Tribulus terrestris is a hardy plant that is capable of growing all around the world, even in the driest climates.
Technically, Tribulus terrestris is classified as a weed, in which it has coined many nicknames including goat's-head, bindii, bullhead, burra gokharu, bhakhdi, caltrop, small caltrops, cat's-head, devil's eyelashes, devil's-thorn, devil's-weed, puncture vine, and tackweed.
The tribulus terrestris bears spiny fruit that is thought to resemble the heads of horned animals, hence ‘goats heads’ and ‘devils thorns’. Tthe Latin word tribulos translates to ‘spiky weapon.’ Once again resembling the germinating fruit of the plant.
History of Tribulus Terrestris
For years, tribulus terrestris has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for male health. Ayurvedic medicine uses herbal extract to support the wellbeing of the urogenital and cardiovascular systems.
In Ayurvedic medicine tribulus terrestris is one of the ingredients in the Gokshuradi Guggul, which is given to support the genitourinary tract and remove kidney stones. It is also given for an number of other reasons including as a urinary disinfectant, aphrodisiac, astringent, digestive aid, appetite stimulant, antihypertensive or as a diuretic.
In chinese medicine, Tribulus terrestris is given to treat oedema, distension of the stomach, sexual dysfunction and eye disease. In more current times and western alternative medicine Tribulus terrestris is used as a dietary supplement for men’s health.
What does the evidence say?
Tribulus terrestris is rich in actives including saponins, flavonoids, glycosides, alkaloids, and tannins, however, the potency of these actives differ according to the geographic region the plant is grown in.
Science is not yet conclusive on the reason why tribulus terrestris is so effective. However, it is thought that it could increase androgen receptor density in the brain. This is thought to enhance libido and sexual wellbeing. However, there has not been any evidence that tribulus terrestris can improve fertility.
Health Claims from Article 13:1 Health Claims for Food
- For Sexual organs and hormone activity
- For Urination to help ease the flow of urine
- Urinary and Reproductive health
- Helps maintain the health of the respiratory system
- Has a soothing effect on the nervous system.
- Supports resistance to pain
- Helps maintain body and muscle tone and energy levels
- Supports the health of the skin
What is and efficacious dosage of Tribulus Terrestris
Most of the research on Tribulus terrestris has been conducted on rats rather than humans. However, this evidence has shown that 5mg of tribulus terrrestris per kilogram of body weight is a sufficient and efficacious dosage. In reference to ayurvedic medicine the typical dosage given was anywhere between 5-6 grams of root powder and 2-3 grams of fruit powder.
Vytaliving’s Tribulus Terrestris
Tribulus terrestris is a versatile herbal extract as it can be taken by the average person as well as bodybuilders and weightlifters. Tribulus terrestris is a popular herb within Ayurvedic medicine thought to enhance male virility and vitality. However, it has since been adopted by Western medicine where evidence has shown that it can increase overall wellbeing as well as improve urinary health, virility and the wellbeing of sexual organs. Studies demonstrate that taking tribulus terrestis has androgenic effects which are popularly used by fitness fanatics for muscle growth, improved strength and endurance. Our Tribulus terrestris tablets contain 60 tablets, for a 1-month serving. Simply take two of the 10mm tablets per day for beneficial effects.