Tongkat Ali extract increases testosterone, sexual arousal and libido in men and women. It may affect mood, stress and cortisol levels as well. It is often referred to as "Natural Viagra". Its mechanism of action although is very different than that of erectile dysfunction medications. It is often used by men and women in countries like Malaysia to enhance libido. There is anecdotal evidence that it delays ejaculation and increases sperm quality.
Tongkat Ali is categorized under Herbal Supplements.
It is also known as Eurycoma Longifolia Jack, Pasak Bumi, Tung Saw, Canne d'Ali, Eurycoma, Eurycoma longifolia, Eurycoma Longifolia Jack, Eurycoma merguensis, Ginseng de Malaisie, Kayu Dali, Long Jack, Longjack, Malaysian Ginseng, Manotes Asiatica, Pasak Bumi, Picroxylon Siamese.
Also KnownEurycoma Longifolia Jack, Pasak Bumi, Tung Saw, Canne d'Ali, Eurycoma, Eurycoma longifolia, Eurycoma Longifolia Jack, Eurycoma merguensis, Ginseng de Malaisie, Kayu Dali, Long Jack, Longjack, Malaysian Ginseng, Manotes Asiatica, Pasak Bumi, Picroxylon Siamese
DescriptionTongkat Ali extract increases testosterone, sexual arousal and libido in men and women. It may affect mood, stress and cortisol levels as well. It is often referred to as "Natural Viagra". Its mechanism of action although is very different than that of erectile dysfunction medications. It is often used by men and women in countries like Malaysia to enhance libido. There is anecdotal evidence that it delays ejaculation and increases sperm quality.
Typical Dose200mg to 400mg of 100:1 extract or 20g-30g of dry root of the plant.
The name Tongkat Ali has already been a resounding one in the nootropic and fitness world. Many individuals, especially men, take this supplement on a daily basis to achieve their desired goals. But, what is Tongkat Ali really good for? and how does it work?
Tongkat Ali is also named as Eurycoma longifolia, is a flowering plant from the Simaroubaceae family that is native to some countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. In Malaysia specifically, Tongkat Ali is considered to be a national treasure. It has been a popular natural supplement widely used as an aphrodisiac and energy booster. It is traditionally used for its aphrodisiac, antimicrobial, antimalarial, antidiabetic, and antipyretic properties (1).
At the present time, the supplement is now widely known as a natural libido enhancer that works by (marginally) increasing testosterone levels. Moreover, Tongkat Ali also enhances fertility, libido, and serve to have multiple benefits to athletes and bodybuilders.
This hormone also plays a significant role in sex drive, the production of sperm, fat distribution, production of red cells, and the maintenance of muscle strength and mass. Because of these things, testosterone is a vital component to the overall health and well-being of a man. (2)
Tongkat Ali does not enlarge your penis (In popular circles it is said it can be used for Penis enlargement). IT also makes no difference if you take it before bed or not. You should cycle Tongkat like you would any other major non vitamin supplement.
Tongkat Ali root extract is a natural supplement which increases one's testosterone levels (especially those that have low-T to begin with). Testosterone levels are linked to SHGB hormones or sex hormone-binding globulin which binds to testosterone. Now, Tongkat Ali increases the production of the Leydig cells and lowers SHGB so, your body is able to use testosterone more naturally. Studies support that Tongkat Ali increases the testosterone levels within normal range among men who suffered from Hypogonadism.
Testosterone and Tongkat Ali
How does Tongkat Ali act in our bodies? Tongkat Ali stimulates the natural production of testosterone marginally and seems to act as a anti-estrogen agent. Testosterone refers to a male sex hormone that is important for both sexual and reproductive development.
It has been regarded to be the most important male hormone. In contrast to that, women also produce testosterone, but a much lower level. Testosterone is classified to be an androgen, a class of hormones, and is thought to be involved in the development of male sex organs and the development of secondary sex characteristics.
Going further to the athletic and bodybuilding realm. Through an increase in testosterone levels, it can aid in more intense training sessions. In addition to that, the supplement also increases ATP production. ATP or adenosine triphosphate, is basically used as an energy source for the cells and their metabolism as well as for the different physiologic functions inside our body (3). With an increased production of energy, this means greater motivation and a more improved physical and mental performance. It would make for a very very weak supplement to take for PCT.
Tongkat Ali's use has not been limited for its aphrodisiac of bodybuilding properties. Instead, ongoing research about the supplement are taking place for its possible nootropic and therapeutic benefits. In laboratory studies, specific components of Tongkat Ali has been found to exhibit cytotoxic effects (actions toxic to cells) against cancer cells. in a 2004 study, it has been discovered that constituents of Tongkat Ali have strong cytotoxicity towards human lung cancer cells and breast cancer cells. In addition to that, Tongkat Ali also poses to have potent anti-malarial, anti-schistosomal, and anxiolytic properties.
Things To Consider before Consuming Tongkat Ali?
1. Dosage and Frequency: Taking any supplement at the right amount is very crucial for its effectiveness. With regards to Tongkat Ali dosage, how much of it do we really need each day? Generally, it is much recommended to follow the dose based on your manufacturer. Traditionally, the standard dose used by Indonesian males is between 1200-2400 mg per day.
At the present time, a dose of between 300 mg to 500 mg a day, taken 2 to 4 times is commonly used. However, bodybuilders usually take 3 capsules a day but your intake should greatly depend on your goal. It is also recommended to cycle the dose for 6 to 8 weeks when taking a break for 40% of your cycle time. For sex drive purposes, a shorter cycle is recommended.
2. Tongkat Ali Safety and Side Effects: The use of Tongakt Ali has been regarded to be safe and well tolerated. However, it has been linked to some side effects having insomnia as the most common one. This may be alleviated by starting up with a small dose and working up to the suggested dose. Taking Tongkat Ali earlier during the day helps reduce sleep disturbances.
When used for body building purposes, Tongakt Ali may result in restlessness, aggression and increased sexual desire. All these are then based on your body’s natural rise in testosterone levels. On the other hand, there has been no reports yet associated with hair loss or pattern balding.
3. Tongkat Ali Positive and Negative Interactions: It is important to note that some people may be contraindicated to Tongkat Ali use. This includes anyone being treated for breast or prostate cancer, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, and sleep apnea. Also, those who are taking immunosuppressants or people who have impaired immune systems should not take Tongkat Ali. Since the supplement tends affect blood sugar, it should be used with caution among individuals suffering from Diabetes.
In addition to that, there has not been enough evidence to prove its safety for use among pregnant and lactating women. For this instance, it would be best to avoid taking Tongkat Ali with this specific population.
Where Should You Buy Tongkat Ali?
You can purchase Tongkat Ali online and in numerous health stores such as GNC, Nutrition House, Vitamin Shoppe, etc. It is available over the counter in various brands such as: Source Naturals, Vitroman, Tonex, however NONE of these contain the quality of Tongkat Ali that you actually need or the quantity for that matter!