More commonly used for men, this hormone magician has shown some amazing results in women as well. This herb is considered a master hormone regulator for both men and women. Tribulus has been used to treat libido, impotency, infertility, edema, liver, kidney and heart problems, PMS, menopause and more.
Tribulus increases protein synthesis and while increasing the activity of digestive enzymes, which results in an increase of energy and metabolism. Great for iron absorption and for reducing oxidative stress in the body, leading to higher levels of stamina and muscle strength. Without going in excess this superstar has been shown to raise growth hormone, insulin and aldosterone, which is used to balance salt and fluids in the body.
One of the biggest benefits to tribulus is protodioscin, a steroidal saponin, this has shown to raise libido through the conversion to DHEA. In women it has been shown to raise the follicle stimulating hormone and estradiol and in men it has been shown to raise the luteinizing hormone and testosterone levels.
Also used to regulate ovulation and menstrual cycles, this herb works by raising the body’s ability to produce its own hormones by itself, not by adding extra hormone. In one study conducted 95% of the women subjects had no PMS symptoms.
The benefits don’t just stop there. This miracle hormone helper is also used to lower high blood pressure. It is suggested that the nitric oxide release is to thank. This has a relaxing effect on the smooth muscle in the arterial wall. This wall is crucial to allow more blood to flow to an area and contracts to restrict the local blood flow, one downside, unfortunately the effects are short term due to the length of time the blood vessels are dilated.
Although there are many studies arguing the performance enhancing abilities of this herb, there is more than one reason in taking this superstar. Talk to your doctor or naturalist for any questions or concerns.