Do you know that almost 90% of the Tongkat Ali in the world is sourced from Malaysia or Indonesia? It means, whether you are consuming Long Jack as part of your nutrition plan or as a pre-workout supplement, or perhaps the Tongkat Ali that you bought recently on Amazon – these are sourced from either of these countries.
How do you then identify quality Tongkat Ali as for most consumers, the difference is not visible to the naked eye because they all look and taste the same way!
Now let us explain why the best Tongkat Ali on the planet earth is from Malaysia.
1. Best Soil Fuels the Best Plant
Scientists discovered the best soil fuels the best plant. Soil is the link between the air, water, rocks, and organisms, and is responsible for many different functions in the natural world that we call ecosystem. You can read more about soil here.
Malaysia is home to 130 million year old rainforest – with more than 185,000 recorded species of fauna and 12,500 species of flowering plants.
Due to its wide range of biodiversity and the oldest rainforest in the world, this means the best soil on the planet can be found in Malaysia.
This is where the finest Tongkat Ali can be found – in a location that is free from any human contamination and pollutants. Most of these locations are remotely inaccessible by vehicles and only accessible by hours of walking on foot.
The magical biodiversity of Malaysian rainforests such as the Royal Belum, is globally recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage as being one of the oldest forests in the world. Read more here
Tongkat Ali plants are often left to grow or harvested until it reaches full maturity within 5 years. This is developed with the help of public-private sector initiative led by the Government of Malaysia without causing any form of damage to the natural ecosystem.
2. Best Herbal Extraction Technology
There are many ways to extract the bio-active compounds or nutrients from Tongkat Ali and here are the top common practices
- Boil-and-drink method – i.e traditional.
- Heat dried extraction method
- Freeze-dried extraction method
Adopting the best extraction method matters in the herbal industry as it ensures:
- The right bio-active compounds are extracted to increase absorption into your body
- Minimizes or eliminates hazardous compounds (such as lead or mercury) that can be harmful to your health and parts of your body (eg: kidneys).
There are few extraction methods that are commonly practiced in Malaysia by manufacturers. One of the most accredited and scientifically tested is Physta® formulation, a patented technology that is available in AKARALI™ products. This formulation is sold as health nutrition or supplements and widely used by healthy active adults.
Physta® is a patented freeze-dried water-soluble extract jointly developed with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Government of Malaysia (Reference US Patent: 7132117 and EU Patent: 1313491).
The Phsyta® formulation contains standardised quantity chemical compounds to ensure the therapeutic values from Tongkat Ali are maintained – 100% pure soluble extract using aqueous solvent and freeze drying through assiduous quality control for consistency.
Physta® is owned by a herbal Malaysian company funded by Khazanah Nasional and sold worldwide even in the United States.
The best Tongkat Ali manufacturing facility which carries the Physta® formulation is wholly owned by Khazanah Nasional, the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Malaysia’s Government. Khazanah’s portfolio of investment value is worth USD 26 billion across several key industries, which include traditional and herbal industry such as Tongkat Ali.
3. Enforcement & Government Support
Do you know that it is illegal to export Tongkat Ali in it’s raw form? If you were found to carry a Tongkat Ali root outside or beyond Malaysia, you will be fined, or worst still, likely to be jailed in Malaysia! Tagged as a precious commodity, the penalty shows how strict enforcement is in Malaysia.
The health authorities in Malaysia are constantly monitoring illegal, fake and counterfeit products in the market. Here is the list of banned herbal supplements by the Malaysian drugs & health authorities.
If you find desirably cheap Tongkat Ali product below USD 15, please be careful and suspicious. Always find the country of origin and ask for the Certificate of Analysis (COA)
Please be extra careful if the Tongkat Ali product is sold from countries such as China, India, Vietnam, Europe, Singapore.
Since Malaysia is the net exporter of Tongkat Ali, The Government of Malaysia has placed Tongkat Ali as one of the national economic driver for the nation since 2013. The price for Tongkat Ali could reach up to RM 2,800 per kilogramme. You may read more here.
If you want to look for the best Tongkat Ali, please ensure the products are manufactured by Government owned companies with controlling stakes, or at least a public listed company in Malaysia. AKARALI™ is one few Tongkat Ali products that is highly regarded as premium, as it is based on pure root extract and from not other parts of the plant (which can be less potent).
4. Guaranteed Authenticity & Trust
If you read the labels on selected premium Tongkat Ali products, you will notice that it is produced from licensed manufacturers in Malaysia. Not all brands are transparent on such a granular level of detail.
On top of that, the best Tongkat Ali roots are usually handpicked by the locals who live there and there is a reason for that – to protect the environment and the natural ecosystem.
There is a reason why best producers hire and develop local indigenous people in this industry – they walk hours in the deep rainforest to identify the best Tongkat Ali plant to be harvested.
Believe it or not, no large machinery is involved to remove the plant. It is all done manually, largely using hand-held tools like the one shown below.
If you don’t believe it, please continue reading.
Some time ago the Medicine Hunter, Chris Killham, visited Malaysia to discover Tongkat Ali as the next natural viagra. His story was published in ABC News and gained global interest as he went deep into the rainforests of Malaysia to discover the process and many other interesting findings. You may read his full story here.
Beyond the media coverage, authenticity also comes from years of trust from consumers around the world. This is where increased awareness by the consumers on evidence-based facts is important to build the level of trust.
Like any herbal supplements or drugs, human trials are important to validate the effectiveness of Tongkat Ali. You may find a list of science-backed research findings from notable journals and papers on Tongkat Ali health benefits here.
To guarantee authenticity and quality, few premium products such as AKARALI™ is chromatography tested using in-house laboratory at the manufacturing facility in Malaysia to ensure highest level of quality on Tongkat Ali.
5. Years of Long History
Tongkat Ali gained worldwide popularity, demand and interests from scientists to sports nutritionists in such a short time. Many did not know that this ancient herb from a former British colony has had a long history, dating back thousands of years.
If you look at the painting of Tongkat Ali belonging to General William Farquhar below, it was a gift to him back in the 1800s.
William Farquhar was believed to be one the first Scottish to receive such a gift from the locals given the first attempt by the British to land a foothold in Malaysia in 1786. Back then and until today, Tongkat Ali is symbol of power for primal men, with its close association with masculinity and virility.
The painting of Tongkat Ali plant is now stored and kept safely at the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings in Singapore as evidence that Tongkat Ali gained the reputation of significance to modern civilization back in the 1800s.
Back in the early days before free-market capitalism and manufacturing revolution, Tongkat Ali is widely used by locals to treat many types of illnesses such as flu, cold and revitalize their general health. These practices are similar to how Ginseng is used by the Chinese thousands of years ago.
Different parts of the Tongkat Ali plant are used for different purposes– from its branch, leaves and roots. Each part of the Tongkat Ali plant is rich with quassinoids, which have been found to contain several bio-active compounds that are used to heal and improve health.
Since then, modern science and technology has allowed better research and development to be performed on Tongkat Ali. The main bio-active compounds are the most potent in its roots which include, eurycomanone, eurycomaoside, eurycolactone and eurycomalactone.
The finest Tongkat Ali are usually handpicked and processed from its roots using the best extraction technology such as Physta® formulation.
So there you have it!
These five reasons explain why the best Tongkat Ali on the planet can only be found in Malaysia, and nowhere else.
Our advice is that make sure you undertake proper research before making your next purchase. If you have decided that Tongkat Ali is for you, then you may purchase here.
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