Chemical T – Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia)
Like many supplements of old there are fertile areas in the world that just seem to produce quality fruits, vegetables exotics plants, you name it with benefits. One such area is the Southeast Asia region, where, as you can guess it many of these revolutionary ingredients of their time were discovered and used. As you can summarize, many of these plants found through history where put to the test with pure antidotal evidence. There was no fancy science by which to truly study something at the molecular level, thus trial and error over thousands of years has battle test them, Tongkat Ali being such a battle tested traditional herb.
Chemical T – Tongkat Ali Potential Benefits
- Supports Testosterone
- Men’s Sexual Health
- Supports Lowering Stress
- Supports Athletic Performance
- Used in Traditional Medicine
So, what are the main uses and functions of Tongkat Ali?
It is well known and well documented that tongkat ali increases testosterone levels in men with low levels of this primary sex hormone.
Low testosterone levels can be caused by aging, chemotherapy, radiation treatments, certain medications, injuries or infections of the testicles, and certain illnesses, including chronic alcoholism and obstructive sleep apnea (1*).
Summary of Factors for Low Testosterone
- General Aging
- Chemotherapy or Radiation Treatments
- Some Anti-Depressants or other medications
- Trauma or injury to the testicles
- Various diseases
- Substance abuse ie: chronic alcoholism
- Obstructive sleep apnea
A low testosterone level can lead to low libido, erectile dysfunction, and in some cases, infertility. It might help with these issues because compounds in tongkat ali increase testosterone levels (2*, 3*, 4*).
Summary of Effects of Low Testosterone
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- And in some severe cases even infertility
Researchers found that 200 mg of tongkat ali extract daily significantly increased testosterone levels in 76 older men with low testosterone levels over a one-month period Over 90% of participants returned to normal values for this hormone (5*).
Finally, tongkat ali may improve sperm motility and concentration, boosting male fertility (10*, 11*, 12*, 13*, 14*). In one study of 75 male partners of couples with infertility, it was found that the effects of taking 200 mg of tongkat ali extract per day were significant for areas sperm concentration and motility after 3 months. Treatment was effective over 14% of couples became pregnant (15*).
Tongkat Ali – May Relieve Stress
There have also been several studies conducted which indicate that Tongkat Ali may lower the stress hormone in your body, in turn decreasing ones overall anxiety, as well as elevating and improving ones mood.
A major study was conducted over the duration of 1-month in 63 adults who had low to moderate stress. The research showed supplementing them with 200mg of tongkat ali extract per day helped reduced the stress homone levels of cortisol in the saliva by 16%, compared to those in the study who were given a placebo (16*).
The lowering of stress over time will lead to an improvement in overall mood and general mental help functions and improvements. Stress is probably the number one toxicity in the body that can destroy the body and lead to things like low testosterone and mental related issues. Thus, reducing the stress affect and anxiety on the body is key to improving the overall quality of life.
May Improve Body Composition
Its a well known fact that Tongkat Ali is often claimed to help boost athletic performance and increase your overall muscle mass. The reason for this is tongkat ali contains compounds that are called quassinoids, including the following eurycomaoside, eurycolactone, and eruycomanone. These will help your body use energy more efficiently, help in reducing fatigue, and will help your overall performance (17*).
There was a very small, 5-week study conducted with a total of 14 men participating. All the participants were placed on a strength training program and the results found that those who took as little as 100mg of tongkat ali extract per day saw drastic and significant increases in their lean body mass opposed to those taking a placebo (18*). The same people who took 100mg of tongkat ali also saw and increase in fat loss to those on the placebo.