There are few testosterone boosters on the market that everyone seems to agree on, and Tribulus by Optimum Nutrition is one more. There is quite a distinct disagreement among men who have tried this supplement, with some saying that the dosage is too low to be effective and others who felt that it actually did the job. Viewing the ingredients and dosages, compared to other boosters on the market, it appears to be similar to some other products on the market and a lower total dosage of tribulus terrestris than some of the more expensive brands.
What is Tribulus Terrestris?
Let’s first start by explaining what Tribulus terrestris is. This is a vine that is found throughout different parts of the world, except for North and South America (and, of course, Antarctica, but I would hope I didn’t need to address that). It contains certain nutrients that have been shown to be effective in helping the body increase its production of testosterone in the body.
Tribulus terrestris contains saponins that block certain testosterone receptors in the body, which causes the body to assume that it still needs to increase production rates of the male hormone.
Only Addresses One Aspect of Strength Enhancement
Tribulus by Optimum Nutrition is a solid testosterone boosting supplement if you are having trouble with diminished energy levels or problems with your sex drive. As men age, their body produces less testosterone and this can directly impact energy levels and libido. However, if you’re looking to boost strength and muscle mass, then you’re going to find a few limitations by using Tribulus.
Your body will convert the free testosterone that is produced into other hormones, such as DHT and estrogen. Now, don’t become all freaked out because of estrogen; our bodies produce both male and female hormones naturally. The problem is that estrogen interferes with muscle growth and strength gain.
Tribulus by itself does not deal with this problem and therefore, while you may notice a boost in testosterone levels, you’re not going to be getting the key benefits that you want from it (unless, of course, all you’re looking for is a stronger libido and more energy).
A number of men (and women) like products such as Tribulus because of the price. Depending on where you look, you could find this supplement for $6 or $11. Why the price differential, I don’t know. The key problem is that if you want strength gain, you’re going to need a supplement that blocks the conversion of testosterone into estrogen and DHT.
Tribulus is a simple supplement that will certainly deliver on its promise to boost testosterone, but that in itself is a bit misleading. When you want to gain muscle mass, then you’re going to want to supplement this supplement (confused yet?) with aromatase (amino blockers) to keep that boost of testosterone from being converted into estrogen.
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