Can Tribulus boost men’s sexual desire?

Tribulus terrestris has a long history of traditional use for increasing sexual potency and muscle strength in men in various cultures around the world, including those from Bulgaria and India.

Tribulus provides a rich source of protodioscin
Tribulus has a well-established history of use in folk medicine. It contains an important steroidal saponin, known as protodioscin, that is considered to be the main compound responsible for the herb’s therapeutic effect on libido and sexual potency in men.

The amount of protodioscin in Tribulus varies significantly, depending on the plant part used and the country of origin. The effectiveness of a Tribulus supplement is often determined by its protodioscin content, not the overall herb content.

Bulgarian vs Indian Tribulus
Whether the Tribulus herb is sourced from Bulgaria or India, the herb still bears the same botanical name, Tribulus terrestris. If you’re looking for Bulgarian Tribulus, you should look for a Tribulus terrestris that uses the aerial parts of the herb. If a product lists the ingredient as Tribulus terrestris fruit, it will be Indian Tribulus. A combination of Bulgarian and Indian Tribulus in a supplement provides a broader spectrum of therapeutic activity, although Bulgarian Tribulus is the only Tribulus that has been clinically trialled for building muscle mass, using extracts that have been standardised to contain 34mg-100mg or 40% of protodioscin. See more here

How does Tribulus work?
The steroidal saponins in Tribulus appear to bind with receptors within the hypothalamus of the brain. Tribulus, via protodioscin, is believed to work by increasing the body’s luteinising hormone (LH). In men, LH binds to receptors on Leydig cells in the testes, stimulating the production of testosterone, helping to balance hormone levels. Testosterone is the most important androgen (male sex hormone) for men, responsible for building muscle mass and maintaining a healthy sex drive.

Beneficial effects of Tribulus for men:

  • Traditionally used in European folk medicine (Bulgaria) for increasing muscle strength and sexual potency
  • Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine (Indian) as a tonic and aphrodisiac
  • Balances and supports normal male physiology and function


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