Tongkat Ali is the worldwide famous natural testosterone booster. The supplement is extracted from Eurycoma Longafilia Jack, which is a tall herbal medicinal plant found in South East Asia (Malaysia, Vietnam, Java, Sumatra and Thailand). In Malaysia, Eurycoma Longafilia Jack is commonly called Tongkat Ali.
Tongkat Ali has a wide range of medicinal properties. It is much celebrated for its pro-fertility and aphrodisiac (libido stimulating) properties. Tongkat Ali extract works to naturally and safely increase testosterone levels, which may help men reverse Erectile Dysfunction and gain muscle mass. Recently some scientific evidence has also come up suggesting that it may be an anti-estrogen and pro-erectile agent.
The aphrodisiac effects of Tongkat Ali tested in clinics and laboratories are quite reliable. Only a few studies thoroughly assessing Tongkat Ali’s T-boosting potency are currently available, but based on stories and retellings it can be inferred that it is one of the better ones.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TONGKAT ALI EXTRACT
The root and bark of Tongkat Ali is used in the herbal medicine to:
- Boost Testosterone levels
- Treat erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Cure male infertility
- Boost libido
- Increase athletic performance
- Promote muscle mass buildup
- Banish body fat
- Reduce anxiety and stress
It may also be used for alleviate fever, cough, malaria, ulcers, tuberculosis, diarrhea and even cancer.
HOW TONGKAT ALI WORKS?
- As a T-Booster
There are several aphrodisiac chemicals present in Tongkat Ali that affect how body produces the hormone testosterone. Tongkat Ali’s remarkable anti-estrogenic effects confirmed in vitro, suggest that it may play role in boosting testosterone levels. Eurycomanone in Tongkat Ali is the main active component that blocks body’s signals for reducing the production of testosterones (once they have reached their peak point), resulting in uninterrupted production of testosterone.
“Laboratory evidence shows that eurycoma peptides stimulate release of free testosterone from its binding proteins and improve overall hormone profiles”, the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
- As a Pro-erectile Agent
Besides providing aphrodisiac effects, Tongkat Ali is much admired as a pro erectile agent and for its potential in increasing sperm count. Tongkat Ali contains an important chemical 9-hydroxycanthin-6-one, which is associated with delaying ejaculation and promoting strength and erection.
- As a Weight Loss Supplement
Although mechanism of how Tongkat Ali works to shed fat away is still unknown, a decrease in weight has been noted in overweight and obese men consuming Tongkat Ali extract.
- As a Stress Reliever
Daily supplementation of Tongkat Ali reduces the concentrations of cortisol (stress hormone) by 16% according to the study by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
- As a Bodybuilding Supplement
A detailed study carried out by the British Journal of Sports Medicine has confirmed the positive effects of Tongkat Ali on gaining lean muscle mass and muscle strength.
“An increase in lean muscle mass, more than controlled group was observed when both Eurycoma and control were paired with exercise – Br. Journal of Sports Medicine”.
RECOMMENDED DOSAGE OF TONGKAT ALI
The standard dosage of Tongkat Ali is 200-300mg of a 1:100 extract or 20-30g of the dry root of the Eurycoma LongJack plant.
The bodybuilding and sports supplements contain 1:200 extract of Tongkat Ali to boost up its effects. The supplements recommend taking three capsules of Tongkat Ali per day, spread evenly throughout the day.
However, the appropriate dose of Tongkat Ali depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions.
SIDE EFFECTS OF USING TONGKAT ALI
Tongkat Ali is possibly safe when taken by mouth for up to 9 months, suggests science. However following side effects of using Tongkat Ali are a standard result of increased levels of testosterone:
- Slightly raised aggression
- Mild digestive upset
As a general health tonic; including improvement in physical and mental energy levels and overall quality of life, Tongkat Ali has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for treating lethargy, reduced sex drive, depression, and fatigue.
It appears that Tongkat Ali extract can have remarkable effects on testosterone production and mood enhancement. Tongkat Ali works via adrenergic means inhibiting cortisol, which results in reduced anxiety and promotes libido and sexuality.
Various clinical studies also attest that Tongkat Ali has significant potential for restoring hormone balance (cortisol/testosterone) and improving moods and sexual and athletic performance. Improved sex drive, balanced hormonal profiles, enhanced physical function, reduced fatigue, heightened energy and greater sense of well-being have been demonstrated by people consuming Tongkat Ali extract.
Although Tongkat Ali might work significantly for those suffering from hypogonadism (a condition in which the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone), erectile dysfunction and low libido, there is currently no evidence attesting that it may provide any benefits to normal healthy men to further increase their already optimal testosterone levels.