October 2, 2023
Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus Terrestris and its effects on muscle building



If I could recommend a phytopharmaceutical for sports and bodybuilding use I would choose this one, I tried it and it worked out pretty well at the end of a definition cycle. Tribulus Terrestris a few years ago began to be advertised in bodybuilding magazines, in Chile I have seen it marketed by Universal Nutrition and Optimum Nutrition, but its history comes from much earlier.

The Tribulus terrestris It has a long history of traditional medicinal use in China, India, and Greece. Tribulus in Latin means “prickly”, also known as “thorny creeper” or “fruit of the thistle”. This adaptogen, originally from Bulgaria, has been used for centuries in Europe for the treatment of infertility and impotence and as a “stimulant” to increase libido and sexual “performance”, both in men and women. In addition, it has been beneficial in the treatment of ischemic heart disease.

Studies conducted in Bulgaria are the main source of most current health claims regarding tribulus. According to this research, tribulus increases the levels of various hormones, including testosterone, DHEA and estrogen, and for this reason improves sports performance, fertility in men and women, sexual function (again in men and in women). women) and menopausal symptoms (such as hot flashes), also in andropause .

Other studies that are too preliminary to show anything are widely cited to show that tribulus is useful for the treatment of coronary syndrome, high cholesterol, diabetes and muscle spasms and for the prevention of kidney stones.

The latest, best-designed human study compared the effects of tribulus (3.21 mg per kilogram of body weight – for example, 292 mg per day for a 200-pound man) against a placebo (fake treatment) on body composition and endurance among 15 men dedicated to resistance training ( see article ). At the end of the 8-week study, the only significant difference between the treatment and placebo groups was that the placebo group showed greater gains in endurance (???).

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Tribulus terrestris is normally taken at a dose ranging from 85 to 250 mg 3 times daily with meals. Some tribulus products are standardized to provide 40% furostanol saponins and taken at a dose that provides 115 mg of saponins 2-3 times daily.

No significant adverse effects have been observed in any of the clinical trials or human research studies on tribulus. Animal studies conducted in Bulgaria were mentioned as having found tribulus safe for both the short and long term. However, it is not clear whether these studies were conducted in such a way that their conclusions can be relied on. Tribulus is known to have a toxic effect on sheep (but less so than the Argentine growth hormone CRECER intended for use in sheep and causing hepatotoxicity in humans).

Caution : Women who are pregnant or lactating should not use any tribulus products, as working as described could alter hormones to unsafe forms.
Although it improves libido and erection, it should NOT be combined with VIAGRA, there is a presence of high levels of nitrates in the plant, which can therefore trigger heart problems.

In summary I recommend it for:

  1. It is safe and I believe in some of the effects described.
  2. Improves intra and post cycle LH.
  3. Protects the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis balance.
  4. It is not expensive.
  5. It is a good complement to manage Andropause.

And where do I find it? I recommend you buy it on the IFBB Pro Chileno Christian Lobarede website and BodyShop