Natural steroids: Do they exist and safety concerns

Natural steroids typically refer to compounds found in plants, herbs, and other natural sources that mimic human hormones or steroids.

Withania somnifera, or ashwagandha, is a herb used in Ayurvedic medicine for rejuvenation, revitalization, and longevity.

Compounds found in Tribulus terrestris called steroidal saponins could weakly mimic the effects of testosterone and related hormones. This may improve muscle function and testosterone levels.

One study in male mice showed that fenugreek extract boosted endurance and fatty acid use during exercise. The research also suggests fenugreek may have fat reducing properties.

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