Tribulus, also known as Puncture Vine, is a plant found in many warm regions. The best known member is Tribulus Terrestris, a widespread weed proven to increase the body's natural testosterone levels, thereby improving male sexual performance and help build lean muscle.
It appears to do so by stimulating androgen receptors in the brain. Tribulus terrestris increases testosterone by increasing gonadotropin releasing hormone with gonadotropic adaptogen compound containing Tribulus terrestris (GnRH) which in turn stimulates the production of LH and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
In our research, Tribulus was shown to enhance libido and erection due to the release of nitric oxide from the nerve endings innervating the corpus cavernosum (penis).
Tribulus Terrestris is effective in:
Scientific Literature and References
1. Mahmood A, Athar M. "Scanning electron microscopic observations on micro-organisms in the root nodules of Tribulus terrestris L. (Zygophyllaceae)." Scanning. 2006 Jul-Aug;28(4):233-5
2. Pandey, Ruchi1; Shankar, Bhavani1; Sainis, Krishna2 "Tribulus terrestris Fruit Extract Protects Against Oxidative Stress-Induced Apoptosis" Pharmaceutical Biology (Formerly International Journal of Pharmacognosy), Volume 45, Number 8, October 2007 , pp. 619-625(7)
3. Jagadeesan G, Kavitha AV. "Recovery of phosphatase and transaminase activity of mercury intoxicated Mus musculus (Linn.) liver tissue by Tribulus terrestris (Linn.) (Zygophyllaceae) extract." Trop Biomed. 2006 Jun;23(1):45-51
4. Liu XM, Huang QF, Zhang YL, Lou JL, Liu HS, Zheng H. "Effects of Tribulus terrestris L. saponion on apoptosis of cortical neurons induced by hypoxia-reoxygenation in rats." Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao. 2008 Jan;6(1):45-50.
5. Neychev VK, Mitev VI (Oct 2005). "The aphrodisiac herb Tribulus terrestris does not influence the androgen production in young men". J Ethnopharmacol 101 (1-3): 319–23.
6. Brown GA, Vukovich MD, Reifenrath TA, et al (Sep 2000). "Effects of anabolic precursors on serum testosterone concentrations and adaptations to resistance training in young men". Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab 10 (3): 340–59
7. Gauthaman K, Adaikan PG, Prasad RN (Aug 2002). "Aphrodisiac properties of Tribulus Terrestris extract (Protodioscin) in normal and castrated rats". Life Sci. 71 (12): 1385–96
8. Gauthaman K, Ganesan AP (Jan 2008). "The hormonal effects of Tribulus terrestris and its role in the management of male erectile dysfunction—an evaluation using primates, rabbit and rat". Phytomedicine 15 (1-2): 44–54
9. Bourke CA, Stevens GR, Carrigan MJ (Jul 1992). "Locomotor effects in sheep of alkaloids identified in Australian Tribulus terrestris". Aust Vet J. 69 (7): 163