What is tribulus terrestris?

Tribulus terrestris may look like it can do nothing but hurt you, what with its sharp barbs and all. But there are those who claim the noxious weed, which grows in most of the United States, has some properties that are very helpful to the body.

Tribulus terrestris was not always so widespread, but now it grows nearly everywhere, which is good news for those who tout its merits. Though tribulus terrestris's barbed bur may look menacing, like little pieces of barbed wire, many are those who say it functions beyond putting holes in one's skin. Most fitness and health stores sell a supplement derived from extracts of different components contained in the tribulus terrestris plant.

So what can this prickly plant do for you?

The biggest reason people ingest supplements derived from tribulus terrestris is increasing sex drive and muscle mass. Athletes like these supplements for the muscle it purportedly can help build. But beyond these reasons, there are those who consume tribulus terrestris supplements to treat blood pressure troubles, kidney woes and cancer.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.