Therapeutic Uses, Benefits and Claims of Tribulus Terrestris
Tribulus terrestris was used as a weapon by South African tribes. The thorny seeds were collected, dipped in poison and then placed on the ground waiting for rival tribes to step on.
Tribulus contains active compounds called steroidal sapoins which are mainly found in the leaf of the plant.
Tribulus seems to work by increasing the levels of luteinizing hormone. This hormone sends a signal through the body to start producing testosterone which is why it has become popular herbal remedy to increase libido and as an herb to improve fertility naturally.
The popularity of tribulus as an herbal remedy for erectile dysfunction might be because of its ability to relax smooth muscles and by this allowing greater blood flow to the genitals.
Because of its claim to increase testosterone levels naturally, it has become popular herb for body building and as a remedy to gain weight for men.
Although the above are some of it’s more commonly known uses it has been used traditionally for variety of other ailments. In Europe, China and India, herbalists have found some success in using tribulus as a natural treatment for lowering blood pressure and as an herb for high cholesterol It has also been used traditionally for nervous disorders, constipation and to stimulate the central nervous system and for the treatment of some types of headaches.
Tribulus terrestris demonstrates anti-microbial and anti-tumor properties as well. Finally, in addition to the plant’s active substances which seem to lower cholesterol, it also appears to act as an antioxidant.
Some researchers are also getting positive results in the use of it for hypertension and diabetes treatment but more studies are needed.
Below are some of the benefits from supplementing with Tribulus:
- Improves muscle growth & body strength
- Reported to enhance libido sexualis & erectile function
- Reported to increase the number and motility of spermatozoa
- increases LH levels by 72% and testosterone levels by 41% in only five days
- Helps in alleviating some symptoms associated with male menopause
- No adverse effects
- No toxicity and side effects
Tribulus is an excellent supplement to take at the end of a prohormone cycle to help kick start your own testosterone production again. And it can also be effectively used to increase strength gains and aid in helping you get over a plateau.
Dosage and Administration
The usual dosage of tribulus terrestris is 500mg two-three times daily, with meals.