Protodioscin is a steroidal saponin found in a variety of plant species including the Tribulus, Trigonella and Dioscorea families. It is used in supplements to increase testosterone, as well as to enhance sexual performance.
Protodioscin increases levels of the hormones testosterone, dihydrotestosterone and dehydroepiandrostand. Bodybuilders have experimented with it successfully to improve testosterone levels, to bring improved muscle mass, fat loss, strength, endurance and athletic performance. Tribulus, through its active constituent protodioscin, boosts testosterone levels via stimulation of the pituitary gland. This stimulation is thought to promote the production of Leutinising Hormone (LH), which increases unbound free-testosterone levels. Research has shown that standardised 20% protodioscins extracted from Tribulus is effective at stimulating testosterone production.
Protodioscin significantly increases testosterone levels which can lead to increased muscle mass, through enhanced absorption of protein into muscles. It improves strength and endurance, aids recovery, brings renewed energy and aggression onto your training. Protodioscin is also linked to triggering the release of Nitric Oxide, which is a powerful anti oxidant, increasing blood flow to muscles ensuring that nutrients are able to be used by the muscle more effectively. It also improves mental focus.
Protodioscin extacted from Tribulus Terrestris has demonstrated proerectile effects. Protodioscin triggers the release of nitric oxide in sponge-like regions of erectile tissue which contains most of the blood in the penis during erection. Tribulus treats impotence symptoms by stimulating increases in free testosterone via secretion of Leutinising Hormone. This effectiveness is enhanced by its effectiveness at maintaining healthy blood pressure thus improving the flow of oxygenated blood to sexual organs, improving function.
The protodioscin content of supplements can vary significantly. Look for a standardised protodioscin level of 20% or more. The more protodioscin, the better. Supplements containing protodioscin are useful to bodybuilders wanting to increase their free testosterone levels in order to increase muscle, fat loss, strength and performance. For best results, follow the dosing advice of individual supplements. Protodioscin supplements are also useful for those wanting to improve their performance in the bedroom. Protodioscin also has demonstrated ability at promoting healthy blood pressure as well as a healthy cholesterol profile.