Tribulus terrestris: properties and contraindications. The Tribulus terrestris it is a plant native to India, now widespread also in North America, used for centuries in the Asian herbal tradition and in particular Ayurvedic.
It is also used in Europe, in particular in Bulgarian folk medicine where medicinal herbs are historically used for the treatment of various diseases.
Tribulus terrestris: properties
The Tribulus terrestris contains the active ingredient of protodioscin which would be effective in treatment of impotence, abdominal swelling and some cardiovascular diseases.
The Tribulus terrestris is also used as geriatric tonic and for the treatment of generalized weakness in Ayurvedic medicine.
In the 1990s, extracts from Tribulus terrestris have been used by the Olympic national teams of some Eastern European states with the aim of improve sports performance, thanks to the action of the active ingredient that would stimulate the growth of muscle mass.
There protodioscin it is in fact a steroid saponin substance which constitutes about 45% ofextract obtained from the aerial parts of Tribulus terrestris. The substance is able to increase the endogenous production of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S).
Tribulus terrestris: contraindications
The pharmacological tests performed so far they found no contraindications particular to the intake of Tribulus terrestris so much so that in Italy, the sale of Tribulus terrestris is not subject to any type of restriction.
Similarly, no measures are known for the sale of Tribulus terrestris or its main components in other European or extra-European countries.
The main contraindications, as a precaution, therefore only concern women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or looking to become pregnant.
Tribulus terrestris: how to take it and where to buy it
The Tribulus terrestris is assumed in capsules that can be purchased online on specialized websites, including Anastore, which guarantees the quality of the extract, titrated at 40% saponins.
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The information in this article has been verified with what is reported on the official website of the Istituto Superiore della Sanità.