Questions my friends, these bloody questions! They play a significant role in our daily lives as we constantly question everything, even things which are question-proof and solidly undeniable. Delivering on point answers is always a delight – I shall do my best to deliver!
As we’re on a testosterone boosting topic here, I’ll be poking at our common pal, the legendary Tribulus Terrestris, and my task at hand will be to provide an answer to the simple question: Is Tribulus a testosterone booster? Quite simple, yet ridiculously complex query – although giving it a single word answer IS possible!
I hope you’re already familiar with the fact that I simply love quotes from wise people. In this regard, It just couldn’t be any more appropriate to insert the brilliant phrase from “Hamlet” by Mr. Shakespeare himself:
“To be, or not to be: that is the question”
Undeniably we can relate this quote to good old Tribulus. So much controversy surrounds this herb, unlike bananas which are very testosterone-friendly. No, really, just ask two different bodybuilding enthusiasts or just general gym goers and the chances are that they’ll have different opinions about Trib. First and foremost though:
Tribulus Terrestris is a flowering, annual plant and you can find in a lot of places all over the world. It’s got an awful lot of a.k.a’s such as Goat-head, Puncture vine, Cat’s head etc.
Some of these nicknames probably come from the fact that by the end of spring, the fruits of Trib dry out and transform into solid seeds with little but troublesome spikes. And so on, and so on… until we collectively fall asleep from boredom!
I’m positive that none of this can help you on your T boosting endeavors, however, It was something I wanted to give some attention to. After all, you have to be familiar with what exactly this herb is, especially when it’s linked to higher values of The King of Hormones.
Nonetheless, Tribulus is one of the more well-known ingredients, used in various products and dubbed as one of the most popular, natural T-enhancers. Chances are that you’ve heard about it already – it’s that popular, really. Or at least the bodybuilding community wants it to be that way!
Enough with all the general info about this plant, want to move onto something more specific when it comes down to boosting your testosterone levels naturally? Same with me!
Does Tribulus Increase Testosterone?
In short – no! Everything about the main ingredient of MANY testosterone boosters out there just seems so vague. But above all, scientific evidence clearly shows that there’s 0 (zero) correlation between supplementing with Tribulus and experience an increase in testosterone levels.
Also, there’s contradicting data all over the web, as well as different folks who have contrasting opinions about its alleged ability to optimize our masculinity.
Now, there’s now something that’s really puzzling you – who do you believe after the massive piles of conflicting information concerning this plant? Let me throw some info on research was already done on the subject:
- Twenty-one fellows from 20 to 36, one controlled group, one placebo. Conclusion? No direct or indirect link between Tribulus and it’s supposed androgen-activation traits (1);
- Test subjects ranging from 30 to 50 years of age – no relationship between Trib and an increase in testosterone (2);
- Young men exposed to resistance training plus a supplement which contains Tribulus Terrestris extract. Results were crystal clear – no elevation in serum testosterone concentrations (3).
Anyone with the slightest amounts of common sense would realize that this is some HUGE evidence, that our friend called TT (you know what this stands for) might not be the best option for natural testosterone optimization. Although I think they should’ve used Chuck Norris as a test subject – anything would work on him!
In all seriousness though – the scientific data is conclusive. I mean, come on now… at least ONE of the guys that participated should’ve at least had a tiny, little spike in testosterone production. Haven’t these people heard of placebo, or what?
But hey, let’s flip the coin and take a look at the other side of things…
Okay, But Are There Any Studies To Suggest That Tribulus Can Actually Increase Testosterone Levels?
Interestingly enough, there are. Research conducted on monkeys shows that Tribulus can indeed boost their testosterone production. And this exact study is most likely what those defending Trib will show you to convince you that it works.
As for the actual study, in 2008 researchers (4) decided to research this mysterious herb by using animals as test subjects (no idea if any of them got hurt during the study). No clue whatsoever why anyone would consider such a weird research, but there you go!
Firstly, they used Trib Terrestris intravenously. Secondly, the mammals tested did experience some elevated T levels with the help of Tribulus Terrestris. Thirdly, hmm if something sounds too good to be true, It’s because IT IS!
Tribulus could work for mammals (in this case, monkeys), but human data is controvertial at the very best
Unless you are a baboon… actually I congratulate you with all my respect if you are, because you are clearly on the internet, reading through my post about the worth of TT while ordering dinner through your mobile app. Salute!
So if you are a human being, chances are this study means jack shit to you, because it’s completely IRRELEVANT! I doubt you would want to inject yourself with Tribulus even if you want to duplicate the conditions of the research conducted on animals.
Does That Mean That Tribulus Is 100% Worthless At Boosting T Levels?
Yes, I believe so. Sure, it might be used in certain parts of the world as an aphrodisiac, but according to science, It’s safe to say that this herb will most likely not make you more masculine.
However, leaving relevant scientific data aside, there are probably guys out there are happy with the effects of TT. If you’re so curious and would like to know if it’ll work for you (most likely not), then by all means – do give it a try, just for the sake of it (at least it’s safe to use).
Maybe you know guys personally, who swear by Tribulus Terrestris. People who have past experience with taking Trib and making all kinds of gains, achieving firmer erections, feeling more manly, shredding lard plus a lot of other factors associated with an increase in androgenic activity in the system.
What works for you, might not work for others (or vice versa)
Repeating the same old cliche that everybody is unique, what works for you might not work for another person and so on could very well sound over-used, but guess what? It’s the truth itself! Some folks really do SWEAR by the effectiveness of that stuff.
Anyway, my position will remain the same towards dubious T boosting ingredients (as opposed to ingredients like D-Aspartic Acid that I personally love) as I want to share with you only the most valuable compounds that you can buy, so that you can reap the most benefit from testosterone increasing supplements.
From a personal perspective and according to science (5), Tribulus Terrestris might only be useful if you want to help your little fellow stay stiffer during late night encounters. Do I consider it an effective testosterone booster? NOT by any stretch of the imagination!
I’ve used Tribulus on a few occasions myself with mixed feelings. I’m talking about both stand-alone products which contain only this herb as well as combined supplements with different components, one of them, of course, being Trib. To make it fair I would only judge my past experiences with those only containing the aforementioned herb.
Basically, everything positive about it can be wrapped up in the fact that I didn’t receive any unpleasant side effects from using it. As a MOST welcome bonus though, I do remember that my bedroom weapon was being more powerful than usual – also sperm count was definitely on the rise.
In fact, my all-time favorite testosterone booster (read my review about it here), used to have Tribulus in it when I first tried it and I felt superb in every possible way (including the bedroom). Besides, There’s a study which suggests that a potential libido-stimulating aspect of Tribulus does indeed exist.
A stiffer rod could be well-worth it when it comes to utilizing this herb. Yet the T-boosting side is surrounded in a shroud of mist.
Overall though in terms of more alpha male attitude, more gains (muscle mass) and/or strength and even the slightest adjustment in body fat percentage it was a disappointment for me. Honestly guys, after all the HYPE about Tribulus I’m sure that my strong mental desire for it to work (placebo) could’ve saved the day… but to no avail.
And if any of you who has a success story (or just any story) with this mega-popular herb, feel free to share it in the comment section below!
Founder of Testosterone Nerd