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Information on Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus terrestris is a perennial type of herb and it comesfrom the family known by the name of zygophyllaceae. It is generally referredto as caltrop or puncture wine, but the tribulus terrestris is actually itsscientific, botanical name. Tribulus terrestris usually grows in places whichare characterized by low moisture. Such places commonly include dry and warm deserts.This herb survives in all very poor conditions of the soil.

Side Effects of Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus terrestris is sometimes used as a supplement, andit is a widely known fact that all different types of supplements may beassociated with certain side effects. Those side effects may not affect allpersons, and they may vary from person to person. Some sources still claim thattribulus terrestris cannot be involved with the occurrence of any side effects.

One of the most common side effects triggered by the use oftribulus terrestris is a feeling of nausea, accompanied by an upset digestionof stomach in most cases. This side effect is usually only temporary. Somefemale patients have reported experiencing reduction of the voice tone andother changes in the voice. These side effects occur because of certainhormonal changes in the patient’s body. Male patients have reported changes in the testosterone levels which maycommonly result in increased hair growth, enlarged prostate and severe moodchanges. Some side effects may occur due to high content of protosioscin, whichis an active ingredient contained in all different sorts of tribulus terrestrissupplements. Sometimes the supplement may interact with other medications, soit may be wise to consult a physician before using tribulus terrestrissupplements.

Another side effect which is commonly observed in manypersons who have used tribulus terrestris are significant mood swings. Somerare cases have also included physical damage of lungs, but they are caused bythe consumption of tribulus terrestris in its raw form. Excessive hair growthmay occur on the body, and, more importantly, even on the face, which may be avery embarrassing feature for most people. Proper dosage of tribulus terrestrisusually prevents all those side effects. They can also be avoided by taking thesupplement with meals. One should not take more than 250 milligrams of tribulusterrestris, three times per day. Overdose may lead to various medicalcomplications, and in some cases it may even be fatal. Children and pregnantwomen need to steer clear of tribulus terrestris supplements.

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