The best Tongkat Ali begins with quality production. We have prepared this guide to ensure you are well informed before finding the best Tongkat Ali!
As the world is ageing coupled with the increasing cost of healthcare services, we seek affordable, quality and effective alternatives to boost our health. The global pandemic of COVID-19 has taught us to protect our immune system from virus attacks as we age.
However, due to the lack of regulations and enforcement imposed by authorities, most of us end up purchasing low-quality Tongkat Ali products from the online market such as Amazon and e-Bay.
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:
Searching For Quality Tongkat Ali Begins Here
There at least 100 brands of Tongkat Ali in the market today. Although we have shortlisted the top quality Tongkat Ali brands here, we still come across questions from consumers on quality 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?
We help you to compile the answers through a detailed explanation on quality. This can be a handy guide, allowing you to assess the quality attributes of a premium Tongkat Ali product.
The best Tongkat Ali brand such as AKARALI™ is subjected to various quality checkpoints across different stages. Essentially, quality checks are performed at every stage of production. Here are the key stages :
- Plant & Harvest
- Package & Deliver
The above chart can be applied to any herbal manufacturing processes – regardless it is manufactured in the country of origin or in other countries.
So let’s share the quality checkpoints at every stage!
Stage 1: Plant & Harvest
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
Stage 2: Extract
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 only 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
You can easily spot if a product is filled with other parts of Tongkat Ali or mixed with other unknown substances. Spot the visual difference with this simple test shown in the video below.
Herbal extraction methods
Herbal extraction is the engine of good health.
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There are two common extraction methods deployed by manufactures:
- Regular drying + boiling method
- Freeze-drying method
Regular or hot-drying method have a major disadvantage as the high temperatures used can cause chemical or physical changes to the herbal root. Even boiling raw Tongkat Ali has major disadvantages as it will include other bio-active compounds that may be detrimental to your body.
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.
Stage 3: Pack & Deliver
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 the new wealth. The highest quality of Tongkat Ali is without doubt comes with stringent quality checkpoints that are performed at every stage of the process.
Like gold and precious stones, premium Tongkat Ali is rare in the market today. Don’t get duped easily into purchasing herbal products beyond its marketing hype or price. Check the official website first!
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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