The herb Tribulus terrestris (also known as puncture vine) first gained prominence as a “secret weapon” employed by Bulgarian weightlifters. Tribulus terrestris is supposed to have many metabolic properties including increasing muscle growth, improving sex drive, and “boosting” male performance in the bedroom. There are also reports that Tribulus terrestris can treat colic pains, lower blood pressure and reduce your cholesterol levels.
Mechanism of Action
Tribulus is believed to work by increasing the body’s levels of luteinizing hormone (LH), produced by the body’s pituitary gland. LH in turn stimulates the testes to boost production of testosterone. It’s commonly known that testosterone improves the body’s ability to build muscle mass and strength. That’s why synthetic testosterone and related supplements (in the form of anabolic steroids) are so popular. It should be emphasized, however, that Tribulus is not a hormone supplement or prohormone. Because it works by increasing the body’s natural production levels of testosterone, it works only within the body’s natural limits to help men achieve their strength and muscular potential.
Tribulus will not cause the body to indefinitely produce more and more testosterone, but rather it balances natural hormone levels. As with any supplement, Tribulus is no quick-fix miracle product. It will only help to improve strength in conjunction with an exercise program that places the muscles under strain and then allows them to recover. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the best dosage is 750 to 1,500 milligrams per day. As of this publication, Tribulus terrestris is legal and doesn’t fall under the Anabolic Control Act.