Coleus Forskohlii Extract
Latin name: Coleus forskohlii (Willd.) Briq
Test Method: HPLC
Function: It is a chemical found in the coleus herb that activates the enzyme adenylate cyclase.
Andenylate cyclase compound initiates a myriad of critical events and processes within all the cells of the human body.
Adenylate cyclase and the chemicals it activates are responsible for executing a number of important hormonal processes.
Stimulation that is caused by Forskohlin supposedly leads to blood vessel dilation, inhibition of allergic reactions, and possibly an increased secretion of thyroid hormone.
Forskohlin has other reported uses as well, including inhibition of the pro-inflammatory substance known as platelet-activating factor (PAF) 6 and inhibition of the spread of cancer cells.
1. As recorded in ancient Sanskrit texts, coleus has been used as a medical herb to treat heart and lung diseases, intestinal spasms, insomnia, and convulsions.
2. Some studies in humans have shown that direct application of a special preparation of forskolin to the eyes lowers eye pressure, whereby decreasing the risk of glaucoma.