Tribulus terrestris is a fruit-producing Mediterranean plant that’s covered with spines. It is also called puncture vine. People use the fruit, leaf, or root of the tribulus plant as medicine. Some formulations also include other ingredients.
Why do people take tribulus?
Over the years, people have taken tribulus in an attempt to enhance athletic performance and for a wide range of health issues that may include heart and circulatory conditions and sexual issues.
But does it work? Limited studies show it might be helpful in lessening symptoms of angina and in enhancing athletic performance. There have also been some studies that show some benefit to those people with certain sexual problems and infertility.
Other studies are not as convincing. There isn’t enough information to tell if tribulus can really make a difference for other health problems.
With a lack of research to draw on, it’s not clear what a safe dosage is. Also, quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely from maker to maker. This makes it very hard to set a standard dose.
Can you get tribulus naturally from foods?
No. In fact it is unsafe to eat the spine-covered fruit. There have been reports of people getting collapsed lungs from eating it.