I remember sitting on the toilet one day while I was doing a marketing internship in my college days.
It was a REALLY nice place I was doing the internship at; they even had reading material in the bathroom.
Oh yeah, and they paid me nothing… and abused my free help, and didn’t teach me anything (note to college students: make sure an internship is not an employer just trying to get a free employee). I was out of there in a couple weeks. BUT… that’s besides the point.
Back to the bathroom.
They had a stack of interesting Men’s Health magazines, and I picked up one of them, forgot which one, and it had an article on Tribulus Terrestris. The article spoke matter-of-factly about the testosterone-increasing and erection strengthening properties of Tribulus Terrestris, and provided some sort of study to support this.
So me, like most young men with raging testosterone levels, somehow worried about my testosterone levels. Who. Knows. Why.
I went to GNC, picked up a bottle of Tribulus Terrestris caplets, and took it home.
I took the recommended dosage, and began “experiencing” rock hard erections and a raging sex drive. I lifted “more” in the gym. My testosterone levels were “obviously” much higher…
But thinking back now, years later… Was it all in my head?
Now, light years beyond the naive intern, and now a seasoned sexual research vet, I look to almighty science for the truth. Not Men’s Health, bathroom edition.
What Science Says About Whether Or Not Tribulus Terrestris Increases Testosterone Levels
In a recent study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, they discuss how the popularity of medicinal products from Tribulus Terrestris is expanding at a quick pace due to consumers trying to naturally increase their testosterone production. However, reliable and conclusive scientific evidence is lacking on its actual ability to increase testosterone production.
An increase in erectile function has been associated with Tribulus use, but seeing that it was due to an increase in testosterone, is yet to be proven.
The aim of the study is to closely analyze evidence that Tribulus Terrestris can actually increase testosterone levels.
An extensive review of all studies and literature related to Tribulus Terrestris from 1968 to 2015 was carried out on all the following major scientific databases:
- Springer Link
- Google Scholar
- Medline Plus
- Web of Science
As well as all references found in the literature that was related to Tribulus Terrestris.
After analyzing all of the studies in humans and animals, it was pretty much a given that Tribulus is helpful for treating erectile dysfunction; however, observational evidence to support the hypothesis that this is due to a boost in T levels is at best, inconclusive, at worst, outright wrong.
While the reason for Tribulus Terrestris functioning as such a good natural ED treatment and aphrodisiac is unknown for the most part, there is compelling evidence from studies in animals that there may be a nitric-oxide boosting property to the Tribulus, much like how Viagra functions.
So is there a definite answer? No. But if you’re looking for natural ways to increase your testosterone levels, Tribulus Terrestris is most likely not the way to go.
Natural Ways To Increase Testosterone Levels That Actually Do Work
Just because Tribulus Terrestris isn’t the miracle testosterone solution, you have plenty of other natural ways to keep your T levels up, backed by science.
Up your Vitamin D intake — Vitamin D deficiency is tied to low testosterone. Drink milk, get some sunlight.
Keep your cell phone out of your pocket — testosterone levels have been found to be reduced when close to cell phone waves for too long.
Eat red grapes — the skins of red grapes contain resveratrol, a proven aromatase inhibitor. Aromatase is an enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen. Keep your T levels from converting to the other side!
There are MANY natural things you can do to increase your testosterone production, see more ways here…
Have a good one!
-David Carreras aka Mr. Manpower
Mr. Manpower’s Guide to
Overall Manhood Enhancement
The Ultimate Sex Guide for Men… “male potency without drugs”