Tribulus terrestris as  neuroprotective Agent

Tribulus terrestris is a herbal treatment used in traditional medicine for its anticancer, anti-diabetic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, cardio tonic, diuretic, nerve tonic and immunomodulatory effects. Like all plants, Triubulus terrestris is a rich source of phytochemicals that may have significant medicinal effects. Tribulus terrestris may possess neuroprotective effects on account of the flavonoids and other phenolic compounds it contains. Monosodium glutamate in high concentrations is known to cause neuronal degeneration in animals and humans due to its ability to over excite neuronal activity. Tribulus terrestris extracts can protect neurones from these damaging effects, and this may be due to the ability of the herb to increase antioxidant defences in the neurones. Monosodium glutamate likely has a damaging effect because it causes the generation of free radicals, and by quenching these radicals, Tribulus terrestris may significantly protect the neurones for detrimental effects.    

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Swaminathan, G., Srikanth Jupudi, S. R., and Ns, R. 2021. Tribulus terrestris Linn Attenuates Neurotoxicity Induced By Monosodium-Glutamate: An In Vivo Evidence. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. 13(1)

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