Tribulus terrestris is a plant native to parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. It also grows as an exotic weed in parts of North America and Australia. As most plants do, it has multiple common names, but is often called puncture vine, because of the large spines on the hard, nut-like fruits. The plant and its extracts have been used medically to treat a variety of conditions, though not all traditional uses are backed up by research. To learn more, read on.
Why Do People Choose Tribulus?
Tribulus is a traditional treatment for many different health problems. In Ayurveda, it is used to treat sexual disorders in both men and women. It has also been used to improve athletic performance and cardiovascular health. Some scientific studies suggest that Tribulus extracts may indeed be helpful in some cases, but not all traditional uses have been tested.
Despite the lack of proof, Tribulus remains a popular way to address erectile dysfunction, low fertility, and premature ejeculation in men, as well as menopausal symptoms in women. The plant is thought to increase sexual desire and performance in both men and women and it is popular among athletes and bodybuilders as a testosterone booster.
What’s not to like?
Possible Risks and Side Effects
Although some animal or test-tube-based studies do suggest that Tribulus may work, the plant has not been tested for effectiveness in human beings. That means the jury is still out on whether it actually works. And even if it does work, without human studies, it is impossible to know what dosage is best.
Tribulus extracts are probably safe for most people to take for short periods. Possible side effects include trouble sleeping and irregular menstrual cycles. But existing research does suggest some more serious potential problems, such as an increased risk of prostate cancer, risk to fetuses or nursing babies whose mothers take Tribulus, and several possible drug interactions.
Do not take Tribulus if you are pregnant or nursing, or if you are taking any of the following medications:
- Calcium channel blockers
- ACE inhibitors
Tribulus supplements are available, either alone or mixed with other ingredients, in both powder and pill forms. Recommended dosage varies, because safe dosage has not yet been established through research. When in doubt, consult a qualified herbalist.
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