Tongkat Ali is a tall plant native to Southeastern Asia, known locally as Eurycoma longifolia or Pasak Bumi. The roots of the Tongkat Ali plant are ground into a paste and boiled in water, the liquid Tongkat Ali brew is then consumed as a traditional medicine for its aphrodisiac properties.
Tongkat Ali Trees
Tongkat Ali Plant
Tongkat Ali Roots
What Is Tongkat Ali Extract?
Today Tongkat Ali root is very commonly used in plant extract form, taken in capsules as a health supplement or added to food and beverages to boost natural testosterone production in the body. It is in this modern extract form that Tongkat Ali has gained notoriety as a powerful, safe, natural testosterone booster.
Tongkat Ali root extract is a fine water-soluble powder that contains the active quassinoids found in Tongkat Ali roots. Tongkat Ali extract can vary in color from light sandy brown to a dark reddish brown depending on the roots selected for use, and the production methods used during the extraction process.
HPLC standardized extract tends to be lighter brown as it has fewer impurities, a well-produced traditional extract will often have a slightly darker tan color sometimes with a reddish tint. In some cases you may come across dark brown extracts, these have been overheated in the drying phase, if this is the case the extract will have charcoal smell and characteristics.
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Tongkat Ali Extract
How Tongkat Ali Works
To fully understand how Tongkat Ali extract works, it is helpful to know how testosterone is regulated in the body. The amount of testosterone manufactured by the body is controlled by a process called The Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Gonadal axis (HPG axis).
When Testosterone Levels Are Low
When your testosterone levels are low Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is produced by the Hypothalamus, which in turn stimulates the Pituitary gland to release Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing hormone (LH) these two hormones activate the Leydig cells to produce testosterone.
When Testosterone Levels Are High
If your testosterone level peaks at your natural high, your hypothalamus stops releasing GnRH, creating a negative feedback loop acting on the pituitary to inhibit the release of FSH and LH reducing the activity of the Leydig cells lowering the production of testosterone.
How TKA 1:200 Boosts Testosterone
When an individual takes Tongkat Ali the Hypothalamus gland releases GnRH regardless of the existing testosterone levels in the body; this new release of GnRH then switches on natural testosterone production, gently pushing your testosterone levels up higher and higher.
By taking Tongkat Ali at regular intervals, this bump of testosterone can be repeated and repeated, steadily increasing the user's testosterone level. When the desired testosterone level is reached. More substantial pauses between the dosages and short brakes of one to two days per week can be introduced to hold testosterone at the desired level.
When using Tongkat Ali root extract in this manner, you can increase or regulate your natural testosterone levels depending on the dosage used and the length of times between each dose.
Using Tongkat Ali
Tongkat Ali root extract is used by thousands of men worldwide to increase their testosterone levels safely. We have highlighted two of the most common reasons for using Tongkat Ali extract below.
Hypoandrogenism (Low Testosterone)
After age thirty, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone levels, if testosterone levels fall below 250 ng/dL this is diagnosed as low testosterone (Hypoandrogenism). Tongkat Ali extract is commonly used by men suffering from Hypoandrogenism to increase the natural production of testosterone, reversing the symptoms of low testosterone.
If you find yourself suffering from the symptoms of low testosterone such as erectile dysfunction/low sex drive, fatigue or depression, using standardized Tongkat Ali root extract is an excellent way to help steadily increase your testosterone back up to a healthy level.
What To Expect When Using Tongkat Ali For Low Testosterone
Depending on your initial testosterone level and how well you respond to Tongkat Ali extract it can take from one to three weeks for a sufferer of Hypoandrogenism to fully feel the positive effects of their Tongkat Ali.
TKA 1:200 Tongkat Ali extract users who began taking Tongkat Ali to treat the symptoms of low testosterone typically report an increased sex drive finding themselves more easily aroused with stronger erections and more energy day to day. Tongkat Ali users who suffered from depression have reported bouts of depression becoming mild and infrequent, or disappearing completely.
Bodybuilding / Fitness
TKA 1:200 is very popular amongst men looking to push their natural testosterone levels to the maximum as safely as possible, taking full advantage of the muscle building benefits that go hand in hand with a raised level of free testosterone and intense workouts.
What To Expect When Using Tongkat Ali For Bodybuilding
Week (1) On your first week you will not notice a massive change in your body as your testosterone level will be steadily increasing from its original level, but steadily increasing with each day of usage.
Week (2) By week two you should begin to notice an increase in strength and slightly faster recovery rate after training. (An increased sex drive is often reported in week 2.)
Week (3) During week three you should experience your strength increasing further, plus a heightened sense of well-being, you may also notice a slight increase in aggressiveness towards your workouts.
Week (4) By week four you should have seen an increase in lean muscle mass, and depending on your diet and workout technique you may have noticed a reduction in body fat. Your general feel-good factor and confidence levels should be significantly higher than usual.
Week (5) & (6) During weeks five and six your testosterone levels will be substantially higher; this is when you will notice the most significant benefits from your TKA1:200, gaining lean muscle mass and feeling stronger with every workout.
*PLEASE NOTE: At a chosen point between weeks three and six you may want to adjust your dosage to maintain a high level of testosterone, rather than continuing to push it up further, this is up to the user to decide, see our dedicated Tongkat Ali Dosage page for more information.
Is Tongkat Ali Safe?
At Tongkat Fitness we have been using Tongkat Ali extract since 2004, in this time we have tested many variants and different strengths of Tongkat Ali, here is what we think about the safety of Tongkat Ali usage. In our opinion, using standardized Tongkat Ali extract is one of the safest ways to boost your testosterone levels naturally, especially when applied to correct low testosterone levels back up to the high end of what would be considered normal for a healthy male.
Tongkat Ali extract encourages your body to naturally produces testosterone so your testes don't shut down like they would if you were introducing an external source of testosterone such as patches or replacement therapy.
Tongkat Ali extract contains a number of active quassinoids that have a positive effect on testosterone production and the hormonal balance in the human body, one of those being Triacetyleurycomanone, acting as a mild aromatase inhibitor, Triacetyleurycomanone reduces the chance of Gynecomastia occurring.
(SAFETY NOTE 1) Ideally, use a standardized extract no stronger than 2.8% Eurycomanone to ensure the Triacetyl-eurycomanone content is at the correct ratio to be effective against gyno.
(SAFETY NOTE 2) When stopping using Tongkat Ali extract we recommend that you slowly lower the dosage, increasing the time between taking the capsules, allowing the triacetyl-eurycomanone to stay in your system as your testosterone level decreases.
No PCT Required
If you have used Tongkat Ali as directed in the dosage guide cycling with off periods and adhered to the safety notes one and two above; no Post Cycle Therapy is required, Your testicles will be naturally producing testosterone, and your hormonal balance will be stable.
Tongkat Ali Dosage
At Tongkat Fitness we have taken our real-world TKA 1:200 Tongkat Ali experience and simplified the Tongkat Ali dosage system, separating Tongkat Ali usage into three different cycles: Increasing, Maintaining and Lowering. Using your TKA 1:200 Tongkat Ali extract in this manner will help you to safely manage your testosterone level and get the most from your Tongkat Ali purchase.
To increase your testosterone level with TKA 1:200 we advise taking the full manufactures recommended dosage of three capsules per day as follows:
- One 400mg capsule first thing in the morning
- A second 400mg capsule in the middle of your day
- And a third 400mg capsule last thing at night
Tongkat Ali should be taken in this dosage until you feel that your testosterone has reached the desired level.
If you are using Tongkat Ali for bodybuilding, wait until you can feel the testosterone boost positively affecting your workouts and then move to one of the maintaining cycles listed below.
Low Testosterone Usage
If you are using Tongkat Ali extract for low testosterone related symptoms, then it is best to use TKA1:200 in the increasing cycle mode until you feel your symptoms subsiding, keep using in the increasing cycle mode for another four days and then move to one of the maintaining cycles listed below.
We have illustrated two methods of maintaining a high testosterone level with TKA1:200 Tongkat Ali extract; you have to experiment and find which method works best for you.
Method 1: Take one capsule first thing in the morning and a second capsule last thing at night taken five days a week with two days off.
Method 2: Use one capsule per day taken last thing at night, with one day off every four days.
It is best to experiment with the above methods to find which one works best for you to maintain your raised testosterone. The maintaining methods shown above can be used indefinitely, but we recommend having a complete two-week break from Tongkat Ali at least every fourteen weeks.
If you have been using Tongkat Ali at a high dosage for an extended period and wish to lower your dosage or stop using Tongkat Ali altogether, it is best to taper down the number of capsules you are using, rather than just cutting off the Tongkat Ali usage overnight.
If you have been taking the three capsules per day as per the Increasing Cycle, drop to the Maintaining Cycle method for five days, followed by maintaining cycle Method 2 for three days and then move to the lowering cycle illustrated below.
From taking one capsule daily as per the maintaining cycle Method 2, lower down to one capsule taken on alternating days for five days running, take a break of three days and then take one capsule midday on alternate days for another three days.
Tongkat Ali Side Effects
Low Testosterone Usage
When used correctly to reverse the effects of low testosterone no side effects are noticed; this is because you are only returning your testosterone level to that of a healthy person and not pushing it up higher and higher into the range where side effects can occur.
When using Tongkat Ali at the dosage required to continuously raise your testosterone for an extended period of time, users will often push their testosterone up well above the norm, in these cases the following side effects have been noted:
1. Slightly raised aggression, not uncontrollable but noticeable at times, this is typical of increased testosterone levels.
2. Restlessness, when you use Tongkat Ali in high doses, your energy levels will rise, and you may find yourself staying up later.
3. Occasionally spots may appear on the back, mainly in hot weather, very mild but has been noted.
NOTE: The above side effects are a standard result of increased levels of testosterone in your body. To date, we have not seen any male pattern balding or hair loss or gynecomastia (gyno) of any kind.
NOTE: The information above is taken from our personal experiences using TKA 1:200 Tongkat Ali extract and will NOT apply to other Tongkat Ali extracts of varying strengths and/or brand.
NOTE: If you are prone to illness or allergies consult your physician (doctor) before taking dietary supplements of any kind.
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Studying: The Ergogenic Effects of Eurycomanone.
In 2003 Tongkat Ali was clinically tested against a placebo and came back with impressive results, the effects of Tongkat Ali extract (referred to as 'Eurycoma Longifolia' in this study) are documented in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (Article Number 007) The tests show a significant increase in testosterone levels over a twelve week period of usage compared to those using the placebo.
Results:This resulted in the candidates that took the Tongkat Ali having a greater increase in fat-free mass at the end of the trial.
Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
Studying: The effect of Tongkat Ali on stress hormones and psychological mood state in moderately stressed subjects.
This study was conducted using a low dosage of standardized Tongkat Ali extract for treating lethargy, low libido, depression, and fatigue and appears to restore hormone balance (cortisol/testosterone), improving psychological mood state in humans.
Results:The study found that daily supplementation with a low dosage of standardized Tongkat Ali root extract raised salivary testosterone levels by an average of 37% vs. the placebo. Click here for more information.
365 Fitness Magazine
Studying: The effects of taking two TKA 1:200 capsules per day on 30 male participants over a short two week period.
According to 365 Fitness Magazine, they started off with the intention of testing a wide range of natural herbal testosterone boosters and found Tongkat Ali extract was the only product having any effect.
After the first two weeks, they decided to forgo the product shootout and test the remaining TKA1:200 stock on all 30 participants at just two capsules per day and record the results.
Results: TKA 1200 had a group average testosterone increase of 56%, with the highest responder having a 210% increase. Click here to read the review.
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.
True: With Tongkat Ali, the testosterone boosting active ingredients are concentrated primarily in the roots of the Tongkat Ali plant, and therefore if you are buying a none standardized extract, you should always look for a product that states Tongkat Ali Root Extract.
If you are purchasing a standardized Tongkat Ali extract, it is produced with to a set measure of the primary active ingredients, in this case; Eurycomanone, therefore stating Root Extract is less relevant as no guesswork is involved when determining the strength and quality.
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.
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.
For Best Results Look For 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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