Ask The Trainer #24 – Is Tribulus A Legit Test Booster?

Ask The Trainer #24 - Is Tribulus A Legit Test Booster?

QUESTION:

What are your thoughts about using tribulus? Does age matter? Also, do you see or hear of any side effects from taking it?

Thanks,

Christopher


ANSWER:

Christopher,

Tribulus Terrestris (or Puncture Vine) is probably one of the most popular herbs on the market being touted as a legit natural testosterone booster.

The reason Tribulus gained this notoriety is due to some researchers claiming it has the ability to increase Luteinizing Hormone (LH) levels. Doing so would then stimulate the Leydig cells of the testicles to increase testosterone production.

The only problem with this theory is the fact that research has yet to provide any concrete evidence Tribulus supplementation will offer these particular benefits in humans.

You see, in the main study used to support the testosterone boosting effects of Tribulus, researchers actually injected large doses of Tribulus into baboons and rhesus monkeys.

This is quite a contrast to the guy walking into a supplement store to purchase a bottle of Tribulus capsules (which may not even be pure… or have an efficient delivery system for its active ingredients).

So, unless you’re a monkey injecting Tribulus intravenously, this study doesn’t offer any definitive evidence that Tribulus is an effective testosterone booster.

Furthermore, in some rat and rabbit studies, where Tribulus WAS orally administered, the results showed testosterone levels did not increase at all.

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Additionally, several studies sponsored by supplement manufacturers demonstrated that Tribulus extract, containing at least 10% Protodioscin, did, in fact, increase testosterone levels.

However, several other studies, which were not sponsored by supplement manufacturers, revealed that Tribulus did not increase testosterone levels. Overall, the science supporting Tribulus Terrestris is quite vague and inconclusive.

There are limited studies show that Tribulus could possibly be useful in lessening the symptoms of Angina—chest pain resulting from inefficient blood flow to the heart. There have also been a few studies showing some degree of benefit for certain people who are experiencing sexual problems and infertility.

Finally, regarding any type of natural testosterone booster. Unless you are over the age of 30, you’re probably not going to notice as much of an advantage using them.

Outside of any endocrine issues, your natural testosterone levels should already be on the higher end of the scale. Not to mention they can only get so high anyway.


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I will admit that using a REAL testosterone booster like Test Charge makes a world of difference for more ‘seasoned’ men like myself who are experiencing a natural decline in hormone levels due to the aging process.

The bottom line is this: I have not seen any research suggesting Tribulus is harmful to take. However, spending money on something that probably isn’t going to provide the intended benefit certainly IS harmful to one’s bank account.

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Chad Shaw

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