Last Updated : 26th March 2022
Lets get one thing straight — finding quality Tongkat Ali is exceptionally tough.
Millions of Tongkat Ali products are sold in the United States each year, riding on the recent boom of natural wellness from centuries of traditions in Asia.
Are brands and manufacturers deceiving more consumers by promoting placebo effects of Tongkat Ali behind low-quality extracts?
If you are tired of getting cheated by cheap Tongkat Ali products in the USA (which are mostly produced in China), then this article is for you.
Here is a guide when searching for the best quality Tongkat Ali products.
- Make sure the Tongkat Ali roots are taken from plants harvested for 5 years or longer.
- Don’t easily fall for the 200:1 Tongkat Ali extract claims
- Check on the country of origin (Malaysia vs. Indonesia)
- Look out for reputable top Tongkat Ali brands
- Check on the herbal extraction method for higher potency & safety
- Stick to single origin Tongkat Ali
Whilst medical experts have voiced their strong opinions and views, Tongkat Ali has evolved from an ED-focused pill to an all-purpose supplement by regulating hormones, boosting testosterone, promoting better mood profile and increasing immunity — largely due to growing scientific evidence in recent years.
However, this will only work if you are consuming a potent Tongkat Ali.
Only a handful of quality Tongkat Ali brands have been shown to bring quantifiable and noticeable benefits.
A case in point, quality Tongkat ali such as MIT-formulated Physta® has undergone more than 26 clinical trials, with 140 million doses of extract produced and sold in 32 countries.
But can you find similar quality Tongkat Ali in the market today?
Now, here is a word of caution.
So, what should you look out for when finding top notch Tongkat Ali products?
Before we share some tips, here are few words on quality.
On Quality & Trust
Since it’s first discovery centuries ago, quality of Tongkat Ali in Malaysia has significantly improved mainly through research and development, quality controls, enforcements and public policies.
And in this article, we share with you attributes that defines quality Tongkat Ali.
Today hundreds of research and clinical trials have been conducted to validate Tongkat Ali’s wide range of health benefits, with the latest one being a 2020 study by a group of researchers from the University of Santarina, Brazil that showed consuming 200mg Tongkat Ali daily with a 3-day exercise per week resulted in the most testosterone increase during a 6-month trial.
Quality research and validated studies were a testament of Malaysian Government’s commitment through quality-driven policies and initiatives to bring quality Tongkat Ali to the global market.
If you had the chance to travel, you may experience how Tongkat Ali is sold widely in Malaysia – from tea, coffee, and even global brands Nestle had introduced Tongkat Ali infused coffee in the market some time ago.
Golden Rules: How To Find The Best Quality Tongkat Ali
Now lets get back to the main topic.
If you think you are getting the best value from your past Tongkat Ali purchases on Amazon, you may want to think twice.
Here are some golden rules to guide your future purchase.
1. Make sure it is mature Tongkat Ali root
Here is the first golden rule. Quality extract comes from the root.
Tongkat Ali root has the highest bioactive ingredients as it absorbs the most nutrients from the soil.
But before the root can store the bioactive ingredients, it needs time to grow!
Yes, quality Tongkat Ali is when you allow it to grow and consume more nutrients over a longer period.
Senior scientist Dr. Annie George spends 10 years in Biotropics, studying Tongkat Ali bioactive ingredients from various samples and trees in Malaysia.
However, industry observers reported Tongkat Ali manufacturers and suppliers often harvest young premature plants.
Premature plants, averaging 2-3 year old, are often harvested illegally for mass export to China, and sold as Tongkat Ali powder extract to the United States.
Cheap low quality raw Tongkat Ali supply doesn’t guarantee consistent level of eurycomanone, saponin and other beneficial bioactive ingredients that your body needs.
Because Tongkat Ali is not a fruit-based plant (like tomatoes, oranges, etc) where consumer can taste the final product, it provides more room for manufacturers to deceive consumers by harvesting premature Tongkat Ali trees.
Would you eat tomatoes, apples, vegetables from premature plants?
Chances are you won’t, would you?
So make sure it is mature Tongkat Ali root extract!
2. Don’t fall for 200:1 Tongkat Ali
100:1, 200:1, or even 500:1 does not represent a quality Tongkat Ali product.
Now here is why.
200:1 is a concentration ratio that is commonly used by herbal manufacturers to represent the production output gained from a herbal extraction process.
More often than not, concentration ratio is abused as a misleading potency indicator.
For instance, 200:1 Tongkat Ali extract means it takes 200 kg of Tongkat Ali to produce 1 kg of Tongkat Ali extract.
However, here is the ugly truth.
Does the manufacturer use 200 kg of Tongkat Ali root (which has higher bio-active ingredient), or worst still, 200 kg worth of Tongkat Ali;s bark, leaves and branches to produce the same Tongkat Ali extract?
The above illustrates the difference you get from a quality Tongkat Ali vs. a low quality Tongkat Ali using a 200:1 concentration ratio example.
Now, think twice before buying “quality” 500:1 vs 200:1 Tongkat Ali products.
We shall explain why you should consider a quality herbal extraction method instead.
3. Country of origin is important
Another golden rule before buying, regardless of whether it is made in the USA, is always to check the country of origin where they source the raw Tongkat Ali from.
Some quality Tongkat Ali products show clearly on their labels.
Here are some key facts:
- 90% of raw Tongkat Ali in the market today comes from Malaysia (and some of parts of Indonesia of course).
- Indonesian Tongkat Ali manufacturers are notorious for cheating its customers.
- China Tongkat Ali manufacturers smuggle Tongkat Ali illegally from Indonesia and resell it in the US market.
Malaysian companies are gaining trust compared to Indonesia-made products due to extensive quality on its supply-chain and manufacturing practices.
Rare, but if you want highest quality, look out for GMP, ISO-certified and USFDA-inspected Tongkat Ali manufacturers in Malaysia.
If you want to know more, there are five reasons why the best quality Tongkat Ali is from Malaysia
4. Look out for reputable brands
Go beyond the glossy branding hype by independent Tongkat Ali resellers on Amazon.
Some low quality Tongkat Ali may cause adverse effects.
Like Don who reportedly experienced nausea after taking Tongkat Ali in his two-week review, we totally understand his frustration.
With more than 100 brands of Tongkat Ali (with various names such Pasak Bumi, Long Jack, etc), how do you identify a trusted Tongkat Ali brand?
Before making a purchase, please consider reading the Tongkat Ali Global Brand Survey which includes compilation more than 20-50 popular Tongkat Ali brands around the world including price comparison, price per capsule and others.
You can view it here.
5. Check the herbal extraction method
Quality Tongkat Ali does require 200:1 or even 500:1 extraction ratio to guarantee its potency — but rather underpinned by the herbal extraction methodology & processes.
The best Tongkat Ali herbal extraction technology must be clinically tested to deliver the highest amount of bio-active ingredients that are beneficial to your health.
Some of the finest Tongkat Ali in the market today is produced through one of the most complex herbal extraction method shown below:
A standardized patented extract such as MIT-formulated Physta® often has higher potency, which results in higher than average bio-absorption and superior health benefits.
Real-world reviews showed a noticeable increase in lean muscle mass and weight loss in two weeks, after consuming quality freeze-dried extract Tongkat Ali.
Common extraction methods in producing quality Tongkat Ali include warm drying, spray drying and freeze-drying method.
Freeze-dried method is touted as a premium formulation in the industry. More on industrial method of freeze-drying here
6. Stick to Single Origin Tongkat Ali
Now here is the last point if you are expecting optimal benefits from quality Tongkat Ali products.
Preferably, find a single origin Tongkat Ali and stick to it.
Single origin means it is harvested at the same location by the same community. And you can find single origin Tongkat Ali, harvested by highly-trained indigenous people in remote Malaysian states of Pahang and Johor.
Single origin provides better long-term sustainability from replanting effort and practices.
And lest you forget, the best research and clinical trials are based on 100% single-herb Tongkat Ali – typically from single origin handpicked roots with quality standardized extract.
It means, try to avoid taking all-in-one-herbal supplement that contains Tongkat Ali + Maca + Horny Goat Weed + Ginseng or others – which are not validated, nor proven to be effective.
In fact, a research by the University of Southern California on 50 “T-boosting” supplements showed that 90 percent supplements claimed to boost testosterone, but only 24.8% had data to support the claim.
In addition, studies have shown consuming mixed-herbal supplements may not deliver the required health benefits.
If you are curious how does Tongkat Ali compare to Horny Goat Weed, Maca, Yohimbine and others herbal supplements based on scientific evidence, you can read more about it here.
More consumers are demanding for quality Tongkat Ali in recent years and we hope you find this article useful.
If you are seeking for simple quality test on Tongkat Ali that you can do at home, here is a little secret.
You can compare the quality of two Tongkat Ali brands by watching the video below and follow these steps:
- Place your recently purchased Tongkat Ali capsule and another brand of Tongkat Ali in two separate glasses filled with warm water.
- Stir it for 3 minutes and let dissolve.
- Compare and observe the two glasses
Can you notice the difference?
A Tongkat Ali with quality extract will dissolve completely in water with minimal or no excess residue (that may be harmful to your kidney in the long term)
If you are first-time user and do not notice any noticeable difference after consuming Tongkat Ali after 48 hours, clearly you are not getting a quality product!
For more information, do visit our Tongkat Ali FAQ. Believe me, it is one of the most comprehensive FAQ on the planet.
Naressa Khan contributes regularly on AKARALI. As a researcher and investigative journalist, Naressa is all about creating, deconstructing, and reassembling meaningful content through words and facts. With this approach always in mind, she eagerly explores the nuances in life via the aspects of lifestyle, culture, travel, health, and wellness in Malaysia .
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