What is Tribulus Terrestris?
Tribulus Terrestris (puncture vine) is a vine plant that grows
in moderate and tropical climates.
Tribulus Terrestris has been used around the world for a variety
of ailments. Tribulus was traditionally used by the Greeks as a
diuretic, rejuvenation tonicand, and mild laxative; for headaches,
nervous disorders, and sexual dysfunction. In China and India, tribulus
terrestris has been used for a variety of health conditions affecting
liver, kidney, urinary, and cardiovascular systems. This plant has
been used as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and as a mood enhancing
Much of the interest surrounding Tribulus terrestris is based on
its ability to raise testosterone levels. Tribulus terrestris is
being promoted as a testosterone booster for the purpose of building
muscle and increasing sex drive. Tribulus is that it's not a hormone.
Tribulus terrestris increases testosterone levels by increasing
luteininzing hormone (LH) levels. LH is the hormone that signals
the body to start making natural testosterone.
It is a natural herbal alternative to synthetic anabolic hormones
without any clinically proven toxic effects. Many athletes and bodybuilders
have found tribulus a safe and natural alternative to anabolic steroids.
Tribulus helps reduce cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure,
inhibits stress-induced clumping of blood platelets, increases the
strength of contraction of the heart muscle, reduces sodium and
fluid retention, enhances the immune system. It acts as an urinary/kidney
stone preventing and litholytic (dissolving), improvement of the
profile of red and white blood cells, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal,
anti- inflammatory, and analgesic effects. It restores and improves
libido, improves and prolongs the duration of erection.
No significant adverse effects have been reported from supplementation
with Tribulus terrestris. Some users report an upset stomach, which
can usually be counteracted by taking it with food. Tribulus exhibits
a mild diuretic effect.