Eurycoma longifolia, also known as Tongkat Ali or Malaysian ginseng, is a flowering shrub native to Southeast Asia. It’s been used in traditional medicine in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and other countries for centuries. Traditionally, it is used to treat infections, fevers, malaria, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, and male infertility, and has recently been shown to naturally increase testosterone levels in men.
What Is Tongkat Ali Used For?
Tongkat Ali can help stimulate the release of free testosterone, improve sex drive, reduce fatigue, and improve well-being. It has even been shown to help fight against the detrimental effects of stress, including day-to-day stress as well as the stress of dieting, sleep deprivation, and exercise training.
What Are the Dangers of Tongkat Ali?
Depending on how the plant is extracted, there are potential side effects you should be aware of. Alcohol extracts of Eurycoma longifolia have been shown to exhibit toxic effects at high doses. Hot-water root extracts, on the other hand, have been demonstrated to be extremely safe without any side effects. It is classified as a “Category 5 (extremely safe) according to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).”
There is some danger of buying ‘fake’ extracts of Eurycoma longifolia. Some companies on the market claim they are using Tongkat Ali, but spike their supplement with additional drugs and chemical compounds. Those additional compounds can bring with them their own side effects and dangers. The most common additives to Tongkat Ali are tadalafil, sildenafil, and vardenafil. These come with side effects like nausea, low blood pressure, headache, blurred vision, priapism, diarrhea, back pain, and dizziness. Not only are there the initial side effects that come with those unhealthy additives, but there is a risk of additional additives interacting with various prescriptions and over the counter medications for further complications.
One of the easiest ways to tell if a supplement is pure is to taste it. Properly made extracts have a very distinct bitter taste, because of the natural presence of quassinoids. If the supplement is not bitter it could be diluted with other chemicals and compounds, which may result in a less potent supplement.
What Are the Benefits?
In clinical research, there was a 37% growth of testosterone levels in the subjects tested compared to placebo. To get these results, they used supplements of only 200mg/day for four weeks. There were also some results in helping with lowering tension, anger, and confusion. Eurycoma longifolia extract helps restore normal testosterone levels. It has even been shown to improve lean body mass, strength, and arm circumference.
What Is It Good For?
Tongkat Ali’s effects on testosterone levels can be extremely beneficial. Testosterone plays a major role in male development and plays a number of important roles including:
- Reducing visceral fat
- The deepening of the voice during puberty
- Facial and body hair growth
- Muscle size and strength
- Bone growth and strength
- Sperm production
Over time, testosterone levels drop gradually as a man ages. Roughly a third of men who are 45 years old or older have lower levels of testosterone than what is considered normal. Testosterone deficiency can lead to:
- Reduction or loss of body and facial hair
- Loss of muscle mass
- Low libido
- Small testicles
- Reduced sperm count
- Increased breast size
- Poor concentration
- Brittle bones
Improving your testosterone levels can help you combat the symptoms of low testosterone, and in some cases, can even reverse some of the damage done by low testosterone. For example, a man with osteoporosis can increase his bone strength and reduce his fracture risk as he also increases his testosterone levels.
Andro400’s Potent 200:1 Extract
Your body needs testosterone to develop and function normally. We don’t want you to waste your time or money, so we use a 200:1 extract for our Ultra Max T product. That means out of 200 grams of Eurycoma longifolia, we use only the most useful 1 gram of extract. This process makes sure you are getting a condensed, potent, and clear form of tongkat ali.
Not only do we use a 200:1 extract, but we always use the roots of the Eurycoma longifolia, not the stems, branches, fruits, or leaves. Different parts of the Tongkat Ali plant provide different health benefits. For example, the fruit is used in curing dysentery and the bark is used as a vermifuge. We know that you aren’t looking to get rid of parasites, so we make sure our products only include the best root materials to provide you with the testosterone boost you’re looking for.
Check out our products that use Tongkat Ali. They have been clinically shown to help increase and support healthy testosterone levels.