Quality Tongkat Ali: Consumer Guide 2020

Are you seeking the best quality Tongkat Ali?

This article shares the best quality techniques in Tongkat Ali manufacturing – from harvesting, extracting, processing and packaging.

We will share more details on quality attributes and steps to ensure you are buying a premium quality Tongkat Ali product. 

Whilst this article may be useful, you should also check out 10 things to look out for when buying Tongkat Ali.


Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) is one of the prominent herbal roots that gained worldwide acceptance alongside Panax Ginseng. If you are new or have not heard about this amazing herb, here are some links to our past articles:


There at least 200 brands of Tongkat Ali in the market today. 

But do you know which one is of a higher quality?

Although we have shortlisted the top quality Tongkat Ali brands here, we still come across quality-related questions such as:

  • How do you ensure quality is standardized during production?
  • What quality tests are performed on herbal products to ensure safety to our health?
  • What are the quality checkpoints you should be aware of?

The best Tongkat Ali brand such as AKARALI™ goes through various quality checkpoints across different stages. And we shall share with you the insights what goes into making the best Tongkat Ali supplement.

Essentially, quality checks are performed at every stage of production. Here are the key stages :

  1. Plant & Harvest
  2. Extract
  3. Package & Deliver

The above processes demonstrate AKARALI’s commitment in producing one of the best quality Tongkat Ali in the world.

So let’s share the quality checkpoints at every stage!


Quality Tongkat Ali begins from the plant and that means the location where the plant was grown matters. Location determines the soil quality which contributes to the generation of the best bio-active compounds in Tongkat Ali. The right location is equally important in minimizing contaminants coming from pollutants that can be found in the soil.

Best Location To Grow Tongkat Ali

The best location for Tongkat Ali harvesting can be found in deep rainforests in the remote state of Pahang and Borneo – where some of the oldest rainforests in the world are found. Malaysia is best known for its diverse natural ecosystem, giving the best nutrients to grow the best Tongkat Ali plant on the planet.

Since every plant is unique, each plant produces different amounts of bio-active compounds. Therefore, not two roots are the same.

Quality Checkpoints During Harvesting

Here are some best practices:

Harvesting at the right time – a minimum of 5 years before harvesting

Harvesting at the best location – deep in rainforests away from contaminants

Storing the harvested root in a dry space and away from humidity at collection centres to avoid fungus contamination

Performing chromatography tests to ensure bio-active compounds exceed minimum thresholds to ensure consistency


In order to produce the finest blend of Tongkat Ali, it must contain the best bio-active compounds that you can extract. The excellent way to achieve that is to extract from its roots, and not other parts of the plant (eg: branches, leaves, etc).

A superior Tongkat Ali usually comes with high level of eurycomanone. The industry average is from the best extraction method can contain up to 3% of eurycomanone – primary found in its roots.

Why Tongkat Ali roots?

The root contains the highest level of eurycomanone, quassinoiads and alkaloids – major bio-active compounds which are found to contribute to a list of health benefits to your body such as boosting your free testosterone, improve immunity, libido and reduce stress.

More scientific facts on testosterone can be found here.

It is common to spot superior Tongkat Ali brands that are marketed as “Tongkat Ali roots”. More about top Tongkat Ali brands and price comparison are listed here

Herbal extraction methods

Herbal extraction is the engine of good health.

There are two common extraction methods deployed by Tongkat Ali manufactures:

  • Hot water-extract
  • Ethanol-based extract

The water extract method is considered to be more effective at preserving the active compounds in the root, as it uses heat and pressure to extract the compounds, rather than solvents or chemicals.

Additionally, water-based Tongkat Ali extract is considered to be a more sustainable method, as it uses less resources and produces less waste than other methods.

With freeze-drying, liquids from Tongkat Ali can be preserved, which turns them into powder while retaining the right nutrients.

This process also concentrates the Tongkat Ali final product, increasing their potency compared with their natural form – making it the finest blend of Tongkat Ali that you can possibly find.

Here is how a freeze-dried machine used by nutraceutical companies looks like. Read more about freeze-drying method here.

Quality Tongkat Ali brands such as AKARALI™ contain patented Physta® freeze-dried extraction technology which was jointly developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Government of Malaysia. (US Patent: 7132117, EU Patent: 1313491).

The collaboration was made to ensure the highest quality and potency of Tongkat Ali are made available to consumers while retaining the highest standard of safety.


The final stage consists of transferring the powder extract into the capsules and most consumers are unaware of the level of quality adopted at this stage.

The bottling process takes place in a manufacturing facility that follows the highest quality standards such as Goods Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Halal certification. AKARALI™ products are manufactured by Biotropics, a public listed company owned by the Government of Malaysia.

In order to prolong the shelf life, quality Tongkat Ali products must be stored in dry spaces, with temperatures below 30C and low level of humidity with minimal sunlight exposure.

The average shelf-life or expiry date is approximately 36 months from the production date. So do look out for the expiry date before you consume any products.

Last Words on Quality

Many have concluded that health is a new wealth. And quality health comes at a premium.

High-quality Tongkat Ali brands come with stringent quality controls that are performed at every stage of the production process.

Whilst premium clinically-tested Tongkat Ali is rare, it is worth investing in your long-term health.

Quality extraction technology along with best practices have enabled consumers to discover the true benefit of Tongkat Ali. This herb has had a long colourful history with plenty of potential health benefits – proven by scientists and researchers from around the world.

If you are ending your search for the finest and trusted brand of Tongkat Ali, give AKARALI™ a try and feel the difference.

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.

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17 Responses

  1. Very educational and highly informative article.

    As a consumer myself, I find it challenging to purchase quality herbal products from online stores. Most of the Tongkat Ali sold looks very dodgy and may not contain pure Tongkat Ali extract. I tried few of them like Pasak Bumi, Herbolife and few from iHerbs too – with little to no effect.

    I found out through friends in California that The Tongkat Ali sold in the US is mainly sourced from Indonesia, but it was brought in from China. God knows how the manufacturers source these Tongkat Ali raw powder, but from what i understood, the potency of Tongkat Ali is different from the premium ones sourced from the Malaysia.

    I couldnt comment that much as I have never been to Malaysia. Would love to hear feedback from others too.

    1. Thanks for the compliment John! There are a lot of the manufacturers out there are taking shortcuts deceive customers. You should come and experience Malaysia one day. We can schedule a visit to the nearby rainforests and see for yourself how quality Tongkat Ali plants grow and harvested.

  2. Awesome!!! Thank you for absolutely great recommendation. Here amazingly step by step review presented when it comes to Quality Tongkat Ali. I got some specific points of this herbal product which make me easy to decide to purchase products from there.

  3. Hey, I am a Malaysian and this is my first time reading such level of details on Tongkat Ali. I must say that this herb has been overlooked and underappreciated by Malaysians. I guess the stigma of Tongkat Ali brand and trust has changed completely in the last 10 years. The quality has definitely improved, more people are increasingly aware of its health benefits since it is sold widely in reputable pharmacies these days! Just like birds nest and our famous durian. Kudos akarali team for bring Malaysian brand to greater heights.

  4. Thank you for absolutely great recommendation. Here amazingly step by step review presented when it comes to Quality Tongkat Ali. I got some specific points of this herbal product which make me easy to decide to purchase products from there.

  5. wow! interesting and informative article. It was really helpful with learning about Quality Tongkat Ali. looking forward to learning more, thanks for the great insight on Tongkat Ali 🙂

  6. Very interesting insights and informative article. I never knew that the production of Akar Ali is very scientific, modern and complexed. Very different from other commercialised tongkat ali product that I have seen before. This one looks very modern and convincing.

  7. Never knew how tongkat ali was produce. This is a very interesting article and very detailed information. Who would have thought the distance it took to produce such quality tongkat ali product. The amount of scientific research and method used to extract tongkat ali. Wonder how far deep in the rainforest they have to go in order to harvest it? ????

    1. Thanks Sean for the comment! A lot of scientific research was placed in the last 10 years to develop Tongkat Ali to where it is today. 🙂

  8. Tongkat ali is the best out there. Creams worthless, injections worked but every week with the wave of ups and downs? No thank you for me. Started Akarali a year ago. Love it! This increases my testosterone levels and the consistency like nothing else. So glad and happy on how it has improved my quality of life so greatly.

  9. After more than 2 years of taking natural supplements mainly tongkat ali I would say that, the results have been nothing but very good. Currently, i am 60 years old and there is no side effects that I am aware of. My energy were improved exponentially since i started consuming it.

  10. Started taking products with natural remedies two weeks ago, i am feeling more energetic ever since. There is also a slight increase in my muscle mass. I am from India and i little knowledge about these herbs. With effort in researching and with the help of informative articles like this, i have a better understanding. I am happy with the results and the decision to go for a much less harmful and natural alternatives.

  11. Some of the tongkat ali products available (especially in 3-in-1 coffee) in the market are not 100% genuine as it has been mixed and contain a very low concentration of tongkat ali. It is indeed better to consume supplements in a capsule if you really opt for tongkat ali product

  12. Very informative article ! I found out that Akar Ali is also halal certified, which is really important for me, as I’m very concern with the supplement that I take as some of the medicine out there are using non-halal gelatine for their capsules.

  13. It was only last year i started to take tongkat ali. I was not gaining the results that were easy 20 years ago and it’s obvious that age was the main factor. Since then, i added tongkat ali to my daily diet and workouts. After a few month, i began to increase the duration and maintain intensity in my workout which lead to fat burn and increased muscle tone. But most importantly, i get to maintain my weight while increasing strength. It became an important part of my regime and I will continue to take it.

    1. You may order from our website and we ship directly to India via DHL. It should take 3-5 days to arrive, provided no delays on the customs clearance in India.

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