Tongkat Ali Myths & Truths
Because genuine Tongkat Ali root extract is a highly sought after product with a relatively high price tag we have created this simple guide to bust the myths and help you make an informed decision when buying Tongkat Ali root extract. Firstly, let's take a closer look at some of the myths and truths that you are likely to come across when shopping for Tongkat Ali root extracts.
Always Look For Root Extract, Not Just Tongkat Ali Extract.
True: The active ingredients in Tongkat Ali are found in the root the plant, and therefore you should always look for a product that states Tongkat Ali Root Extract, or if you are in doubt contact the manufacturer and confirm with them that the product is indeed root extract.
Tongkat Ali Is Dark Brown In Color
False: The inner root of the Tongkat Ali plant is light brown color, (see the images below), when a Tongkat Ali extract is produced it is done so using a clear liquid, either a solvent based fluid or water, both of these liquids are crystal clear. There is no reason why a well-produced Tongkat Ali extract would be dark brown.
In traditional extracts it was assumed that darker color meant a stronger extract, because of this some manufacturers would bake the extract till it was almost charcoal, this is not the best practice.
Tongkat Ali Roots
Tongkat Ali Chipped Root
Tongkat Ali Root Extract
Tongkat Ali Is Bitter Tasting
True: Tongkat Ali extract is undoubtedly bitter tasting and should leave a lingering unpleasant taste on the tongue, in Malaysia Tongkat Ali is known as Penawar pahit this translates as "bitter medicine."
Tongkat Ali Is Water Soluble
True: Tongkat Ali is produced using liquid extraction, followed by spray drying, this method of extract makes plant extracts hygroscopic, meaning they will absorb moisture from the atmosphere over time.
If placed into liquid a genuine Tongkat Ali extract should dissolve, sometimes this requires a stir as the fine powder can sit on top of the water if it clumps.
Only Buy Standardized Tongkat Ali Extract
False: Although we sell standardized Tongkat Ali extract ourselves, and firmly believe this to be the best way to take Tongkat Ali for maximum effect, Tongkat Ali is used in many forms such as tea and coffee, ground root and of course extract from; it is okay to consume most types of Tongkat Ali.
Avoid Dirt Cheap Tongkat Ali Products
True: Because it is the root of the Tongkat Ali plant that contains the active ingredients, to produce genuine root extract the whole tree needs to be fully uprooted and a fresh tree planted per harvest, this makes Tongkat Ali root extract very expensive to produce.
It is quite safe to assume that dirt cheap Tongkat Ali products found on Amazon and eBay are not going to be 100% root extract.
Want To Buy The Best Tongkat Ali?
If like us, you are the type of person who wants the best, especially when it comes to your health and the products that you consume, we have put together this simple list of ideal things to look for when shopping for Tongkat Ali extracts.
Ideally, Purchase HPLC Standardized Tongkat Ali Root Extract.
The reasoning: Tongkat Ali extracts produced using HPLC mass spectrometry equipment during production yield a very consistent strength and quality of extract, and therefore the finished Tongkat Ali is more reliable and safer to use than traditional extracts.
Ideally Use Delayed-Release Capsules
The reasoning: Many of the active compounds and quassinoids found in Tongkat Ali extract are acid sensitive, making their oral bio-availability around 7% to 12%.
When administered in standard capsule form, the bio-availability of these active quassinoids rise to around 45%. When using DRS (Delayed Release) capsules designed purposely for acid-sensitive ingredients, the bio-availability increases to around 90%.
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