Tongkat Ali - Everything you need to know!

What is Tongkat Ali and why Indonesian Tongkat Ali root extract powder is superior to other Tongkat Ali products from Malaysia or China.

 

Tongkat Ali is a plant native to Southeast Asia. Tongkat Ali belongs to the genus of Simaroubaceae and its botanical name is Eurycoma longifolia. There is another series of country-specific names given to the plant such as Pasak Bumi, which is how the plant is called in Indonesia, or longjack, the most common generic name for Tongkat Ali in the United States, Canada and Australia.

However, the country of origin is Indonesia.

Therefore, Indonesia is the country that holds the largest Tongkat Ali population worldwide. Smaller populations can be found in countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos. Tongkat Ali is a growing shrub and can reach heights up to 12 meters high. Typically, it takes the plant 10-15 years to reach such proportions.

 

The flowers of the plant are green from the beginning and they turn red once they reach maturity.

However, the blooms are rather less interesting. The valuable parts are the roots of the tree, hidden in the ground. Over the years, the roots grow separated from each other, vertically and up to several meters deep into the ground. This is one of the reasons why harvesting Tongkat Ali is heavy and laborious work. The older the roots are the higher is the concentration of active ingredients.

Therefore it is very important to pay close attention and to consider the following aspects when buying Tongkat Ali.

Tongkat Ali is a very limited resource. Usually the trees are being harvested once they have reached a certain minimum age. The trees should be at least 7 years old otherwise it is not worthwhile harvesting the roots.

Tongkat Ali - These are the benefits

Tongkat Ali comes with a long list of benefits. The two main benefits why most people take Tongkat Ali are:

​Benefit No. 1

Tongkat Ali increases free testosterone levels.

Benefit No. 2

Tongkat Ali increases sex drive and enhances libido.

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To ensure that Tongkat Ali works the way it is supposed to; is very important to be aware of a few important points. The market is flooded with fake Tongkat Ali products and Tongkat Ali of minor quality.

It is recommended to buy products that contain only 100% Tongkat Ali root extract. Tongkat Ali should not be mixed with other ingredients.

 Otherwise there is always the risk of not knowing what exactly is inside.

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In addition, Tongkat Ali extract should be taken in a higher concentration. Many vendors offer Tongkat Ali in 1:50 concentration. We recommend consuming Tongkat Ali extract in 1:200 concentration due to its much higher effectiveness and also the price/value ratio is much better compared to Tongkat Ali in 1:50 concentration.

 

Be aware of the following characteristics when buying Indonesian Tongkat Ali root extract powder in 1 to 200 ratio:

 

Color: 1:200 Tongkat Ali extract has a dark brown, almost black color

Odor: Very strong.

Taste: Very bitter, comparable to the taste of raw coffee beans.

Dissolubility: 1:200 Tongkat Ali extract can be dissolved in water.

Texture: Very fine and it builds a greasy film if you rub it between your fingers.

Tongkat Ali - What is FAKE Tongkat Ali?

Why are there so many fake Tongkat Ali products on the market?
​Tongkat Ali is one of the most expensive herbal supplements on earth. This is because of the following reasons:

World-wide demand of herbal supplements increases.

Humanity is getting older and older and people tend to invest more and more money in their own health. Within the last 10 years, there has been a boom in the fitness industry. Due to the fact that people value more and more their own health, the herbal supplement industry has experienced as well a huge demand.

Limited resources of Tongkat Ali; Tongkat Ali is to be found only in few countries. The plant grows very slow and it takes up to 10 years until the roots are long enough so they can be harvested. Growing in the deep rain forest and without machines having possibilities to easy access, the generated output is very limited.

Tongkat Ali simply works.
Tongkat Ali is very popular amongst fake sellers, because many people in the Western world are not very familiar with the characteristics of real Tongkat Ali. Not many people are able to differentiate real Tongkat Ali from fake Tongkat Ali.

Tongkat Ali - Dosage recommendation

One question that we receive all the time is, what is the right Tongkat Ali dosage?

First of all, there is no general answer to that question that can be applied to everyone.

We must break it down and look into it in details. We will share our experiences here based on our product, as we have validated its effectiveness over years now and we can therefore be sure that the results are legit.

If you are new to Tongkat Ali, there are a few general rules to be aware of:

  • For best long-lasting results, Tongkat Ali needs to be take in cycles.

  • Take Tongkat Ali in the morning before breakfast if possible.

  • Take Tongkat Ali on a daily basis and be patient, it is a natural supplement.

 

Tongkat Ali dosage cycle:

If you are planning to take Tongkat Ali long-term, (more than 12 months) you should take Tongkat Ali for 5 consecutive days and the stop for 2 days. If you repeat this cycle every week, you will benefit from the positive effects that Tongkat Ali can give on the long-term without having your body get used to it.

The above cycle is according to our experience the best possible cycle for permanent supplementation.

If you are an athlete or a bodybuilder and you are planning to take Tongkat Ali just for a specific time frame for 1-2 months, you should take Tongkat Ali every day without any break. The only adjustment you need to do during that time is to manage your daily intake. More below.

 

Tongkat Ali dosage intake:

How many capsules a day do you need to take? There is no general answer to that as it depends on your individual requirements.

Best advice is anyhow to start with 1 capsule per day during the first week. If you dont notice any stomach problems, (rarely people with a sensitive stomach can get stomach issues during the first week) you should increase the intake in the 2nd week to 2 capsules per day.

 

Most people that we know that supplement Tongkat Ali permanently find themselves in between 3-4 capsules per day as the perfect dosage. However this is very individual, some people are also fine with 2 capsules per day. As I said, it depends and you need to listen to your body.

If you are planning to take Tongkat Ali just for 1-2 months, you should also start with 1 capsule per day during the first week. In the 2nd week you can go up to 2 capsules per day. 3rd week you can go up to three capsules per day. And then it depends how long your cycle is in total. If I would be on a 2 month cycle I would supplement TongkatAli as follows:

 

Week 1: 1 capsule per day

Week 2: 2 capsules per day

Week 3: 3 capsules per day

Week 4: 3 capsules per day

Week 5: 4 capsules per day

Week 6: 4 capsules per day

Week 7: 5 capsules per day

Week 8: 5 capsules per day

What time during the day should I take Tongkat Ali?

 

Tongkat Ali dosage time:

Clear answer: First thing in the morning before breakfast. During that time your stomach is empty and your digestion system can absorb and exploit the active ingredients in the most efficient way.

 

When do I start noticing the effects of Tongkat Ali?

Tongkat Ali dosage effects.

Based on my experience it starts in week 2 by feeling a bit stronger and active. From week 3 you will feel stronger libido, sharpness during the day and your level of activity should increase as you feel very strong. You can keep this status or even improve it if you follow the above Tongkat Ali dosage instruction.

Tongkat Ali - Research and studies

We have compiled the most relevant studies and research papers related to the effectiveness of Tongkat Ali. If you are interested to read those studies, please click here.

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Tongkat Ali - FAQs

Are you perhaps planning for a baby? Do you have a hard time getting an erection? Do you feel lethargic and you have no motivation and power for the day? Then you should consider taking Tongkat Ali. 
 
As a herbal, natural and organic supplement, Tongkat Ali is a considerable and effective alternative to prescription drugs.​

Tongkat Ali - How does is exactly work in the human body?

Tongkat Ali Extract reduces the effects of ageing in the human body by raising naturally its free testosterone levels.
  • Stimulating the Leydig cells to produce more testosterone in your testicles.
  • Reducing aromatization. Aromatization describes the conversion of testosterone into estrogen.
  • Reduction of SHBG. (Sex hormone-binding globulin) Cortisol reduction.
  • Cortisol is a stress hormone that lowers testosterone levels.

The synergistic effects of the above mentioned points overall cause an increase in free testosterone.

Tongkat Ali - When will I start feeling the benefits and effects of Tongkat Ali?

There is no definite answer to this question. Each human body reacts differently. Some people notice first effects immediately after a few days, some people start noticing effects after 3-4 weeks. However, based on feedback from our clients and based on personal experience, the majority of people seem to start feeling first effects between day 7-10.
 
How do I find out whether Tongkat Ali extract is working for me? Generally speaking, and to be able to give a practical answer, you should take Tongkat Ali extract at least for 4 weeks and on a daily basis before drawing any conclusion. One of the signs that you will probably notice first is a slight increase in body temperature. Your body will feel a bit more hot compared to before. This is a good sign and an indication that the Tongkat Ali effects are starting to kick in. Another sign you will most probably notice is that you will need less sleep. On average, while taking Tongkat Ali, you will sleep approximately 1 hour less compared to before.

Tongkat Ali - What should I do if I dont notice any effects within the first 4 weeks?

There is basically 2 things to investigate. Your Tongkat Ali dosage planning and possible interference with other medication or drugs you may take at the same time.
 
In order to reap all the great Tongkat Ali benefits it is very important to properly dose Tongkat Ali in the amounts that are right for your body. Most people have great results taking either 2 or 3 capsules of 1:200 Tongkat Ali root extract per day. Make sure you take Tongkat Ali extract daily and before your first meal.
 
Do you take prescription drugs or other medicine at the same time while taking Tongkat Ali? This might be the reason why Tongkat Ali does not work the way it should. In case you do take any medication or drugs and you want to supplement Tongkat Ali, please consult your physician and check if any interference are likely to occur.
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Tongkat Ali - Do I need to take it permanently?

You dont have to take Tongkat Ali extract permanently. However the way Tongkat Ali works in the human body make it a great supplement for permanent use. Whatever the reasons might be for you to take Tongkat Ali, you should plan to take it at least for 2-3 months. After 2-3 months you can stop taking Tongkat Ali for 1 month without loosing any of the benefits as the effects of Tongkat Ali disappear the same way as they appear, subtle and over a period of several weeks.

Tongkat Ali - Do you offer Tongkat Ali in loose powder form?

​Yes, we do sell Tongkat Ali powder. Tongkat Ali powder can be available loose or in encapsulated form. On our website we offer Tongkat Ali in encapsulated form. This is mainly because most people find it more convenient to swallow capsules as opposed to taking the pure powder.

 

The taste of the powder is very bitter and that makes is very hard to consume if you take it without capsules. However if you prefer to encapsulate the powder yourself, we can also provide the powder in pouches. In this case please drop us a message and we will get back to you with more information.

Tongkat Ali - What is the best Tongkat Ali powder dosage?

Dosage plans should ideally be designed individually depending on your personal condition. However, we can give out some common guidelines as in most cases we wont be able to collect enough information of each individual.

If you are a beginner and take Tongkat Ali for the first time, our recommendation is to start with 300mg powder (1 capsule) per day. Ideally taken before the first meal. Take 1 capsule per day for the first week. In week 2 you can take 600mg powder (2 capsules) together in the morning before the first meal. After two weeks you should start feeling the first effects and from there you can decide to either up the dosage or stay with the current dosage plan, depending on your well being.

 

Important is to cycle off on a regular basis to avoid that your body builds up resistance levels. Some people prefer a 5days on/2 days off cycle, other people prefer to cycle off for 1 weeks after 4 weeks consumption. Which cycle you choose depends on your personal preference as both cycles have the same effect in the end.

Tongkat Ali - What is Tongkat Ali coffee and do you offer it?

Tongkat Ali coffee is a instant powder mix that mostly contains sugar and creamer. The term Tongkat Ali has been added purely for Marketing reasons. The content of Tongkat Ali in these products are way too low to have any influence on your body.

We do not sell Tongkat Ali coffee for several reasons. The most obvious reason is that the Tongkat Ali concentration in all products that are currently available on the market is way to low to show any effects at all. Secondly the products on the market are way to overpriced.

 

We do not recommend Tongkat Ali coffee to any of our customers. We believe that if you are a coffee enthusiast, you would probably prefer buying qualitative coffee powder or coffee beans. With Tongkat Ali it is the same, you should always buy the pure product.

Tongkat Ali - Are there any side effects?

Our Tongkat Ali is a 100% natural and herbal product without any additives and fillers. We offer pure Tongkat Ali root extract. Side effects taking Tongkat Ali are very rare but can occur if you overdose. Our extract is highly concentrated and most people get along just fine taking 1 or 2 capsules per day.

 

We always recommend to start with a very low dosage (1 capsule per day) for at least a week to see how your body reacts. If you follow these instructions possible side effects will be very rare. From time to time some people report that while taking Tongkat Ali they need less sleep. This is usually not a problem and most people dont see this as a negative but positive side effect.

Tongkat Ali - Is is banned or illegal in the UK?

No, Tongkat Ali has not been banned in the UK but it has been classified as a novel food. There are several articles online that claim that Tongkat Ali has been either banned or forbidden in the UK and all of them are false. If Tongkat Ali would have been banned and forbidden, UK distributors would not be able to import certain products into the UK anymore. In fact, 100% of all Tongkat Ali products that are sold and shipped from the UK have before been imported.

Tongkat Ali - Where can I buy organic Tongkat Ali?

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Our Tongkat Ali root extract has been manufactured with PT Sumatra Pasak Bumi Indonesia, one of the few government  controlled entities and the only Tongkat Ali producer that is allowed to harvest wild Tongkat Ali roots in government controlled areas. No additives, no fillers are added, our Tongkat Ali root extract is a 100% organic product. Organic products have become increasingly popular in the UK and we are happy to offer as one of the only UK suppliers 100% organic Tongkat Ali.

How can you guarantee that your Tongkat Ali is real?
As with anything else in the world, there is no 100% guarantee obviously. However, our company philosophy is based on a 100% transparency policy. We do not need to hide any information and we do not need to hide where we purchase our Tongkat Ali extract from, as many of our competitors do.
 
We believe that if you have nothing to hide, people will thank us in return with trust in our products. And this is one reason why TTAShop have become the biggest Tongkat Ali network in the world.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurycoma_longifolia

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1132-eurycoma%20longifolia.aspx?activeingredientid=1132&activeingredientname=eurycoma%20longifolia

https://examine.com/supplements/eurycoma-longifolia-jack/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4085925/

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1875536417300109

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https://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/hormones/cortisol

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2080856