What is Tribulus
is a natural herb, commonly known as the puncture vine, that has been
used for centuries in Europe as a treatment for impotence and as a
stimulant to help enhance sexual drive and performance. On the
athletic front, this potent herb has been studied and observed to
enhance LH (luteinizing hormone) production and boost testosterone
levels. This powerful extract, like DHEA and Androstenedione, can help
elevate testosterone levels safely and its effects have been coveted
by Bulgarian athletes for decades.
Why should I use
Like DHEA and
Androstenedione, Tribulus terrestris can naturally support
testosterone production. Testosterone is vital because it plays many
key roles in our bodies including building muscle size and strength.
Athletes are using Tribulus terrestris to help ensure that their
levels of this natural hormone are at normal levels at all times. This
can thus ensure that testosterone levels are maintained through a
natural platform without the use of dangerous drugs like steroids.
What research has
been done on Tribulus Terrestris?
When scientists first
started researching Tribulus terrestris, it was for the sole purpose
of discovering a safe, natural treatment for sexual deficiencies. This
research led to the discovery that Tribulus terrestris significantly
elevated LH and testosterone levels. One follow-up study, conducted on
healthy men ages 28-45, showed that 3 doses of 250mg taken evenly
throughout the day for just five days elevated testosterone levels by
30% or more! Additional studies confirmed the previous study and also
showed that, in addition to a rise in testosterone levels, subjects
saw an increase in libido, frequency and strength of erections and
recovery from sexual activity. Other changes that where noted
included: a reduction of cholesterol, improved mood and increased
What doses of
Tribulus Terrestris should be taken?
While there is no
definitive guide on how much Tribulus terrestris should be taken,
there are different guidelines suggested by experts in the medical
field. Most suggest 250-750mg per day taken evenly throughout the day.
What side effects
are caused by Tribulus Terrestris?
Just as with any
supplement, caution should be exercised when considering taking
Tribulus terrestris. In the research studies done, no adverse affects
where noted from the use of Tribulus terrestris. In addition, further
research demonstrated no adverse effects on the central nervous or
cardiovascular systems. At this time no toxicity or negative effects
presently exist when Tribulus terrestris is used as a nutritional
Should I cycle
There is no evidence
that shows conclusively what the optimal usage and duration of
Tribulus terrestris should be. Many of the research studies done used
750mg of Tribulus terrestris for short periods of time. Unlike DHEA
and Androstenedione, Tribulus terrestris is not manufactured by the
body, however, prolonged usage could down-regulate it's effects and
make it less potent and long term usage and its effects have not yet
been studied, therefore cycling Tribulus terrestris might be
There are different
"schemes" of cycling that have been reported to work. These
include a 3 week "on cycle" followed by a 1-3 week "off
cycle", or a descending dosage pattern such as 4-6 weeks
"on" followed by 3-6 weeks "off". As is the case
with all supplementation, better judgment is the key to success.
Knowing your body and its limits is as crucial to proper
supplementation as it is to proper training.