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Does Tribulus Actually Do Anything?

All the research I am aware of does not conclude that tribulus increases testosterone levels or influences body composition. Are there any studies that say otherwise. I try not to always draw conclusions based on one study alone, because many times the findings are different when test controls are tweaked. I have taken the stuff before; I know it gives you a perpetual hard on, but many believe this is not a result of increased test.

[quote]southpaw27 wrote:
All the research I am aware of does not conclude that tribulus increases testosterone levels or influences body composition. Are there any studies that say otherwise. I try not to always draw conclusions based on one study alone, because many times the findings are different when test controls are tweaked. I have taken the stuff before; I know it gives you a perpetual hard on, but many believe this is not a result of increased test.[/quote]

Yeah but a hard on is a good thing… probably no test increase but it’s a nice way to wake up… Add some ZMA (probably will not increase GH) and get some kick ass dreams with that hard on…

Berardi reviewed some studies on this site before that involved cyclists and TRIBEX. Right down to the details. Not just an overview of an abstract. There might be some good references too. Use the right words in the search engine could help too.

[quote]inthego wrote:
southpaw27 wrote:
All the research I am aware of does not conclude that tribulus increases testosterone levels or influences body composition. Are there any studies that say otherwise. I try not to always draw conclusions based on one study alone, because many times the findings are different when test controls are tweaked.

I have taken the stuff before; I know it gives you a perpetual hard on, but many believe this is not a result of increased test.

Yeah but a hard on is a good thing… probably no test increase but it’s a nice way to wake up… Add some ZMA (probably will not increase GH) and get some kick ass dreams with that hard on…[/quote]

LOL at ZMA dream sex being the main reason someone uses it.

Evidence in favor of Tribulus use by bodybuilders is still mostly anecdotal-bodybuilders use it and feel the same effects that they get from artificial hormones. The downside to this is that we don’t really have a clue what other stuff the proponents were on at the time, or how many of them are just pushing a supplement because they’re paid to.

Lab studies have generally shown tribulus to cause a rise in testosterone levels, the rise is labled “not clinically significant”. But these were not studies of people engaging in long-term weight training, so they aren’t relevant enough.

There is a T-Nation article that discusses a positive study here: http://www.T-Nation.com/readArticle.do?id=460986

Unfortunately that was a short-term study done on elite cyclists. We still need a study of weightlifters. Given how many previous studies have concluded that tribulus does not cause a relevant rise in testosterone levels, I doubt that we will see the supplement industry take the risk of killing off a big seller like tribulus with a study that might very well prove tribulus to be useless.

I had always assumed it was “meant” to be used for PCT.

Tribulus theoretically stimulates luteinizing hormone, which in turn stimulates testicular testosterone production (and probably sperm production too.) As a result, you won’t get any more T than your testicles can make, and nowhere near what exogenous sources will give you. If you’re already maxed out on natural T, you won’t see much increase.

the only thing i noticed when i took tribulus was that i leaned up a bit from my thighs and lower back (iam at 11% bf at 132lbs - rowing athelete) and my dingding was harder than a full blooded diingding in cement.

[quote]dyskee wrote:
the only thing i noticed when i took tribulus was that i leaned up a bit from my thighs and lower back (iam at 11% bf at 132lbs - rowing athelete) and my dingding was harder than a full blooded diingding in cement. [/quote]

I never stuck mine in cement.

[quote]Zap Branigan wrote:
dyskee wrote:
the only thing i noticed when i took tribulus was that i leaned up a bit from my thighs and lower back (iam at 11% bf at 132lbs - rowing athelete) and my dingding was harder than a full blooded diingding in cement.

I never stuck mine in cement.[/quote]

I don’t think you’re missing much.

Tribulus is the new Viagra.

I am using it for pct along with clomid. /shrug I think it helps a bit.

Been using TRIBEX and or Alpha Male since I first used it post MAG-10 cycle back around 98. I keep using it because it works for me. I can feel the boost in T and in my performance during my workouts and results from them.

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On behalf of all men over the age of 6, I feel we should join together and have the word “dingding” assassinated from the English language unless it is in reference to some stripper who has hung two tiny bells on her nipples with Scotch tape.

http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/supplementation/tribex_1.htm

http://www.johnberardi.com/articles/supplementation/tribex_2.htm