Tongkat Ali: Everything you need to know!
Are you also confused by reading different information about Tongkat Ali all over the internet? Well, you are not alone I can tell you that!
What if there is a site that covers every important aspect about Tongkat Ali including a detailed step-by-step guideline? Consider yourself lucky!
Tongkat Ali is all about Quality. If you want that Tongkat Ali works for you, you need to have an in-depth understanding over several characteristics that are typical for a Tongkat Ali supplement.
Dont make the same mistakes I made before and that many people still do over and over again.
Here is what you need to know.
What is Tongkat Ali?
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: Quality
Tongkat Ali is native to Indonesia, Malaysia and in lesser extent to China, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. Most Tongkat Ali products come either from Indonesia or from Malaysia.
Yes, there is a lot of cheap Chinese quality on the market as well that you will find primarily in the South-East Asian countries.
As far as Europe and North America are concerned, most Tongkat Ali products you can find are either imported from Indonesia or Malaysia.
So lets compare the quality between Tongkat Ali from Indonesia and Tongkat Ali from Malaysia.
There are 2 main differences to consider:
First difference: Naturally grown Tongkat Ali vs. Cultivated Tongkat Ali. In Indonesia, most of the Tongkat Ali trees harvested, have still grown naturally over several years deep in the rain forest and very far from civilization.
These trees and in particular the roots contain naturally a very high level of active compounds compared to cultivated Tongkat Ali trees.
In Malaysia, the population of naturally grown Tongkat Ali trees are far smaller compared to Indonesia. Therefore, most Tongkat Ali products manufactured in Malaysia come from cultivated Tongkat Ali trees. These trees are harvested already after 2-3 years and they contain less active compounds that Tongkat Ali trees that have naturally grown for 10-12 years.
Second difference: Contaminant loads. There is evidence that many Tongkat Ali products from Malaysia contain high rates of lead, mercury and other heavy metals.
Of course it does not mean that all herbal supplements, including Tongkat Ali, that are being produced in Malaysia are contaminated with heavy metals. However, the below studies indicate that herbal traditional medicines from Malaysia, including Tongkat Ali, do face severe issues with heavy metal contamination in their products.
Tongkat Ali: Quality levels
Tongkat Ali quality levels:
Tongkat Ali = Tongkat Ali? It would be too easy to be true!
Have you ever wondered why the price levels from one Tongkat Ali product to another can be drastically different? Is it just because one vendor takes higher profit margins than the other? No, its not that simple, there is more to the story;
Let me explain you what is happening:
The simple answer to above question which applies to the majority of the products offered online is: Quality! Period.
Lets get more into details:
What parts of the Tongkat Ali tree can be used to produce herbal medicine? Correct, ALL parts can be used. Even the parts that do not contain or just little active compounds.
Does it make sense to use even the parts of the Tongkat Ali tree that do not contain active ingredients? YES it does! But not for you as a buyer.
Why? Because it makes a cheap product that can be sold expensive under the name "Tongkat Ali".
Remember, only the roots of the Tongkat Ali tree contain a high percentage and high density of active compounds. It is crucial to understand that there are different quality standards available on the market.
Tongkat Ali: How to distinguish?
How to differentiate between different Tongkat Ali qualities?
There are three main qualities available on the market:
Lowest and cheapest product standard: Tongkat Ali powder. Tongkat Ali powder is literally useless. To produce Tongkat Ali powder, all parts of the tree, except the roots, are used to produce Tongkat Ali powder. The percentage of active ingredients is so low, your body will not even notice anything. If you buy a supplement that contains Tongkat Ali powder, you might as well throw your money straight outside the window. Trust me, the effect is the same.
Industry standard: Tongkat Ali Extract. Tongkat Ali extract is just a concentrated, not standardized form of Tongkat Ali powder. Still, pretty much useless. People tend to believe that an extract is always better than a non-concentrated formula. Well, in this case it is only partially true. What if a non-concentrated formula is already non-effective and useless? Why would you need to buy an extract of a useless product and potentially pay a premium for it? I personally do not know, it just doesnt make any sense.
Highest product standard: Tongkat Ali root Extract. What appears to be just a small little detail, does the entire trick! What you need to check carefully before buying Tongkat Ali, is what is written on the product label.
Dont get fooled by products that are offered and described as 'Tongkat Ali', 'Tongkat Ali Extract' or 'Tongkat Ali 1:200 extract'. Those only suggest that actually buy the most effective formula available on the market. But they are certainly not!
If you want to buy the highest product standard, you need to look out for the following descriptions on the product label: 'Tongkat Ali root extract'" or 'Tongkat Ali root extract powder'
Tongkat Ali: Standardization
It changes everything if you understand that there are huge differences between Tongkat Ali powder, Tongkat Ali extract and Tongkat Ali root extract. It is literally like three completely different products. Once you figured that out, we can look even further into different concentration levels. On the above label you can see that it says Tongkat Ali "1:200" root extract.
Below are the 3 most common Tongkat Ali standardization (concentration) levels of which "1:200" is the highest concentrated and the one containing the highest number of active compounds:
1:200 stands for the level of concentration. 200 KG of Tongkat Ali root extract have been further concentrated to produce 1 KG of Tongkat Ali root extract.
1:100 stands for the level of concentration. 100 KG of Tongkat Ali root extract have been further concentrated to produce 1 KG of Tongkat Ali root extract.
1:50 stands for the level of concentration. 50 KG of Tongkat Ali root extract have been further concentrated to produce 1 KG of Tongkat Ali root extract.
Tongkat Ali: Beware of scam vendors
What is the definition of a scammer?
Definition of a scammer: "One who does everything in his/her power to steal from another, usually by means of trickery, deceit, and force."
How to spot or identify a Tongkat Ali scammer?
This indeed is a very difficult task. Especially if you buy Tongkat Ali online and not in a physical store. But, the answer again is very simple: Knowledge!
Having the knowledge about the different Tongkat Ali products as described above, help you to identify a fake or false offer. Although this does not give you a 100% guarantee, but it is the best possible way to avoid tricky scammers. Sorry to say that there is no magic trick, all you need is simply: Product knowledge.
Lets have a look at some very obvious scam practices. Lets not forget what the definition of scammer is. Trickery is one method scammers use.
Look at the following pictures and check if you can spot any attempt of trickery:
Any sign of trickery? Exactly! The use of false statements like "Tongkat Ali increases penis size" is a very common practice among scammers. Dont fall for empty promises like that.
Below is a similar example, but using other techniques:
Did you spot anything suspicious? No? Then you need to look closer.
I know its a bit difficult to spot but with the right product knowledge it becomes quite obvious. What you need to look for in above example is the ratio between quality vs. price that is being offered. In above example, 100 capsules of Tongkat Ali extract are offered at USD 105.
What has been offered? Exactly.
Tongkat Ali extract and not Tongkat Ali root extract. Offering Tongkat Ali extract (100 capsules) at USD 105 is in my personal opinion ridiculously overpriced and is a 1st class price extortion.
To make it easier spotting signs of price trickery and scam attempts, I have defined a simple to follow price guideline:
Tongkat Ali powder, 30 gram (30,000 Milligram)
Retail selling price ranges between USD 10 - 20
Tongkat Ali Extract, 30 gram (30,000 Milligram)
Retail selling price ranges between USD 25 - 35*
Tongkat Ali root extract, 30 gram (30,000 Milligram)
Retail price ranges between USD 60 - 85*
*Depending on concentration level offered (1:50, 1:100, 1:200)
If you spot any product that significantly falls out of the above price ranges, you might get scammed with false statements or you might just get massively overcharged.
How do I know that the above price ranges are industry conform?
I have been working since several years (10+) in the industry. We have price lists from different manufacturers in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and China and therefore know exactly what the market prices are.
A retailer or distributor who purchases directly from the manufacturer usually operates on a 20-30% mark up. Which means, manufacturer wholesale price + 20-30% distributor mark up = retail selling price.
Tongkat Ali: Fake products
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: Science
Effects on libido:
An increase in libido is seen with prolonged daily ingestion of Tongkat Ali supplements in the range of 8.4-10.8%.
View entire study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3518798/figure/fig2/
Effects on sperm quality:
View entire study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23243445
Effects on Well-Being:
View entire study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23243445
Effects on testosterone:
View entire studies here: