work. Unfortunately, there aren’t any industry standards on oral doses or standardization. As a rules of thumb, look for a coleus forskohlii product with at least 10% forskolin and take 100-250 mg daily.

Is Coleus Forskohlii Worth Trying?

Coleus forskohlii has a good safety record and no side effects. The research shows great, safe results. We recommend coleus forskohlii. Click here to check out our top five product reviews and find one that’s right for you.

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  1. by: Norman Wolffis
    Posted on July 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Any contraindication for its used with other prescribed medicines, pain relievers,etc.
    Thank You.

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on February 21, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Norman, we aren’t aware of any interactions with prescribed medications. To be safe, check with your physician about your specific medication.

    • by: Alyce
      Posted on March 14, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      There are no contraindications listed, but there are many drugs and other supplements that you should monitor closely. See Medscape’s website or Google ” Coleus Forskohlii contraindications “. .

      For instance, I take medications for high blood pressure and since Coleus Forskohlii can lower blood pressure, my BP needs to be monitored closely and meds adjusted accordingly, dependent upon which I want to continue taking (should my BP become lower). Either the BP meds or the Coleus Forskohlii.

    • by: m
      Posted on March 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Inhalers such as albuterol should not be combined with coleus.

  2. by: prasad reddy
    Posted on August 7, 2013 at 3:44 am

    is that this plant will show antifibrotic activity

  3. by: renee torrence
    Posted on September 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I recently started taking a supplement called Slimmetry. It is an Amway product. I try to research ingredients in supplements to see what the benefits and side effects are. I had never heard of Coleus Forskohlii. Now that I have read your information I am excited to use this product. Thank you

  4. by: Glenda Carr
    Posted on October 16, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Is the product recommended for someone with glaucoma?

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on February 21, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Yes, coleus forskohlii has been shown to reduce symptoms or glaucoma. Thanks for the question, Glenda.

  5. by: Zanele
    Posted on October 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Where can i get it i live in South Africa Gauteng Pretoria East.

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on February 21, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      Look for local health stores or order online from somewhere that ships to you!

  6. by: karen stoloff
    Posted on December 28, 2013 at 1:13 am

    I heard that coleus forskholi will reduce eye pressure. I just bought from Life Extension Advanced Bio-Curcumin with Giner & Turmerones and Astaxanthin.

  7. by: raj
    Posted on December 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    please send me chemical composition of ‘coleus forskohlii’.

  8. by: Toks
    Posted on January 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Does coleus forskohlii work for glaucoma

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on February 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Yes, research shows coleus forskohlii can help with glaucoma.

  9. by: Jacob O. Midiwo
    Posted on January 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you for the general information on Coleus forskohlii.
    There is a small problem with the daily recommended dose. The lower amount is indicated as 25m. Hopefully this is 25 mg. Also is it not 250 mg because the range of 25 mg to 300 mg is rather odd. Is there distinction of adult and child doses?

    Please clarify. I am a potential user.


    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on February 21, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out Jacob, we changed that to 25 mg! The problem is, different studies use different amounts in their testing, and there is no standard dose. Most adults take 100-250 mg daily and experience good results. That’s what I would suggest.

  10. by: Marietjie
    Posted on January 28, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    what if I am an epileptic?

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on February 21, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      Marietjie, coleus forskohlii is used in traditional medicine to treat epilepsy symptoms. Recent research shows it relaxes smooth muscle tissue and may help alleviate epilepsy. Bottom line, coleus forskohlii won’t hurt individuals with epilepsy, and it might help.

  11. by: Sue
    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 3:22 am

    I have developed terrible tinnitus. A friend suggested bio flavonoids. The sales person suggested I add coleus Forskohill for circulation to head area. What are your thoughts on this?

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on March 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Well, coleus forskohlii will improve circulation, especially to the brain, which could help with your tinnitus. However, tinnitus can be caused by a variety of things: emotional stress, loud noises, ear infection, wax buildup, etc. There isn’t a cure-all for everyone suffering from tinnitus because it can be caused by so many different things.

  12. by: emmajay
    Posted on March 20, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I am taking levothyroxine for hypothyroidism and I am 63 years old. Is this safe for me to take?

  13. by: Lebo
    Posted on March 24, 2014 at 6:31 am

    I have developed high blood pressure in 2011 caused by adreanal tumor the tumor was removed by surgery in 2013 but the blood pressure is still high, im taking pharmapress tablet a day. Will coleus forskhohlii help me.

  14. by: vincent vassallo
    Posted on May 19, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I’ ve been taking coleus forskolii for approximately 2 months now and I’ve noticed that I’ve lost about 2 kilos, so this seems to be be very promising if I keep on taking it regularly as I’ve done so far.
    However I’ve also noticed that I go to the restrooom more often ,which is not always very convenient! Excluding this everything is alright.

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on June 16, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks for the comment!

  15. by: Jane Eccleston
    Posted on May 19, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    I am taking 5-HTP 50 MG. Just saw on dr oz that the forskohlii also helps with weight loss. I am really not heavy but these last 10 pounds impossible to get rid of.

    I read that you can take both of these supplements. Should I spread them out? Example 1 hour apart or can I take both at same time.


    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on May 20, 2014 at 1:32 am

      Jane, taking both at the same time should be fine. However, checking with your doctor is always a good idea because individual circumstances vary.

  16. by: Gary
    Posted on June 16, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I have started taking 2 124mg 20% Forskolii 2x per day for weight loss, high risk glaucoma and the blood pressure benefits. I was not aware of the anticoag action and I take 75mg Plavix each day should I stop using? Also, I have experienced the feeling of increased heart rate is that normal?

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on June 16, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Gary, you should talk to your doctor about any questions you have with prescriptions. I don’t know how Plavix works, so I can’t give you a solid answer here. Talk to your doctor.

  17. by: MS
    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I want to use CF for the treating Glaucoma. I am 41 years old female, 50 kg weight.

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on July 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Coleus would probably work well to help relieve your glaucoma! Let us know how it goes.

  18. by: gail
    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I have a friend taking Coleus forskohlii and green tea extract to help reduce cellulite. Can these both be used together and treat cellulite? Thanks

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on August 13, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Gail, those supplements can be taken simultaneously without problems.

  19. by: Ray Burgess
    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I read somewhere that this raised your testosterone level. Is this true and if so shouldn’t there be a warning about that fact for men with prostate cancer

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on September 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Ray, we’re not aware of any evidence that coleus affects testosterone levels.

  20. by: Ray Burgess
    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I have indolent prostate cancer and I read this raise the testosterone level. Can I still take this?

  21. by: claudia
    Posted on September 23, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I just received my supplements I ordered. Wished I had read your article/review first since I spent way too much! Do you know anything about PURE NATURAL FORSKOLIN line which was recommended by he Dr.’s and Oz?

    Also I get migraine headaches and have been given betta blockers to help them. Is this product contraindicated?

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on September 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Claudia, sorry to hear you got an expensive product! That’s a bummer. No, I don’t know anything about that line, but it doesn’t look too special.

      Those products should be fine to take together. Your doctor can give a better recommendation based on your situation though.

  22. by: Boris
    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm


    I intend to try the CF for glaucoma. Since I have sleeping problems too do you think it could worsen it or not?


  23. by: Boris
    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Is there any brand you can recommend?
    Seems like what Claudia bought is not that good…

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Boris, check out our top products. Those are the ones we recommend the most. And in regards to your question about sleeping problems, CF shouldn’t have any effect on your ability to sleep.

  24. by: larry
    Posted on January 3, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I have a mild case of cebellar ataxia , would this help , Im taking it for weight loss

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Larry, we aren’t familiar with the interactions between coleus and cebellar ataxia. You should consult your physician for help in your unique case.

  25. by: Raymond ALEOGHO Dokpesi
    Posted on January 10, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I urgently require about six bottles each of forskolin slim( Coleus forskohlii root extract); Super colon 1800.

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      Raymond, we don’t sell any product here. We’re just a review site.

  26. by: Paulette Walker
    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 5:13 am

    If taking medication for epilepsy, are there any known side effects?

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      Paulette, we aren’t aware of any side effects, but you should talk to your doctor about your specific medication.

  27. by: Alice
    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Is this safe for children? My 11 yr old son takes levothyroxine for hypothyroidism and also albuterol and pulmicort nebulizer treatments. Do you stop other treatments while trying Coleus?

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on March 18, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Alice, coleus is fine to take with other medications, but we aren’t completely sure on those specific treatments. You should talk to your son’s doctor to get exact information about your specific situation.

  28. by: Hans Shobert
    Posted on March 21, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I am 69 and have got a mild Paroxysmalis Fibrillatio atrii cordis. I take 5 mg Waran per day. The attacks are very intermittent and normally last a couple of hours. Blood pressure is normal, like my health i general. My doctor is not at all informed about Forskolin and I want something for my overweight. Do you think it reasonably safe for me to try Forskolin?

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on March 23, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Hans, Coleus affects blood pressure. Because of your condition, I would not recommend you use coleus for weight loss.

  29. by: T&G
    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I see M’s comment about albuterol on 3/23/14:

    “Inhalers such as albuterol should not be combined with coleus”

    In addition to Advair, I occasionally use a rescue inhaler for exercise induced asthma.

    Are there know risks for folks with asthma?

    Also, I currently take CLA for weight loss. Can you comment on using CLA vs CF?

    Thanks a bunch!

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on May 6, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      T&G, we aren’t aware of any risks of taking coleus forskohlii for those with exercise-induced asthma. Of course, your doctor who prescribes you the medication would be able to advise you further.

      CLA and CF are both weight-loss boosters, but they work differently. CLA increases the amount of fat you burn for energy; CF reduces your caloric intake. They can be taken together safely.

      Thanks for the questions, and good luck!

  30. by: Cecil moon
    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Does coleus lower eye pressure safely?

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on June 19, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Yes, Cecil.

  31. by: Marie
    Posted on June 4, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Just want to comment that I am taking Coleus Forskohlii for weight loss AND to reduce my blood pressure. I take 500 mg before lunch and dinner. I am also taking Green Coffee Bean extract and Source Naturals Diet Citrimax Complex containing Garcinia Berry. The combination of these 3 has helped reduce my appetite which is my problem. I love to eat, but I’m satisfied with much less food now.

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on June 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks for letting us know, Marie! Glad to hear it’s working well for you.

  32. by: Engedy
    Posted on June 19, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I got the tincture of coleus forskohlii root Was wondering about the dosage?

    • by: Michael Peters
      Posted on June 19, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Engedy, about 10-25 mg is a good starting dose.

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