Are you fast approaching your mid-thirties but often feeling lethargic and tired after long hours at work? If you are, then chances are a dose of supplement is what you need to make you feel alive again.
Yes, there are millions of people searching for the best herbal supplement for various health reasons, and increasingly popular if your are shifting to all-natural diet. Asian herbs and natural products are more widely consumed by Asian-Americans in states such as California due to traditions passed down from past generations.
For most millennials and if you are one, you probably have not heard of Tongkat Ali, but the word Long Jack, somewhat rings a bell. The fact is, both Long Jack and Tongkat Ali comes from the same plant known as Eurycoma Longifolia.
Now, you may think Tongkat Ali serves only one purpose – to improve libido for men, but the benefit doesn’t end there. The myth and misconception of Tongkat Ali have changed in recent years due to rapid development in science and innovation.
Dubbed as the Malaysian Ginseng, Tongkat Ali now offers an array of health benefits proven by modern science. This makes your home-grown American Panax Ginseng relatively inferior compared to Tongkat Ali.
The increasing demand to boost our immune system and improve overall wellness has made consumer search for the best herbal supplements that works wonder as “the magic pill”. Well, if you consume generic vitamins or supplements from Amazon, this article may come in handy.
17 out of 20 supplements sold on Amazon
In the United States, searching for the best Tongkat Ali is often challenging and frustrating. With more than 200 brands of Tongkat Ali sold on Amazon, your search often ends with a handful of glossy marketing claims of “the best Tongkat Ali” in finished product – whether in capsules or performance food supplement that are manufactured in the United States.
90% of the raw ingredients from the Tongkat Ali plant
are sourced from Malaysia
Yes, you heard it. Now here comes an industry fact.
Malaysia and Indonesia are the only two countries that have been exporting raw (unprocessed) Tongkat Ali to the United States for final production.
And no, Tongkat Ali doesn’t grow in cold climates, nor it is found in South America or China.
Finding the best Tongkat Ali in the United States is almost impossible
So, as a consumer, you will discover the so-called best or popular Tongkat Ali products sold in the United States are not necessarily authentic, pure or potent compared to the ones sold in Malaysia.
Here is some explanation.
Given the most potent Tongkat Ali comes from its root, with the highest concentration of eurycomanone, glycosaponin, protein and other bio-active compounds.
It is unfortunate that some brands marked in the United States often dilute it’s potency by mixing with less potent parts of the plant – eg: the branches or bark. Worst still, some Tongkat Ali suppliers in the US are using Black or Red Tongkat Ali, which are supposedly more potent, but more dangerous to health.
The best Tongkat Ali used and tested as safe are usually from the Yellow Tongkat Ali, indicated by the distinct yellowish color with a strong but distinctive bitter taste. Here is a comparison between Yellow, Red and Black Tongkat Ali if you are unsure.
For suppliers and brand owners in the United States, taking short-cuts in Tongkat Ali production means more profit margin for them.
Furthermore, longer time is required to ship tonnes of raw Tongkat Ali from Malaysia to the United states, and that means the quality of Tongkat Ali can be severely impact due to the sensitivity from humidity and weather changes. This may dilute the efficacy and bio-active compounds that can be extracted from the Tongkat Ali root.
So, in short getting the best Tongkat Ali in the United States is almost impossible. Effectively what you are getting is low grade Tongkat Ali products sold at premium prices on Amazon, or at your local pharmacy.
Or unbelievably so, the best hot-selling Tongkat Ali products are even marketed as male enhancer pills, or natural viagra; mostly by adding sildenafil and tadalafil to preserve its libido-enhancing capabilities.
But, is this the quality Tongkat Ali that the Americans deserve?
The escalating cost of healthcare and quality access to the best medication or supplements has prompted many Americans to find alternatives online.
Americans have no choice as Amazon continues to dominate the online market with near-fake Tongkat Ali products which are heavily diluted and less authentic.
Are you still finding it hard to believe?
The fact that there are some parts of the Tongkat Ali plant which cannot be completely dissolved in your body can best be illustrated through a simple test.
Here are two stark comparisons between a pure authentic Tongkat Ali root using a standardized proprietary extraction technology vs. a less premium Tongkat Ali brand (but marketed as the “best”). Watch this video below.
Can you see the difference – on the residues left by the after diluting in warm water? Now the accumulation of unknown residue in your kidney after a long period of time can be harmful.
Whilst every Tongkat Ali brand sold claims to be the “best”, this simple test will nullify basic arguments. Of course, there more advanced tests such as chromatography tests performed in laboratories, but how many of us today have accessibility to such test facilities?
Getting the best directly from source
But if you are a Gen-X or even Baby Boomer and reading this, you may be more careful not to fall easily into the marketing trap when searching for the best Tongkat Ali in the United States. And chances are you know where to find the best Tongkat Ali even if you are living in the US.
Yes, innovation and infusion of science have benefitted this herbal root, making it more popular than ever, even amongst the millennials. However, there is a rise of fake Tongkat Ali laced with other banned substances out there, so do your research beyond the marketing hype.
The power of the internet and online market place means you can purchase the best Tongkat Ali directly from the source.
The best Tongkat Ali contains purity that you can enjoy daily, and consumed with your favourite alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. In fact, Tongkat Ali is consumed for centuries since the 1800s in coffees and teas.
For cigar smokers and those who enjoy late nights, the best and finest Tongkat Ali can be consumed without any side effects. The first Tongkat Ali infused red wine was introduced in 2015, indicated the versatility of this herb when consumed with alcohol.
Feedback from party-goers such as reduction in hangover and increased energy are common, thus making Tongkat Ali one of the magical-pills that is popular amongst fun-seeking millennials.
Boutique artisan brands are the best
Rapid commercialization led to the birth of generic Tongkat Ali brands, most of it selling more for profit than focusing on quality ingredient. But what do you know the best Tongkat Ali brands are usually very niche?
Boutique artisan Tongkat Ali brands such as AKARALI specializes in premium and authentic Tongkat Ali through proprietary extraction technology known as Physta®.
AKARALI is one of the few artisan Tongkat Ali brands in Malaysia that promotes scientific-backed education amongst its younger consumers who are actively seeking alternative and natural ways to enhance their vitality.
The brand aims to break the myth and misconception from strong traditional beliefs of masculinity, virility and libido which are closely associated with Tongkat Ali.
AKARALI was coined from a combination of two Malay words; “Akar” which translates to root in English, and the word “Ali”. The word AKARALI equates to “Tongkat Ali root”, or more commonly known as Long Jack in other countries.
Your Next Best Friend
With improved quality over the years, the best Tongkat Ali cannot be described in words, but rather it needs to be experienced. The extraction technology, stringent quality controls on the raw ingredient, harvesting techniques and Government policies have made Tongkat Ali from Malaysia one of the best that money can buy.
Could this “magical herbal pill” be your next best friend amongst the trendy millennials in the United States, or does it appeal as reliable companion to the tirelessly workaholic Gen-Xers and melancholic Baby Boomers?
As long as you are above 35, your gradual reduction of testosterone will inevitably lead you to find the best Tongkat Ali in order to restore that long lost energy and spark – from bedroom activities and jazzing up your activities again.
But if your experience with Tongkat Ali resulted in little to no effect, you may have bought the wrong brand. And with reasons explained in this article, the best Tongkat Ali cannot be found in the US, or Amazon.
We shall leave you with this thought.
If the best wagyu beef is found in remote areas of Japan, the best Tongkat Ali can be found in the deep rainforests of Malaysia. It is quintessentially Malaysian, filled with rich history since the early 1800s.
Will you purchase the best if you can buy directly from source?
Perhaps, it’s time to wave your hyped-up friend Mr. Long Jack in the United States.
And say hello to Tongkat Ali.
This could be your next best friend, because your health deserves the best.
Naressa Khan contributes regularly on AKARALI. As a writer and journalist, Naressa is all about creating, deconstructing, and reassembling meanings through words. With this approach always in mind, she eagerly explores the nuances in life via the aspects of lifestyle, culture, travel, health, and wellness.