High Protein Chicken Feed Supplement: How Tongkat Ali helps Chickens Grow Faster & Healthier

Tongkat Ali joins the list of organic high-protein non-GMO supplements for chicken feed, giving chickens high protein content and low fat.

This article shares useful information about Tongkat Ali usage as a chicken feed, and how high-protein Tongkat Ali supplements may help your organic chickens grow faster and healthier. This latest innovation goes deep into the commercialization of Tongkat Ali-fed chickens that is useful to large industry players including medium to small sized poultry farmers.


According to experts from Organic Feeds, the best food for chickens to grow fast is nutrient-rich feeds that contain essential proteins, vitamins, and minerals to help chickens accelerate their growth. 

Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) contains high protein (typically 20 to 30%), glycosaponin (40%) and other bioactive ingredients such as eurypeptides (22%) which contains high amino-acids that helps chicken grow faster whilst reducing fat. Tongkat Ali has thermogenic properties that increases metabolism and reduce body fat, which in some cases are used a weight loss supplement by active adults.

High-protein chicken feeds such as mealworms (36% protein), pumpkin seeds (33% protein), lentil (26% protein) and sea kelp help to grow chicken but more often than not, some protein chicken supplements do not boost metabolism, increase immunity or reduce fat in chickens. 

There are also homemade broiler boosters too which contain turmeric, black pepper, bitter kola, garlic, cloves, ginger, cayenne, and thyme that are used to increase metabolism of chickens which may have varying degrees of efficacy on fat loss.

A diet containing 16% protein is sufficient to keep the chicken healthy, but 20% of protein is considered optimal for chicken growth, eggs production. However, plant-based protein chicken feed and protein supplements for chicken are often expensive and ineffective for growth.

To ensure healthier chickens whilst balancing the high cost, agriculture specialist Anne Fanatico from NCAT  said that most farmers use targeted rations and reduce the amount of protein in the diet as the chickens grow (since chickens require less and less protein as they age).

Tongkat Ali fed chickens

Tongkat Ali is now used as a high protein and immune booster supplement for chickens. Tongkat Ali fed chickens enter a new foray of health organic chickens that considered premium and exotic for organic food lovers.

Senior research scientists Dr. Awang Samad from University of Sabah (UMS) first discovered the benefits of Tongkat Ali supplements on chickens in 2011 and his initial tests on 200 chickens revealed that the chickens had more protein and lower fat.

Early studies of the use of Tongkat Ali extract as a chicken feed showed 50% reduction of abdominal fat and a higher body weight gain after 5 weeks.  Physta hot water standardized Tongkat Ali extract was used as a chicken feed in this study and the Tongkat Ali fed chicken product won the gold medal in the Seoul International Invention Fair in 2013 and BioInnovation Awads in 2013.

Referring to the studies by the University of Sabah (UMS), Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Rosalam Sarbatly said that “Tongkat Ali has been proven to decrease the mortality rate of chickens, reduce the odour and flies in chicken coops and produce more active chickens”.

He added “Tongkat Ali may be added to chicken feed to reduce the vaccines and antiobiotics”. This presents good news for organic chicken farmers to use Tongkat Ali as a chicken supplement to increase immunity has been clinically tested on humans with promising results.

The outcome of this UMS study published in 2014 suggests strong potential of Tongkat Ali as an organic chicken supplement to that helps build more protein, less fat and improve its overall growth rate. Tongkat Ali extract is added in small ratio, 1:100 mixed with commercial chicken feeds such as grains and soya to boost the immune system of the chickens. This helps to reduce the mortality rate, which increase productivity for medium scale poultry farmers.

Taste and Texture

How does Tongkat Ali fed chicken taste like? It’s actually not bad! Juicy, tender and slightly firmer than conventional chickens, Tongkat Ali fed chickens may appeal to those seeking for exotic organic chickens that are rich with nutrients, high protein and low fat.

Based on anecdotal test on 40 people who have tasted Tongkat Ali-fed chicken vs. normal chicken, most preferred the taste of Tongkat Ali fed-chicken due to firmer texture but softer than free-range-free-roaming village chickens.

Tongkat Ali fed organic chicken is reported to be juicy, more flavour and less tender compared to conventional chicken due to lower fat and higher protein. If it is not properly cooked, the meat can be even tougher or firmer depending on the temperature and cooking techniques (eg: slow roast vs grilled). Thus it is recommended to marinate the chicken overnight for optimal tenderness and taste.


Malaysia is the first to announce the commercialization of Tongkat Ali fed chicken in August 2022. A-yamli is the first premium organic Tongkat Ali fed chicken that is now exported to Brunei and other countries. The brand has been featured on many local television channels including TV3, NTV9 and TV Al-Hijrah.

Being the epicenter of Tongkat Ali R&D from its first global research with MIT, Malaysia has once again proved its wide range of applications of it’s MIT-formulated Physta Tongkat Ali extract. Tested on humans since 2003, Physta is the best Tongkat Ali extract used as a dietary supplement for chickens may benefit farmers, growers and end consumers as demand for organic chickens grow exponentially in the last decade.

FAQ: User Guide

Our user guide will answer questions and help you how to use Tongkat Ali as a supplement for your chickens or as a chicken feed supplement.

Is Tongkat Ali good for chicken feed?

Adding small portion of Tongkat Ali extract with chicken feed may improve the chicken’s growth rate with higher protein content, less fat and improve the mortality rate due to higher immunity against bacteria or virus infections. Tongkat Ali fed chickens have firmer texture and 50% less fat which may appeal to organic food lovers.

Is it safe to add Tongkat Ali to chicken feed?

It is safe to feed your growing chicken with Tongkat Ali extract. However, Tongkat Ali extract must be used, or mixed together with grains, soya or other commercial chicken feed in small ratios of 1:100, or 1:1000. The use of higher Tongkat Ali dosage is on chicken embryos is not recommended and should be avoided.

Can I use Tongkat Ali on chicken embryo?

Study in 2016 showed that 0.1mg of Tongkat Ali per 100 eggs improved the survivability and pre hatch development of chicken embryo. However, the study stated the lethal dose (of LD50) of Tongkat Ali on chicken embryo is 10mg. Farmers should follow the recommended dosage before administering Tongkat Ali on chicken embryos. 

How to use Tongkat Ali for chicken feed?

As a general rule, adding 1kg of Tongkat Ali extract to every 100kg of chicken feed may improve the growth rate of your chickens significantly. However, please ensure you use lower dose or ratio of 1:1,000 before gradually increase the ratio to 1:100. We recommend you to consult your vet, animal nutritionists or poultry scientists before administer Tongkat Ali extract to your chickens.

Which type of Tongkat Ali that can be used for chickens or as a chicken feed?

Yellow Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) is the most researched with scientific-backed benefits compared to black and red Tongkat Ali extracts. Whilst it is mostly tested on humans and animals, users are cautioned against using black or red Tongkat Ali extracts as it may contain high content of heavy metals (eg: mercury, arsenic, cadmium and lead). The best Tongkat Ali supplements for chicken feed are sourced from pure root extract, pass heavy metal tests and contain low maltodextrin content to ensure the best bioactive ingredients for protein synthesis, energy conversion and muscle growth.

Where can I buy Tongkat Ali extract for chicken feed?

AKARALI offers pure yellow Tongkat Ali extract that is best used for chicken feeds. Developed using Physta standardized hot water extraction technology, this is the best pure authentic Tongkat Ali extract that you can buy, clinically tested on humans and used as a protein supplement for your chicken feed. 

Is Tongkat Ali fed chickens organic?

Tongkat Ali is 100% plant-based food and feeding chickens using Tongkat Ali makes it 100% organic. Definition of organic chickens is often confusing but the general rule is that organic chickens are raised according to guidelines where they are only allowed to eat USDA-certified organic feed, making them free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, additives, or animal by-products.

Pure Tongkat Ali extracts contains zero maltodextrin that may otherwise cause blood sugar spikes. Organic chickens are fed with plant-based food with high proteins. Amongst the top high-protein chicken feed such as peas, broad, french and runner beans are particularly beneficial, being high in protein and popular with chickens. 

The latest innovation of adding quality Tongkat Ali herb mixed with corn and grains helps to make organic chickens grow fast and healthier, improving their immune system against infections. Tongkat Ali has been studied to improve immune system by increasing T-cells, CD4 cells, thus reduces the likelihood of virus or bacteria infections.


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 .

Our articles are third party reviewed by our panel of experts and medical advisors to ensure the facts are accurate and credible. These are validated against multiple source references which include but not limited to research studies, peer-reviewed journals, pre-clinical studies, clinical tests and other credible publications.

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The content published on this website is for educational purposes and should not be viewed, read, or seen as a prescription or constitute any form of medical advice. We recommend you consult your nearest GP or doctors before consuming Tongkat Ali or any products which contain Tongkat Ali. For further information, kindly refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.

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