Genuine Tongkat Ali
The best way to see if the Tongkat Ali extract that you have purchased is genuine is to have a sample professionally verified by an analytics lab. As this is not always the fesable, we have put together a simple list of things to look for.
Genuine Tongkat Ali Extract ALWAYS has the following characteristics.
1) Tongkat Ali has a bitter lingering taste.
2) Tongkat Ali extract is water soluble and should dilute in water.
3) Tongkat Ali extract will absorb moisture from the air and become sticky.
What Scammers Often Claim
"Tongkat Ali extract has to be Dark Brown" FALSE: There are a number of companies who will irrefutably claim that Tongkat Ali has to be whatever color they happen to sell, if anything, this is the first sign of a scammer.
Tongkat Ali root is light brown at the core, (you can search on google images for evidence of this), the only part of the root that is dark brown is the dirt-stained bark. adding to this further, the solvents used to produce Tongkat Ali extract are crystal clear.
Why Are Some Tongkat Ali Extracts Dark Brown?
Before standardized Tongkat Ali extract, the strength of an extract was determined by the amount of root used to produce a set weight of the finished extract. Because of this, it was naturally assumed that the stronger strengths would be darker in color, this is true to an extent but the actual color difference between a 1:50 and 1:200 strength extract was hardly noticeable.
To solve this problem companies would manipulate the extracted color in the drying phase to give a darker appearance for the stronger extracts, creating a visual distinction between the different strengths.
With the advent of HPLC standardized Tongkat Ali extract the strength of the product is determined by the percentage of active compounds present rendering the need to darken the extract irrelevant.
CONCLUSION: The color of a Tongkat Ali extract is not a sure way to judge if an extract is genuine or not, both light and dark color Tongkat Ali extracts are available, they have just undergone different production methods.
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