- Nov 28, 2017 -
Tribulus Terrestris extract
Tribulus Terrestris is a low-growing flowering plant with small yellow flowers. Although native to the Old World, it has become naturalized throughout the rest of the world in warm climates, and can thrive in deserts and other poor growing conditions. It grows as an annual in colder climates. It gets its most commonly used name (Puncture Vine)from the caltrop-like seeds, which, when mature, are capable of puncturing feet, hooves, and even bicycle tires. It has many other common names besides puncture vine, including bindii, devil's thorn, devil's weed, caltrop,goathead and tackweed. It is extremely resistant to most of the techniques commonly used to control invasive plants, partly because the seeds maintain their viability for many years.
The active ingredients in Tribulus Terrestris Extract include saponins, lignin amides, flavonoids, alkaloids and glycosides.
As a dietary supplement, Tribulus Terrestris Extract has been shown in some animal studies to increase levels of testosterone and to increase sex drive and performance. Historically, it has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions, but today it is mainly used by athletes to increase strength and muscle mass, as well as for sexual enhancement in both men and women. A study in Bulgaria in the seventies alleged that it encouraged androgen production and reception. Some attribute the Olympic success of the Bulgarian weight-lifting team to the use of this herb. It continues to be used by those who believe that the active ingredients increase testosterone levels, as well as sexual and athletic performance. It is believed to increase sperm production in men and egg production in women. It also is used to treat erectile dysfunction.