What is Tribulus?
Tribulus terrestris is a plant found in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and other parts of the world, and is commonly referred to as puncture vine. Tribulus has been used in Chinese, Middle Eastern and Indian traditional medicine for many years, and has become increasingly mainstream since the 1990's.
The active ingredients in tribulus are called steroidal saponins, which are cultivated from the root and the leaves of the tribulus terrestris plant.
Where can I get Tribulus from?
Tribulus, in plant form, can be found in many countries all over the world. It is widely cultivated for therapeutic uses, and can be purchased from supplement stores, health food stores and traditional medicine shops.
What are Tribulus's Benefits?
Tribulus has been used for centuries to cure a wide range of ailments. Some traditional and current uses of tribulus are:
- Improving libido
- Increasing fertility
- Raising testosterone levels
- Curing headaches
Although many benefits of tribulus supplementation are anecdotal rather than research-proven, tribulus is an extremely popular supplement, and has been for many years.
What are Tribulus's Side Effects?
There are no proven side effects from tribulus terrestris supplementation. Some health concerns have been seen in a person who consumed the spiny, unprocessed tribulus fruit which resulted in a punctured lung. When tribulus extract is consumed in capsule form from a reputable manufacturer, no issues have been recorded.
It is best to avoid tribulus if you are pregnant, have prostate issues or have scheduled surgery, due to its effects on the body.
Tribulus dosage differs depending on the exact supplement used and the concentration of saponins in that supplement. Generally, approximately 300mg - 750mg of tribulus per day is the recommended dosage, but follow the instructions on the label always.
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