Tribulus terrestris is an annual plant that often grows in dry, challenging conditions, and is seen as an invasive weed in certain regions, such as North America. This plant is known by many common names, including goat’s head, bullhead, bindii, caltrop, tackweed, and devil’s weed, among many others. All of the plant parts have been applied in traditional medicine, particularly in the Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions. After the flower of this plant blooms, it is soon followed by a small fruit composed of 4-5 nutlets, which act like burs. There are sharp spines on the outside of these nutlets, but the seeds inside are a source of nutrients.
Whether creating a decoction, an herbal tea of the dried leaves or a powder of the nutlets and seeds, this plant contains various sterols, saponins, and beta-sitosterol, which can have measurable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the body. This herbal remedy also contains adaptogens, specialized compounds that can help your body learn to defend itself more effectively.
Here are 7 benefits of tribulus terrestris extract:
1. Male Sexual Tonic
A powerful sexual tonic, Tribulus tops the charts of herbal Viagra. Studies have shown that this herb elevates the luteinising hormone (LH), increasing the levels of free testosterone in healthy males. This in turn will increase sexual desire and libido, improve the quality of sperm whilst making it more nimble, in some cases it will help to remedy erectile dysfunction and it has been proven to be helpful in cases of premature ejaculation.
2. Powerful Aphrodisiac
One of the main properties of tribulus terrestris which has widely been accepted by both traditional and Western medicine is those associated with providing a natural boost to the libido.
Indian and Chinese medicine have both traditionally used this herbal extract to boost sexual health in males and females. It is thought that the active ingredient, protodioscin, a steroidal saponins found in tribulus terrestris, is responsible for this positive aphrodisiac effect.
3. Stimulate the Production Of Sex Hormones
One of the main compounds of this herb is a phytochemical known as "protodioscin", with one study showing it helps to boost nitric oxide production. Nitric Oxide is an essential element of an erection, enabling the smooth muscles of the penis to relax, allowing uninterrupted blood to flow to this area. Tribulus will stimulate the production of sex hormones without affecting other bodily systems.
4. Act As Training Supplement
As a bodybuilding or training supplement, Tribulus is hard to beat. It contains one steroidal saponin in particular – protodioscin – which is thought to be the active nutrient responsible for this herbs popularity amongst athletes.
Specifically, protodioscin promotes the release of nitric oxide which in turn increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood to muscles, and enables better use of nutrients such as protein. At the same time protodioscin stimulates the pituitary gland resulting in it producing LH, thus promoting higher testosterone levels.
5. Help Improve Female Sexual Health
Tribulus has been found to alleviate symptoms of the menopause, such as hot flushes, depression and emotional instability. Regular use of this herb during the menopause can treat the loss of sexual interest at this time. This potent herb may stimulate androgen receptors in the brain, helping the body respond positively to hormones such as testosterone. Although testosterone is associated with men's health, free testosterone production in women also has a positive effect on libido.
6. Boosting Mood
Though previous reports of the positive effect of tribulus terrestris on mood have largely been anecdotal, recent studies have shown a quantifiable effect, comparable to that of imipramine or diazepam.
In doses of 2g, corticosterone and corticotropin levels were reduced to normal levels. It was observed that tribulus terrestris was as effective as a clinical dose of fluoxetine as an anti-depressant.
7. Supporting Urinary Health
Tribulus terrestris is also useful to help with urinary issues like poor output. As a diuretic, it especially helps people with hypertension. In fact, in trails to test its diuretic benefits, it was also found that the herb helped bring down blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Not just that, it can help with diabetes as well, as tests have further shown.
Practitioners of the Indian system of Ayurveda and the traditional Chinese medicine have known about this herb for centuries and have used it as well. Apart from its ability to treat sexual problems, it can also be useful in improving athletic performance. In this post, I shared with you 7 benefits of tribulus terrestris extract.
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