Tribulus Terrestris : Effective T-Booster Or All Hype?
When you look at natural testosterone boosters, one ingredient that appears in a great number of them is Tribulus Terrestris.
Its actually one of the most popular natural ingredients in the world, but whats the real story behind it….
Does it really deliver on its claims and promises?
In this article, I take a look at Tribulus Terrestris. its source, and the tests of clinical studies that have looked at its potential for boosting testosterone.
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Extracted from the plant group Zygophyllaceae, an annual creeping plant common to Eastern Asia, China as well as parts of southern Europe. It has wide spread and well documented uses in Chinese medicine with its fruits being used for the treatment of various health problems including:
- Abdominal Distention
- High Blood Pressure
- Cardiovascular Disease.
In Indian medicine, the root is widely used with its uses aimed at treating
- Poor appetite and jaundice.
Also Known As
It can sometimes appear on ingredient labels as : Gokshura, Puncture Vine, Yellow Vine, Goathead and Caltrop.
There are no less than 25 species of Tribulus, with the types found in Bulgaria, China and India being said to be the most effective when used in supplement form.
The main components found in Tribulus include
- Sulphated Spirostanol saponins
- Vitamin C
Uses Of Tribulus Terrestris
Tribulus has been found to be beneficial when used to treat the following:
- Cardiovascular problems
- High Blood Pressure
- Menopausal symptoms
- Poor Appetite
- High Cholesterol
When used for libido enhancing purposes, using a 60% saponin extract, a dose of between 200-450mg per day is thought to be sufficient.
Clinical Studies That Looked At Tribulus Terrestris
Now although some results from animal studies can be repeated in humans, this results, even from our closest relations – monkeys many do vary because of the subtle but key differences in the human body.
Trials Involving Human Test Subjects
Most of the marketing hype surrounding Tribulus Terrestris is based on the results of one clinical trial carried out in 1985.
Using an extract containing 10% protodioscin. 16 humans ( 8 men, and 8 women) were given daily doses of tribulus terrestris. The results did return a significant increase in testosterone. The trouble with this study is that the number of test subjects is tiny.
Other studies have been performed since 1985 on healthy men and all have failed to replicate the results.
Does Tribulus Terrestris Boost Testosterone?
There was one other human trial carried on on a number of men who were suffering with low sperm count.
The results did show a very small increase in libido, erection strength and testosterone production.
The one problem was with this trial is the size of the dose that the test subjects had to take. They took 6000mg per day – a simply huge dose.
With most supplement makers recommending 500-1000mg per day at best – maybe 1500mg at a push, this would mean taking several horse sized pills to get this amount per day into your body.
Potential Health Problems/Side Effects
Let alone the potential for health problems – looking at webmd it can effect blood sugar levels and mess with medication in people with diabetes, it has shown to be potentially harmful to unborn babies when taken by pregnant women.
Considered safe to be taken for periods of up to 90 days, it has also been linked to some side effects that can include stomach pain, cramps, diarrhea, nausea, sleeping problems, and excess bleeding in menstrual women.
Eating the actual unprocessed fruit is not generally advised and is considered to be possible unsafe. There has been one isolated report of serious lung problems linked to eating the fruit.
My Conclusion On Tribulus Terrestris
In spite of the overwhelming hype and claims made by countless supplement manufacturers, the claims linked surrounding Tribulus terrestris as an effective testosterone boosting ingredient are largely unfounded and rather misguiding.
There is no solid clinical evidence that demonstrates a clear link to increased testosterone by taking Tribulus Terrestris.
The couple of human studies that have reported very mild increases in testosterone are isolated at best, and numerous further studies have failed to replicate the results.
As for the age old claims that it can boost libido and erection strength, again the results are rather limited, with no positive effects at all being recorded in otherwise healthy men.
“As one of the most over hyped testosterone boosting ingredients on the market, its not one that I would recommend that you take at all… “
That said if you did want to try it especially for libido boosting purposes, make sure that you take an extract that contains a minimum of 60% Saponins.
If you are looking for a clinically proven testosterone boosting supplement, a good place to start would be by looking at my recommended T-booster page (Click Here).
From my intensive studies and research, I have evaluated and reviewed many of the popular products out there and have, based on my findings, compiled a list of the products that deliver the best results, use only clinically approved ingredients (note Tribulus does not appear in ANY of them).
Whats more they all offer cash back guarantees which assure buyers of a full refund should they after taking as directed, be unhappy with the results.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
I am 58 years old, I currently live in London. I have one married daughter aged 33
I have always had a passion for fitness, In my younger days I was a keen swimmer and competed at county level both at home and abroad. I am also a keen squash and tennis player and have always been a keen gym goer.
I have a CPD accreditation in Sports Nutrition and am a published author with my articles featuring in some popular publications.
Over the past 12 years I have studied the effects of testosterone both in the younger man and as we get older, the effects of low or reduced testosterone and how increasing its production can really improve your health.
On a personal level, a number of years ago, I was diagnosed with Low-T myself, and my own in-depth research has helped me to redress my own health concerns.