Tongkat Ali belongs to the family Eurycoma Longifolia and can be found in the forests of Malaysia. Tongkat Ali is an herbal remedy and has been used in traditional southeast Asian medicine for centuries, it is often used to treat a variety of health complications such as fevers, erectile disfunction, bacterial infections and now used for the cognitive improvement and increase of testosterone. Tongkat Ali has several properties that are considered Aphrodisiacs (increasing sexual desire) and has been publicized for its multiple benefits of boosting testosterone.
How it works: Testosterone Boost
Tongkat Ali is not TRT (testosterone replacement therapy). Tongkat Ali promotes testosterone boost by allowing the free testosterone which is normally bound to sex hormone binding globulin to be released. So, you have a higher level of your testosterone that you already have and its more available for the tissues to use for all the benefits it provides including increase in libido, muscle mass, cognition, and several other benefits (Malik, 2020). There is also a thought that it might help reduce the metabolism of testosterone, meaning that your body uses testosterone then eventually gets rid of it in the system but keeps the testosterone from degrading too quickly, so it is available for a longer period. 5 studies show that there were a different number of participants ranging from 13 to over 100 participants who all had an increase in their serum testosterone levels. To see the best results, you need to be eating a healthy balance diet, sleeping for at least 7 hours every night.
The researchers, at the University of Malaya in Malaysia, gave 16 men aged 18-30 years 600 milligrams of Tongkat Ali extract every day for 14 days. The researchers used Physta, a water-based extract from Bio tropics Malaysia Berhad.
Tongkat Ali supplementation increased the concentration of free and total testosterone by 34 and 25 percent, respectively. In the supplementation group, the oestradiol level rose by 51 percent.
Michael Duggal (TheNootropicReviewer) tells us about his experience on Tongkat Ali and why he still takes it every day. He says that he had improved energy levels and small cognitive improvements. He also mentioned that he could still function properly with less hours of sleep. Duggal also states that it helps relieve stress and anxiety by reducing levels of cortisol. Tongkat Ali also appears to have significant potential for restoring hormone balance (cortisol/testosterone) and improving psychological mood state in humans exposed to various modern stressors, including aging, dieting, and exercise stress.
Some people have reported feeling restlessness, anxious and some insomnia. This is likely because they have been taking Tongkat Ali while fasting, or too late at night. It is important to be dieting correctly when using Tongkat Ali.