The fitness world is always going through food and supplement cycles. Fat burners with carnitine, the lemon detox, krill oil, even spinach, thanks to a certain sailorman. Thanks to strong advertising and endorsements, we buy into the magic of it all.
Fads come and go but this world has a way of going back to the traditional method of building strength and stamina. A case in point is the buzz around tribulus terrestris. This spiny, fruit-producing plant is also called puncture vine and is no stranger to traditional forms of medicine. Practioners of the Indian system of Ayurveda and the traditional Chinese medicine have known about this herb for centuries and have used it as well. It’s mostly been used in body building and to treat sexual problems. It has also been used to improve athletic performance and to take care of the circulation and cardiac health of the body.
The extract is touted to have huge benefits. It aids with immunity, supports the urinary system and has positive effects on the libido as well. From a fitness perspective, it boosts testosterone, helping with muscle building, endurance and strength, among other things.
Of all the benefits of tribulus terrestris the fact that it enhances- naturally – the libido is the most heartening news for many people. This herbal extract contains protodioscin that works as an aphrodisiac, helping with duration and frequency of sexual behavior. In fact, it can be as effective as Viagra as studies on rats have proved. The specimens comprised a combination of not only healthy rats but also castrated ones. Tribulus terrestris has also been seen to boost sperm count by close to 50%. It can also be a boon for people suffering from Erectile Dysfunction. What helps libido also helps with ED and in improving stamina.
There are also cases where its consumption has resulted in elevated positive mood, making it a possible choice for anti-depression medicines.
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.
Apart from its libido enhancing qualities which seem to have most people excited, it’s also creating waves for being useful in handling pain. In fact, Middle Eastern countries like Iran have been using this as pain relief for a long time now.
There is no doubt that tribulus terrestris has a wide range of benefits for health, both physical and mental. Emotional health is directly and indirectly boosted as well, when one has a healthy, well-functioning body. However, tests aren’t the best guide to what your body can do and cannot. Efficacy depends on dosage and the condition of the patient. If you are on beta-blockers, medicines for diabetes, and nitrates, it may hamper their performance. It’s always better to check with a medical practitioner before trying something on your own.