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Tongkat Ali on Amazon: Things You Should Know Before Buying

Is Amazon the best place to buy Tongkat Ali? Or you may have a sudden urge and start wondering the best place to purchase Tongkat Ali at online market places.

Forget about Alibaba, this article is dedicated to online shoppers who are mostly on Amazon. If you are reading this, chances are you are an active shopper on Amazon or have bought Tongkat Ali from Amazon.

Paranoia on the global pandemic has now fueled more demand for supplements as a proactive measure against bacteria or viruses. As our immunity system demands greater protection coupled with our constant fear, supplements on Amazon have recorded spikes in online sales.  

17 out of 20 vitamin category products sold on Amazon
are immunity-related

At the same time, the number of consumers subscribing to natural diet and herbal supplements is on the rise.

Few notable natural herbs from Asia such as Tongkat Ali, is now widely accepted as a proven alternative to Panax Ginseng in recent years.

The global herbal supplement market continues to soar due to easy accessibility via Amazon besides its effective health benefits and fewer side effects.  It is in fact, increasingly common for herbal supplements to be consumed as part of your daily diet these days. 

However, the online herbal market place is bustling with sellers with aggressive marketing claims in recent years. And consumers are not well informed of some of the pitfalls when buying Tongkat Ali on Amazon.

Whether you choose to believe it or not, most of the Tongkat Ali products sold on Amazon today originate from two main countries – Malaysia and Indonesia.

The health benefits associated with Tongkat Ali have fueled higher demand with more than 200 Tongkat Ali brands sold on Amazon today.

To the uninformed buyers, it becomes insanely impossible for one to choose the best value for money from Amazon without knowing what to look out for.

Amazon search result on Tongkat Ali or Long Jack

Searching from the best Tongkat Ali on Amazon can be a daunting task for first-time shoppers. An experienced shopper, however, will take time to do his / her research before buying.

If you are curious about how confusing it can be for consumers when searching for Tongkat Ali or Long Jack from Amazon, here is a quick test.

A search on Amazon produced 280 results based on the keyword “Tongkat Ali” and 138 results based on the keyword “Long Jack”.

0
Tongkat Ali products
0
Long Jack products

However, in case you did not know, both Long Jack and Tongkat Ali are essentially the same herb – originating from the plant known as Eurycoma Longifolia. These plants are widely harvested for export in countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. 

Result showed two broad categories of  sellers –  a seller that sells pure Tongkat Ali mix and the second category of sellers selling pre-mixed Tongkat Ali products (i.e mixing Tongkat Ali with other herbs such as Goat Weed).

This lies two questions for consumers – How do we get the best value of Tongkat Ali? And given the current landscape, what are pitfalls to avoid for Amazon consumers?

Consumers in the United States who frequent Amazon to purchase their goods online, often pays the price penalty in a highly unregulated herbal industry – where cheap source of ingredients coming from Asia are often being manipulated, repackaged and marketed in other parts of the world.

If you are seeking to the ultimate purchasing guide on Tongkat Ali brands on Amazon, we are delighted to share the most comprehensive guide, buying tips and some insights on the technical specifications that consumers need to be aware about.

But first, assuming you have read the benefits of Tongkat Ali and ready to make that first purchase on Amazon, you should find some additional facts below helpful.

Facts on Tongkat Ali brands that are sold on Amazon

1.  Approximately 90% of Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) sold worldwide are harvested in two countries – Malaysia and Indonesia. Malaysia has been a major exporter with strong Government regulations from health authorities.

2.  Tongkat Ali is found in coffee and mixed with other herbal products that are safely consumed by millions of consumers around the world. Tongkat Ali coffee can be found at almost every shop in Malaysia and Indonesia.

3.  Not every Tongkat Ali brand carries equal amount of potency. The highest potency is found in Tongkat Ali roots, and not other parts of the plants (eg: branches, barks, leaves).

4.  The Tongkat Ali potency is measured by the percentage of Eurycomanone, Glycosaponin, Polysaccharide that can be extracted from the root.

5.  Most Tongkat Ali sold in the online market today are mixed with other parts of the plant, which have varying degree of potency. Most are commercially marketed as 400:1, 200:1, 100:1, but the real potency lies in the extraction technology.

6.  The world’s first patented freeze-dried Tongkat Ali extraction is known as Physta®, which are not available in the US market or Amazon.

The Best Sellers Tongkat Ali products on Amazon.

Surprisingly aggressive sellers of Tongkat Ali on Amazon are excellent marketers and often invest a significant amount on advertising to get their product visible on Amazon search results. With thousands of information presented on Amazon, identifying the best brand of Tongkat Ali is like finding a needle in a haystack.

To the informed consumers, what a better way to find the top of the crop brands from Amazon other than short-cutting that process beyond market hype and paid online reviews.

There is one common online purchasing behaviour that you probably didn’t know.

Consumers purchasing decisions are unknowingly biased as often the highest user ratings published on Amazon is used as the main criteria in purchasing decision. Although this may not necessarily represent the best value for money, higher user ratings can subconsciously influence your purchasing decision every time you visit Amazon or any eCommerce websites.

Here are some of the popular Tongkat Ali brands sold on Amazon based high user ratings. Without knowing the detailed technical specifications (which will be covered later in this articles), these products continue to be the “best sellers” on Amazon today.

Popular Tongkat Ali on Amazon with high user ratings

VH-Nutrition Tongkat Ali

1,200 mg Tongkat Ali

Average User Rating
4.5/5

Herbolab Tongkat Ali

300 mg Tongkat Ali

Average User Rating
4.5/5

Double Wood Tongkat Ali

1020 mg Tongkat Ali

Average User Rating
4.5/5

Pure Science Tongkat Ali Root Extract

800mg Tongkat Ali

Average User Rating
3.5/5

Premium Tongkat Ali brands that you can buy online but not necessarily available on Amazon

Do you know there are other Tongkat Ali brands that are more popular and reputable than the ones sold on Amazon which you can purchase directly from their website?

With Amazon’s high referral fee or commission structure, some online sellers such as AKARALI® is selling directly from their official website.

AKARALI - (EURY-PREP 200)

200mg  Physta® Tongkat Ali

Average User Rating
4.5/5

AKARALI - (EURY-PREP 150)

150mg Physta® Tongkat Ali

Average User Rating
4.5/5

Here are some of the top Tongkat Ali brands out there based on price and other criteria, some of which are not available in Amazon. These were based on our assessment in 2019 and 2020.

Top Best Tongkat Ali Brands

Important notes before you purchase Tongkat Ali on Amazon

Since user reviews and ratings on Amazon can be manipulated by marketers or brand owners, consumers need to exercise additional precautions before purchasing any Tongkat Ali brands on Amazon.

In addition, herbal supplements are not regulated by the US Foods & Drugs Authority (USFDA). It means are wide range of consumers are not being served with the best quality Tongkat Ali ingredients that are supposed to maximize health benefits.

Here are key important notes you need to know:

1.  Most Tongkat Ali brands available on Amazon are mainly packaged in the United States with the source ingredient coming from various countries. Consumers are advised to read the label to ensure the raw Tongkat Ali ingredients are sourced from reputable countries such as Malaysia or Indonesia.

2.   Almost seventy percent of Tongkat Ali sold on Amazon on Yellow Tongkat Ali – which is widely researched by scientists. There are brands carrying Red or Black Tongkat Ali. If you are unsure of the differences, you can read more here.

3.   Most Tongkat Ali supplements sold on Amazon are not based on a standardized extract that guarantees the consistency of bio-active compounds that can be extracted. To put it simply, the potency of one brand differs greatly.

4.   Few manufacturers or Tongkat Ali brands state clearly the standardized extraction process or technology used behind the brand. Technology such as Physta® uses freeze-dried water-soluble extraction provides consistency in potency to ensure bio-active compounds in Tongkat Ali is preserved consistently.

5.  Most Tongkat Ali brands sold on Amazon do not share their technical specification of the bio-active ingredients – eg: the percentage level of eurycomanone, protein, etc

1.  Approximately 90% of Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) sold worldwide are harvested in two countries – Malaysia and Indonesia. Malaysia has been a major exporter with strong Government regulations from health authorities.

Best Sellers on Amazon Are Not Necessarily the Best.
Here is Why

Top best sellers of Tongkat Ali in Amazon such as Real Herbs® Tongkat Ali or Herbolab Tongkat Ali often market their products by displaying the content such as 400mg or 500mg of Tongkat Ali extract.

Now, how do you ascertain that the 400mg or 500mg of Tongkat Ali capsule contains the highest bio-active compounds that can provide the required health benefits such as eurycomanone, saponin, or polysaccharides?

The harsh reality of herbal supplement is this.

A 200mg of Tongkat Ali capsule processed with the best extraction technology can make a difference to your health and your performance compared to a 500mg of Tongkat Ali that is derived from an unknown extraction method.

This is where we separate the men from the boys – by getting into the technicalities of end-to-end manufacturing of quality Tongkat Ali products that are rarely shared with the general consumers.

The Best Technical Specifications for Tongkat Ali

With limited knowledge on the supply chain, how do we assess the technical specifications for Tongkat Ali products before making that purchase?

Ideally, the best approach is to analyze the level of bio-active ingredients that can be extracted from Tongkat Ali roots. However, most of this information are rarely published by brand owners in Amazon.

To make things worst, various extraction method is used in processing raw Tongkat Ali ingredients at the country of origin before it is exported to the United States.

The highest bio-active ingredients from Tongkat Ali that you can find in the market today is the one from Physta®, the world’s first patented freeze-dried extraction technology developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Government of Malaysia.

Here is the bio-active specification for Physta® Tongkat Ali which is amongst the highest in the industry.

1.5%

Total Eurycomanone

Eurycomanone is a major bio-active chemical found which is unique to Tongkat Ali. It belongs to the quassinoid molecule family structure and have been widely reported by reseachers due to its potential role as antiplasmodial, anticancer, anti-HIV and other pharmacological benefits. Physta® patented extraction offers higher level of eurycomanone content than other methods.

>48%

Total Glycosaponin

Saponins are chemical compounds that are widely found in a range of natural plants including Tongkat Ali. Saponin is used in vaccine formulations to regulate immune function. Studies showed that saponin reduces cholesterol levels, kill disease-causing bacteria, scavenge oxidative stress and inhibit tumor growth. Physta® extraction method offers significantly higher glycosaponin level than Panax ginseng (i.e 15% saponins)

>30%

Total Polysaccharide

Polysaccharides are polymeric carbohydrates that are mainly used for storing energy and providing support to cells and tissues. Studies have shown that sulfate polysaccharides exhibit immunomodulatory, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiviral activities including anti-HIV infection, herpes, and hepatitis viruses.

>22%

Total Protein

Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) contains a natural plant-based protein that is safe and can be used to supplement our daily protein intake. Most Tongkat Ali plants found in Malaysia contain 0.3868 and 0.9573 mg mL(-1) of crude protein, making it ideal for vegans who are seeking for alternative source of plant-based protein.

Not all Tongkat Ali brands in Amazon are backed by clinical trials and research

Lastly, price should not be the only factor in influencing your purchasing decision. Although you may not find one in Amazon, do look out for Tongkat Ali brands which are backed by independent research or clinical trials.

A good example is Physta® Tongkat Ali extract –  touted as a success story in the herbal industry as a result of years of extensive research and development by scientists and researchers around the world.

In fact, Physta® patented formulation was born from years of collaborative research and development between the Government of Malaysia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since early 2000. The first patented Tongkat Ali extract was submitted in 2006 and can view the patent filing info here.

Unfortunately, not every Tongkat Ali brand sold in Amazon contains Physta®. Brands such as AKARALI® was given legal rights to market Physta® derived Tongkat Ali to the world.

Where premium quality Tongkat Ali is concerned, just like hand-rolled exotic Cuban cigars, you will not find AKARALI® sold in Amazon or in Alibaba.

Product owners of Tongkat Ali sold on Amazon don’t hire independent scientists to back their claims

Have you noticed behind aggressive marketing claims, most Tongkat Ali brands on Amazon are not backed by scientific studies performed or conducted by the product owners themselves?

It is worth noting that most of brands available on Amazon are essentially resellers of Tongkat Ali – by purchasing raw ingredients (Black, Red or Yellow Tongkat Ali) that are bulk-imported from Malaysia for local manufacturing in the United States.

Whilst US-based Tongkat Ali manufacturers are actively selling it on Amazon, most brand owners are not sufficiently resourced to commission independent lab testing or clinical trials in the United States.

As for Physta® Tongkat Ali products, scientists and researchers around the world were extensively involved in continuous research and clinical trials to ensure safety and health benefits achieve its full potential.

You may view the list of scientists and researchers along with the published scientific papers below:

Dr Annie George

Head, Science & Research, Biotropics Malaysia Berhad.

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Professor ChoKyun Rha

Professor of Biomaterials Sciences and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T., USA)

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Professor Dr. Anthony J. Sinskey

Professor of Microbiology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T, USA), Co-Director of the Malaysia-MIT Biotechnology Partnership Program and Faculty Director of the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation (CBI).

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T. G. Sambandan

Researcher at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T., USA)

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Professor Emeritus Dr. Ismail Tambi

Clinical Consultant Andrologist and a Reproductive and Sexual Health Specialist, Damai Hospital, Kuala Lumpur.

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Professor Katsuiku Hirokawa

Professor of Emeritus in Pathology at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan.

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Professor Ralf Henkel

Senior Professor at Department of Medical Biosciences, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

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Sun Tao

A chief scientist, professor, and chief physician, with expertise in anti-aging and stem cell technologies, China

Shawn Talbott

Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Nutrition, USA

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Jay Udani

Founder and CEO of Medicus Research LLC, USA.

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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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