TONGKAT ALI or its scientific name Eurycoma longifolia Jack is a common herbal shrub usually found along the slopes of hilly terrains of the Malaysia Rainforests. The shrub is known as the ‘Bitter Cures’ because it is really bitter and can cure all kinds of ailments and diseases. It is also known as ‘Pasak Bumi’ or the ‘Earth Fixer’ because of its solid and long winding roots. Its name which is associated with a renowned warrior provides a hidden meaning to its name associating it with the spirit of manliness and health.
Benefit of consuming Tongkat Ali:
- Stress Reliever
A research result suggest that after taking a Tongkat Ali supplement for four weeks,researcher found significant improvements in the mood states of tension, anger, and confusion as well as decreased salivary cortisol and increased testosterone in human.
2. Build Muscle
Researchers found that 100 mg/day of a Tongkat Ali for five weeks increased muscle mass and strength in men participating in an intensive strength training program. At the study’s end, Tongkat Ali was found to have raise free and total testosterone levels and muscular force.
3. Treatment of infertility
200 mg/daily supplementation of Tongkat Ali in men for three to nine months resulted in higher semen volume, sperm concentrations, percentage of normal sperm morphology, and sperm motility.
4. Bone Health
Low levels of testosterone can increase the chances of developing weak and brittle bones – a condition called osteoporosis. Many minerals such as calcium, magnesium and vitamin D help to reduce the risk of the disease.
Tongkat ali’s ability to increase testosterone levels means that it could be an important weapon in the fight against osteoporosis and help maintain bone strength and health.
5. Treating Cancer
A study appearing in the Natural Products Journal states that this herb’s root extracts contain beta-carboline alkaloids that show significant cytotoxicity against breast and lung cancer cells. Researchers involved in this study were able to identify 3 new beta-carboline alkaloids and 19 existing ones that are highly cytotoxic.
6. Anti-bacterial Characteristics
Acetone and alcoholic extracts from the Malaysian ginseng leaves and stem have potent antibacterial agents, according to the results of a study carried out in Malaysia and published in the Saudi Medical Journal. Extracts used in this study were effective against Staphylococcus, Serratia marscesens, Escherichia coli, and Salmonella typhi bacteria strains.
7. Testosterone Booster for Men with Late-onset Hypogonadism
Late on-set hypogonadism (LOH) is a condition in which the body’s testosterone production is inadequate. In the US, LOH affects three million men. The good news is this herb’s extracts can improve the Aging Males’ Symptoms (AMS) scores of such men, according to a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
8. Build Muscle
In a preliminary study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers found that 100 mg/day of a Tongkat Ali extract for five weeks increased muscle mass and strength in men participating in an intensive strength training program compared to those who participated in the program alone.