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Coleus Helps With Weight Loss

The herb Coleus (Coleus forskohlii) could be an important part of your weight loss program. There have been a number of clinical trials showing that Coleus not only helped with actual with weight loss, but more importantly it increased lean muscle mass, resulting in a loss of centimeters. Remember muscle weighs more than fat. So, when you are trying to lose weight don’t get too caught up with the scales. Your changing measurements (and the way your clothes are getting too big!) are the best indication of how you are going.

One study conducted in the United States showed that although there was no change in food intake, overweight women taking Coleus extract experienced weight loss.
A Japanese study over 12 weeks showed there was a significant decrease in body weight and body fat in 14 overweight women and men when coleus extract was administrated. Research done in India showed a significant difference in weight loss between a group that received coleus and the group that received a placebo.

Results of the Indian study showed those taking Coleus had an increase in serum HDL, our good cholesterol (LDL- bad cholesterol), therefore helping prevent heart problems. Coleus also helps to reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension. In addition to its cardiovascular benefits, Coleus appears to stimulate thyroid function, thus increasing metabolic rate further helping with weight loss. Coleus aids digestion by increasing the secretion of gastric secretions, helping with food breakdown and digestion.

It is important to have a high dose of Coleus to achieve these results. In my clinic I use a Coleus tablet that I prescribe at a dose of 2 to 3 tablets daily and this gives the same dose as that used in the clinical trials. I usually prescribe Coleus as part of a total weight loss program designed for each individual.

Caution – there are some situations when Coleus should not be taken so it is best to seek professional advice.

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