Coleus Forskohlii Extract – An overview

Coleus Forskohlii is a species of coleus. It is in use from years. Usage can be traced even in the traditional medicines. There are plenty of products available in the market today which include some form of Coleus. Even Ayurvedic medicine in India is using it from years. In India and throughout South Asia it is considered as a common remedy for number of ailments.


Coleus is also called as Coleus barbatus. Coleus Forskohlii is one of the extracts from Coleus plant. It is actually a root extract of the plant – the root of Plectranthus barbatus extract. It is useful in many ailments among them it has become popular in the treatment f cardiovascular disorders. Nowadays it has become popular in gym as remedy for weight loss. Individuals who come with a need of perfect physique, are treated with this. It is even helpful in treating obesity. Some reports even state that it can even be used for lung issues and eye disorders like glaucoma. The main thing to keep in mind is always one need to choose high-quality and safe coleus forskohlii.

Things to keep in mind:

Forskohlii is said to be extracted from flowers, leaves, roots and fruit of the plant. Coleus plant is in use from many years and by many cultures. Herbal as well as prescription medications used for common ailments have been produced from this plant. Majority of herbal medication is said to found in Asian and African countries.

When buying Coleus forskohlii, one should look at the ingredients properly. Standardized extract of the herb Coleus should be mentioned in the ingredients list. Then it is safe to use. Initially active ingredients are extracted from the herb. Then while producing medicines from them, they will add the concentrated form of the compounds. Extract is nothing but the concentrated form of the compounds. Standardized form always indicated the quality, purity and potency of the extract. Medicine is considered highly pure if the purity indication is 95%.

The extracts of Coleus Forskohlii are found in many forms. Liquid, capsules and even tablet form is available in the market. Either Coleus Forskohlii or similar component of the extract should be seen on the label while buying this product. Regardless of the manufacturer and the brand of the compound, the label should contain the active and inactive ingredients.  It should also contain the dosage instructions like how many tablets per day, when to take the tablet before or after food.

It is very important to check even the expiry date and manufactured date of the medicine. If the medicine is near expiration date it may be less effective. If the medicine has passed the expiration date then it should not be used.

The brand or company from which the medicine has taken should be a reputed one. If it is new in the market, then better to look for user reviews. Better do a research on brand reviews also. If the brand has bad reviews or complaints already lodged then that medicine should be avoided.

5 Lessons from Ayurveda that Help You Stay Young

Treatments, medicines, and tips for retaining their youth is much sought-after.Though it is a dream to stay young permanently, there are a few practices that can be incorporated with the help of Ayurveda to slow down the aging process and look and feel your best. Many creams and serums are available in the market that promise to show positive results in this respect.However, many such chemically produced products can prove to be harmful in the long run. When it comes to these matters, it is well-known that Ayurveda has fewer side effects as they incorporate natural ingredients and a holistic approach to well-being.

Here are some of the best Ayurveda practices that can help you look young

Having a balanced diet

A balanced diet must contain mealsthat are prepared including all the essential food groups. It is recommended that fresh vegetables and fruits be an important part of your daily diet. The meals you eat everyday should include all kinds of taste including sourness, saltiness, sweetness and pungent taste. Consuming protein-rich food is also recommended to maintain a balanced diet. Proper intake of carbs and protein in a day should be ensured, this is a major part of keeping that skin glowing and staying healthy.

Sleeping on time

Getting enough sleep in a day is essential to stay young and have a healthy lifestyle. Starting the day early is recommended by Ayurveda. Getting in a session of yoga and meditation early in the morning also proves to be useful in maintaining good health and helps in staying young for a long time.

Massage regularly

Oil massages using Ayurvedic oils offer great benefits to the skin by making the skin supple and relaxing the muscles. Ensuring proper hydration to the skin delays the ageing process and keeps the skin moisturised thus, protecting you from many skin diseases. Massages have a soothing effect on your body and mind and help in obtaining relief from stress.

Exercise regularly

Exercise combined with yoga can help you increase the blood circulation in the body and boost the immune system. Exercising regularly makes you fit and gives a glow to your skin making you look younger.

Exploring outdoors

It is essential that you spend some time in the day away from your chaotic routine. Make some time to spend at a park or move away from the city life during the weekends.Indulge in trekking or take simple walks close to thenatural environment to feel young and energetic.

Ayurveda uses natural means of keeping the body at peace with effective results. You can also use different kinds of online Ayurveda medicines at Zigy, which is one of the best online pharmacy has reliable services to deliver medicines at your doorstep. Our online pharmacy helps you order prescription drugs and healthcare products easily.

Rainforest Alliance claims paper industry helps conservation

Rainforest Alliance claims paper industry helps conservation.
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When 2 opposing forces can be presented alongside each other, sometimes all becomes a lot clearer. In the case of The Rainforest Alliance and the Asia Pulp and Paper company (APP), perhaps you will agree. The Alliance audited all of the pledges made by this beleaguered deforester and came up with quite a result.

2013 saw the APP presenting a Forest Conservation Policy in response to conservationists who really would rather it just gave up. Those tropical rainforests are almost lost and constitute perhaps the most precious resource on earth. We just can’t price it! Pulping paper from wood or growing monocultures of oil palms just seems sensible if you look at the profits. How can you capitalise on a tiny frog hidden in the leaf litter?

The answer is that you can, but it takes publicity, tourism and a whole lot of new problems, but at least it is possible to maintain your forest for future use. It is called sustainability, but not the kind that grows acres of spruce or acacia for paper, depending on your climate.

Last week the Rainforest Alliance revealed they thought that APP had met many pledges, so somebody has put some work in on the forestry side. What do Rainforest Alliance mean though by seeming to support the enemy! Richard Donovan reveals the skew on the argument while his opposite number, Aida Greenbury (good name), who is the manager of sustainability at APP welcomes them with the statement, the evaluation provides valuable feedback and we are pleased in any areas where our progress is acknowledged and verified. We believe that the report recognizes our efforts to achieve deforestation are on the right track. However, our Forest Conservation Policy and measures are not carved in stone. We must have the courage to continually improve the policy as we go. That certainly beats the lack of progress with another pulp and paper producer, APRIL, who are busy destroying the Padung Island environment, off the Sumatran coast.

Aida obviously intends to implement her action plan in 2015, to update the Forest Conservation Policy. The audit of 21 APP concessions in Borneo and Sumatra, mainly involving fieldwork, listing goals achieved or progress in the form of limited or moderate.>

Despite the lack of any glaringly successful progress, the Alliance stated that moderate progress had been made in halting the clearance of natural forest and engaging with one community and NGOs. Mixed tropical hardwood supplies had also been halted by the company, although I would want some definitions there, as many mixed hardwoods were cut before the FCP came into force. Positive moves in ending business with rogue suppliers sounds a much better move, but only one supplier has been excommunicated so far.

The worst comments on this audit are around the lack of commitment to indigenous communities and their rights. Hundreds of conflicts have arisen, with only one resolution agreement so far. It seems that APP have to learn to give a little, in order to achieve their own objectives. Lafcadio Cortesi of another group, the Rainforest Action Network brought up this point while Christopher Barr of Woods and Wayside International has indicated thatThe Rainforest Alliance report says nothing about whether APP’s existing plantation resource base will be able to meet the group’s fiber supply on a sustainable basis over the medium- to long-term,

Forest management-the sustainable approaches

Forest management-the sustainable approaches.

The use of butterfly breeding by Papua New Guinea villages was recently brought up as an example of conservation in action. The 1997 (and previous) articles by Larry Orsak, who directed the Christensen Research Institute in Madang at the time, was one of the original reports. The 3 authors here, rather than destroy the forest by logging, argued for strategies that would enable forest people to hunt, harvest and develop their own resources in ways that maintain the habitat. Sustainability of course is the aim, with hopefully some regeneration of forest in these areas. The 2 main butterflies involved are the world’s largest and fastest, the Queen Alexandra and Goliath birdwings.

To clarify the position, empowerment of local interests is one of the keys to sustainable development. The alternative is large scale farming or deforestation such as that developing oil palm, sugar cane or similar cash crop monocultures. If logging or mining were adopted in any specific location, some local employment would be expected to enhance the regional economy in a minor way, while all such loss of habitat must obviously have limits. We need to assess just where that limit is for every case, with an obvious input needed from local people. The struggle against loggers was shown up in our 2014 article, highlighting the problems for Indonesian fauna.

The butterflies of both Indonesia and Papua New Guinea have been shown to help, because rare butterflies are “common” in the few remaining tropical forest areas, as they rapidly decrease in area. As Larry describes, at that time, people bought products of the rainforest such as Brazil nuts to support tropical conservation efforts. He notes how the PNG government set up an Insect Farming and Trading Agency(IFTA) in Bulolo with sales of $400,000 pa. Only villagers were allowed to sell the insects to this agency, with the 2 largest birdwings (in the world!) being especially bred in gardens with Aristolochia and its pipevine relatives as their foodplant.

When the villagers sustainably manage their insects, prices can be maintained with increases and consumer demand related to conservation outcomes. While suggestions on selling non-rare species are commendable, it is hard to understand how demand would continue for butterflies, beetles or similar items unless the market was unfairly manipulated. It is obvious that plants, feathers and other almost touristic sales products might need to be developed, given great insight into worldwide popularity. Collectors of butterflies for example would possibly be very good customers, while there could be a limited market for items where there was no long-established demand.

One example that can be observed in action is in The Gambia. Villagers there have used palm leaf furniture (the coconut-like Rhun palm, Borassus aethiopum), honey and tree nurseries to spark their forest product industries into life, given a pre-existing eco-tourism interest on the large Gambia River. Community forests replaced some of the state-managed forestry projects in the 1990s, but these local industries were unfortunately not developed then. Fuel wood is admittedly one of the forest products that elsewhere has caused desertification and gradual deforestation. Here in The Gambia, $50 of wood has become worth $700 because communities organised themselves into a federation. The FAO drew attention to this hopefully good news in 2005.

To bring things up-to-date across the continent, this year has seen Tanzania gain renewed interest in forest logs and trees. With a modern tractor for their farming activity, Nahanga villagers have used their governments Kilmo kwanza initiative (using finance from Finland) to use forest products to subsidise their agriculture. They also built an office and a health centre. The Nahangans bought their own forest, then sold scrub and cleared wood as fuel. Lack of facilities to sell forest products has obviously stopped many villages from following the lead of Nahanga, but the education into the many possible ways of benefiting from abundant forest resources is a very big problem. Whether butterflies or other insects can be sold, whether nuts from the palms or other trees have any value other than basic food are questions we all need to answer for forest peoples everywhere. From colder rain foresst in North America or Tasmania to the truly tropical variety, the biodiversity is never questioned. Such resources need advertising to not just developed areas, but also the very people who could profit from their local produce.

Everyone, including the climate changers needs these forest resources for very different reasons. There is an equally complex set of reasoning behind their potential. Whether we buy something from the forests or reject it depends on those who work today for or in these dwindling resources.

Stunning Photos Of Norway’s Reindeer Hide A Radioactive Secret

Nearly three decades have passed since the devastating meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine. Yet, all these years later the fallout from the disaster continues to have a detrimental environmental effect.

The deadly 1986 explosion at Chernobyl resulted in a mass evacuation and the relocation of hundreds of thousands of people living in surrounding areas. Radiation spread across the region.

Today, more than 1,000 miles away from the disaster site, residual poisons linger in the quiet pastures of central Norway in an unsuspecting host: radioactive reindeer.

Norwegian scientists point to the reindeer’s diet as the reason for their contamination, according to Norway’s The Local news site. Gypsy mushrooms, which the reindeer eat, absorb radioactive caesium-137 particles that have drifted north over time and accumulated in Norwegian soil.

This poses a problem for Norway’s indigenous Sami people. They brave the country’s harsh climate to herd the reindeer as a means of economic survival andcultural tradition, but this has become dangerous. The Sami harvest the animals for meat production, but as a result of the recent rise in radioactivity levels, many are not safe for consumption, which is impacting their livelihood.

In 2014, the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority reported that they detected radioactivity in the reindeer. Radiation levels in meat can be found by analyzing the amount of becquerels — a unit for measuring radioactivity– of caesium-137 per kilogram, and the numbers they detected were as high as 8,200 becquerels per kilogram in reindeer, according to The Local.

In comparison, the Japanese Ministry of Health set the safe consumption limit of caesium-137 at 500 becquerels per kilogram following the country’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

A Sami riding his snowmobile through the mountains as the herd is driven toward the corral.

Reindeer run to avoid the herders’ lasso inside the corral. The very young reindeer are snared and have their ears tagged with a unique family mark.

Reindeer chew on lichen, fed to them by the herders.

A young reindeer is selected for tagging.

A vet’s assistant reads from a device measuring the radiation in a reindeer selected for slaughter.

The herd swirls around young Sami men inside the corral.

How You Can Exercise AND Save The Planet!

What is it that motivates you to exercise? Is it weight loss? Do you want a healthy heart?  Or is it a clear mind you want? Are there some jeans hidden in the back corner of your wardrobe that you’re just desperate to get into again? All of these are viable and helpful motivators for exercise.  And the more motivators you have to stay active, the more likely you will be to stick to your routine and achieve your goals.

Well here’s a new motivator you can add to your list: You can now exercise and save the planet at the same time.

“Green” Exercise Machines

During my regular workout at my Northampton gym last week, my instructor, knowing my interest in all things green, gave me some incredible news. There’s a new breed of exercise equipment that is actually making it possible to save the planet while you exercise. “Green” exercise machines allow the user’s workout to power the lights, stereos, televisions and all the other amenities in the gym. How amazing is that?

These machines are a great reminder of the opportunities there are for utilizing human exercise as a viable energy source. Wouldn’t it be amazing to cut your energy bills each month just by doing your usual cardio workout? Equipment like this can also bring an entirely new motivation and dimension to your exercise regime. Suddenly, your spin class is not only about toning your bottom! It is spectacularly transformed into a workout that contributes to global health. The electricity generated by 45 minutes of exercise might seem like a drop in the ocean, but like everything eco-friendly – every little step (or spin) makes a difference — now that’s really motivating!

You can Build your Own Green Gym

I’m hopeful that before we know it there’ll be a “green gym” around every corner, but if there isn’t one in your neighbourhood as yet, there are still things you can do to exercise the eco way! If your gym is within a few miles of where you live or work, then why not bike, walk or run to get there? The petrol you’ll save from driving to and from the gym will make a big difference to the planet, and you’ll even have half of your cardio done by the time you step foot inside the gym! You could also try walking to and from the bank or the shops – and carrying full reusable shopping bags on the way home is a great workout for your biceps!

Dust Extraction Systems – Choosing An Installation or Maintenance Service Provider

Installing and maintaining the necessary dust extraction systems for your company just isn’t realistic as the complex nature of these kinds of installations is such that it takes a great deal of experience and dedication along with a small arsenal of specialist equipment to get the job done right.

As such, whether you’re looking to have a new system installed or would simply like to have your current system checked, serviced and generally given the once-over, you’ll need to bring in the right professionals for the job. Sadly, this is where things get a little bit tricky as while there may be literally hundreds of large and small businesses out there looking to do the job on your behalf, all are most certainly not cut from the same cloth.

Quite the opposite, in fact.

What’s important to remember is the way in which all such dust and fume extraction installations play such a crucial role in the general health, wellbeing and indeed the output of any given workforce. As such, there’s much to be said for being not only proactive with the selection process, but as picky as you need to be in order to find  a provider that’s up to the job.

Here’s a quick rundown of a few essentials to factor into the vetting process:

1 – Time in Business

It’s often said that practice makes perfect and these kinds of heavy-industry applications are no exceptions to the rule. Of course there’s nothing to say that a company history going back years or decades will 100% guarantee a brilliant service package, but more often than not this kind of experience does indeed breed quality and competence. As such, it’s a good idea to look into how long they’ve been doing what it is that they do.

2 – Transparency

The subject of transparency is an important one and covers a fair few bases. However, perhaps the most important area of transparency of all is that of exactly how they go about what they do and the equipment they use to get the job done. More often than not, those service providers that are literally beaming with pride about what they do will fully disclose everything they do and how they do it via their websites. And if not, they’ll be more than happy to take you through things step by step if you ask. By contrast, others just expect you to throw money at them and take your chances without knowing what’s to come…this latter example not making good business sense, ever!

3 – Service Team

Something else they should also make clear is just how skilled, experienced and dedicated the service team is that they’ll be using to carry out the job if you take them on. The reason being that while the best in the business have their own teams of dedicated in-house engineers and installation experts, others outsource help for every job and will basically take on anyone that’s happy to work for a low price. Needless to say, the latter of the two doesn’t exactly bode well with your best interests so you might want to look a little deeper into the staff they choose. And if it’s not obvious, feel free to ask.

4 – Case Studies

In this instance, you should be looking for evidence of what they’ve accomplished in the past by way of case studies which must be accompanied by a visual and descriptive portfolio of work. It’s one thing to talk about a huge system installation you went about for a leading brand, but it’s another entirely to back up your claims with pictures and descriptions. The simple fact of the matter is that you need to know what you’re getting yourself into before signing on the dotted line – this tends to be the only way of making it happen.

5 – Feedback

Last but not least, it’s always a good idea to further investigate just how the provider performs when put to the test by looking for real-life feedback from real-world clients and customers. More often than not there will be at least some feedback examples to look through on the site itself, but if not, it’s simply a case of carrying out a quick web search to find out the truth. Chances are there’s something out there to be found directly from the mouth of the customer – it can turn out to be quite revealing to say the least.