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Tribulus Terrestris Stacks and Tribulus Side Effects

Tribulus Terrestris

If you've read our other Tribulus Terrestris article, you'll know that Tribulus is not a hormone, but rather, it boosts your testosterone by increasin the level of luteinizing hormones (LH) in your system. LH stimulates the secretion of sex steroids from the gonads for both males and females. In males testes, LH binds to receptors stimulating synthesis and secretion of testosterone. In females, theca cells in the ovary are stimulated by LH and secrete estrogen.

With this in mind, should you supplement Tribulus? Tribulus Terrestris is not a hormone, and does not directly affect the hormones in your body. By this, Tribulus works within your body's natural limits helping you maximize your muscle and strength gains.

Tribulus Stacks

Because Tribulus Terrestris is such a neutral and beneficial supplement, it's often stacked with other supplements. It is a common ingredient in testosterone and sexual enhancers such as BSN Axis HT, Nutrex Vitrix, Palo Alto Paravol, Steel Libido, among other supplements. If you're looking for testosterone and sexual enhancers, clicking the links above will take you to the reviews for those products.

Tribulus Side Effects

Tribulus has been used for quite a long time, and no studies have found any adverse side effects of Tribulus. Again, one of the major benefits of Tribulus is that it's not a hormone and only helps increase testosterone by increasing the level of Luteinizing Hormones (LH). The only adverse side effect experienced is an upset stomach, which can be helped if taken with food.

There are a large number of studies that provide contradicting results on the effectiveness of tribulus. Various studies on rats have demonstrated that tribulus increased testosterone and sexual activity 1, 2 , while other studies found that tribulus had no effect on muscle strength, body composition, exercise performance in human subjects 3, 4. Obviously, taking these studies at face value, the studies involving human subjects would obviously carry more weight compared to the studies involving rats and other animals.

However, from personal experience, and based on user reviews of various tribulus based supplements, I would have to say that tribulus works, but not for everyone. Enough users have submitted postive reviews to show that tribulus based supplements do work. I can say from my past experiences that each time I've take a tribulus supplement, I've noticed a difference - these include increased acne breakouts, and increased libido etc...

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1. The hormonal effects of Tribulus terrestris and its role in the management of male erectile dysfunction - an evaluation using primates, rabbit and rat.
Gauthaman K, Ganesan AP.
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, 119074 Singapore.

2. Aphrodisiac properties of Tribulus Terrestris extract (Protodioscin) in normal and castrated rats.
Gauthaman K, Adaikan PG, Prasad RN.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, National University Hospital, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119704, Singapore.

3. The effect of five weeks of Tribulus terrestris supplementation on muscle strength and body composition during preseason training in elite rugby league players.
Rogerson S, Riches CJ, Jennings C, Weatherby RP, Meir RA, Marshall-Gradisnik SM.
School of Exercise Science and Sport Management, Southern Cross University Lismore, New South Wales, Australia.

4. The effects of Tribulus terrestris on body composition and exercise performance in resistance-trained males.Antonio J, Uelmen J, Rodriguez R, Earnest C.
Human Performance Laboratory, University of Nebraska, Kearney, NE 68849-3101, USA.