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As the author of a monthly newsletter, I’m forever “tinkering” with products purported to build muscle, burn fat, boost testosterone and be the second coming of steroids (or at least creatine). One of these is coleus forskholi, or forskolin.

The ads in some cases would have you believe this is Anavar. Scratch that: Better than Anavar. Yes, they really said that. Let’s get one thing straight: Forskolin doesn’t give results anywhere near any respectable dose of Anavar (or any other anabolic steroid, for that matter).

Which brings us to studies on the substance. At best, statistical trends toward more muscle and less fat have been noted in those using Forskolin, usually over a 12 week period. When it’s all said and done, I wouldn’t bet on Forskolin being a respectable non-hormonal anabolic (which is what it’s being positioned as).

Where the situation changes is though, is when it’s co-administered with compounds that activate beta-adrenergic receptors : By acting downstream of the beta-adrenergic receptor, Forskolin increases adenyl cyclase activity – thus elevating cAMP. This amplifies the intracellular signal that says, “burn fat”. The combination will maximize fat loss when co-administered.

So what’s this mystery compound that works synergistically with Forskolin? Ephedrine hcl

Available behind the counter at your local pharmacy, in the form of bronkaid tablets. 12.5 mg of ephedrine hcl, 125mg caffeine and 25mg of Forskolin two to three times/day.

Stack that with a sensible diet and wind sprints twice a week. That’s the right way to invest in Forskolin.


Enoksson,S. Blaak, E. Arner, P. Forskolin Potentiates Isoprenaline-Induced Glycerol Output and Local Blood Flow in Human Adipose Tissue in vivo – Enoksson – 2009 – Pharmacology & Toxicology – Wiley Online Library.

By | 2017-04-07T01:10:29+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Categories: Topics: Supplements|1 Comment

About the Author:

For almost 30 years, Rob has devoted his life to the pursuit of mastering physical culture. He is a former power-lifter, and is currently a radio personality, product formulator and an accomplished writer. Rob is perhaps best known for his strength training e-book series, The Blueprint. He can be found training hard in the gym every day, just like you. At almost 45 years of age, he can still be found doing 1 arm pushups. Also just like you, he takes this lifestyle seriously, with an eye for RESULTS. After all, RESULTS are what really matter. His goal is to help others learn from his hard won knowledge and first-hand experience.

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  1. Matt April 13, 2016 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips and suggestions on the best way to use forskolin – I found this site which was talking about the importance of activating/elevating cAMP levels – but your tips make it sound like this combo is much better than taking forskolin extract on its own – do you recommend cycling these 3 ingredients or is it safe for long term daily use? thanks!

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