There is a popular plant in the Eastern part of Asia, known as Tongkat Ali. The root of the plant is highly valued since it helps to produce an extract which is used to make a well known herbal remedy for the increase of testosterone levels in the body. You must be wondering why the body needs a boost when it comes to testosterone levels. There is quite a simple reason behind this.
At the ripe young age of 20, many of us feel absolutely invincible. With all the testosterone raging through our body, the world feels like it is at our feet and nothing is difficult in life. It is in this phase that we reach the peak of our sexual libido and vitality. Our muscles are in good health and we do not need to think of the future.
This feeling starts to subside somewhere along the mid 30’s. Most of us become somewhat weaker than we were before, become tired easily and occasionally fatigued. This starts to impact the sexual performance of the body as well, since the testosterone levels are beginning to decrease. With the libido decreasing, men may feel pressured to perform and thus lose confidence in bed. Women too, are affected by lack of testosterone since it lowers their sex drive and bodily functioning.
With the decrease of testosterone, people will opt to visit a doctor, who will in turn prescribe Testosterone injections or gels that help boost the testosterone count in the body. Besides these options, a better alternative is Tongkat ali which has restorative powers. The lands in the east of Asia have known about Tongkat Ali for many years and have been exploiting it for their own health. With the discovery of the properties by the western world, the demand for the plant has increased many fold and production drastically increasing in countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand. Though in the recent times, there has been a growing competition between Tongkat Ali manufacturers. Companies and people with vested interests have used internet marketing to build specific perceptions convenient for their products. For example, Tongkat Ali extract should only be from a specific country say Indonesia or Malaysia and there are ongoing publications trying to convince the end customer one way or another. The fact is that extract coming from countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia or Philippines is produced from the same plant and the plant is same all across the territory. Another piece of information which is floating around is that Tongkat Ali has only dark brown color which is again nothing more than but a misconception, because the color of the finished product depends on the extraction process and could change due to the addition of the inactive ingredients (excipients, binders, fillers, etc.) which are required for product manufacturing.
Understanding the manufacturing process of these pills and capsules would help clear the myths about the whole matter. The roots of this plant are collected in East Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines or Thailand. Then extract is manufactured from these roots. The manufacturing of this extract happens in Asia only. This extract is then exported to end product manufacturer which could be located anywhere across the globe. After undergoing standardized tests and processes for quality, capsules and pills are manufactured using this extract. One should always go with a manufacturer who can assure you of the manufacturing conditions and the use of real extract in their products.
If choosing to purchase Tongkat Ali products, one should keep in mind four major points. The first of these is the concentration in which the Tongkat Ali is present in the product you plan to purchase. The basic proportions in which the herb is available should be of three types. These are 1:50 or 1:100 or 1:200. Though proportions are available in 3 types, the most potent one is 1:200 and the recommended dosage is 1000-1500 mg per day.
The manufacturing condition in which the extract of Tongkat Ali is taken out and processed further is very important, as mentioned before. One must be sure that the manufacturer is supervised by a standardization body. In East Asian countries, there are many unsupervised manufacturing facilities which may use not valid ingredients such as chemical components bringing bad name to the whole ecosystem. But this does not rule out the fact that there are some good manufacturing facilities as well. An example of usage of not valid ingredient is the usage of sibutramine / sildenafil (Viagra). There has also been evidence of heavy metals such as lead and a number of other contaminants, all of which are quite harmful to your body. A steady dosage of even trace amounts of heavy lead or microbes and germs over a period of time can do irreparable damage to the liver and digestive system.
In comparison, the conditions of manufacture in developed countries are much more sanitary and safe. Facilities under the supervision of bodies such as FDA ensure high quality since noncompliance can result in the loss of their license and hence the business. These countries also have standardized levels of allowed amounts of heavy metals which makes it even more accurate in suggesting dosage.
When visiting a dietician or fitness expert, one must be careful about the dosage suggested by them when having Tongkat Ali products. Depending on your body size and concentration of the extract, no more than a 1000mg to 1500mg should be taken every day. If you are taking the extract simply to increase libido and sexual performance in bed, this much is quite enough and can be slowly decreased to a 1000mg as your performance and vitality increases. Alternately, if you are in the process of body building and are looking to use this for boosting energy and endurance levels, a good idea would be to consult a personal trainer. However, no more than 1500mg should be taken each day as this could be harmful for the body.
Lastly, you must make sure you have received the original product. Tongkat Ali extract is by nature, bitter in taste and any natural product made with the extract will taste bitter as well. This is one of the easiest and most important indicators of having received a good quality and original product. You need to be aware of manufacturers who may also add sildenafil Viagra to the extract, to make it seem more powerful. It is always better to purchase Tongkat Ali from well know FDA-approved manufacturers as they are generally more reliable.
Tongkat Ali is a wonderful herbal remedy for both men and women who are looking to bump up their libido and everyday energy levels. However, one must be completely sure of purchasing the drug from a company that is chemical free and trustworthy. Most companies that manufacture the final product in USA and Europe will give you that promise and you can hold them to it. After all, you as the customer deserve the absolute best.