More than 140 million couples in the world today are experiencing infertility. Ongoing research studies on Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) are showing promising results and the positive effects on men’s fertility have attracted young male adults in recent years.
In this article, we shall investigate the facts and effects of Tongkat Ali on spermatogenesis, sperm quality and overall men’s fertility. This helps you to decide whether you should take Tongkat Ali if you have a low sperm count, or issues with infertility.
The pharmacological effects of Tongkat Ali supplementation on men’s fertility can be measured based on sperm quality.
Common sperm quality indicators used by fertility doctors (urologists) include the level of sperm count (i.e sperm concentration), sperm motility and sperm morphology.
Tongkat Ali’s Effects on Men’s Fertility
Several human studies on Tongkat Ali show early results that supports overall men’s fertility with notable improvements in sperm quality; indicated by higher sperm count (i.e concentration), sperm motility and sperm morphology.
Results on Men’s Fertility After Tongkat Ali’s supplementation
|Sperm Quality Indicator||Result with 300 mg daily dosage|
|Result with 200 mg daily dosage|
|Sperm Count (Concentration)|
On going research studies on Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) showed significant effect on spermatogenic activities, with significant increase in sperm count in oligospermic males (i.e males with low sperm count) and males diagnosed with hypogonadism (i.e patients with low sex hormones). This suggests potential use of Tongkat Ali as a natural supplement to manage symptoms related to men’s infertility.
Does Tongkat Ali improve sperm count?
Tongkat Ali animal studies and human clinical trials showed evidence of sperm count improvements between 99% to 256% depending on dosage and formulation.
An animal study on sperm quality conducted in 2009 showed that 200 mg of Tongkat Ali showed the highest sperm count increase of 99.2%.
Effects on Sperm Count
Sperm Count Increase
We found the addition of Tongkat Ali as one of the key bioactive ingredients in a polyherbal formulation (PHF) resulted in the highest increase of sperm count, as showed in the randomized human clinical trial study conducted by a group of scientists from the University of Queensland Australia, Kansas State University USA, Deakin University Australia and Shandong University of Technology China in 2018.
The randomized clinical trial on 36 male patients showed that mixing Tongkat Ali root with Acacia and Mucuna seeds resulted in an increase of 256% in sperm concentration, 215% increase in sperm motility and 154% increase in semen volume.
9.59 ± 4.37 × 106/mL
25.61 ± 8.6 × 106/mL
1.7 ± 0.14 mL
4.32 ± 0.38 mL
15.43 ± 2.40%
48.65 ± 5.10%
Tongkat Ali studies on animals and humans suggest statistically significant increase of sperm count between 100% to 256% based on daily dosage between 50 – 200 mg daily for a duration of approximately 4 weeks.
However, the percentage improvement on sperm count and sperm quality varies greatly depending on the medical conditions, age and dosage. Despite promising results, more studies required to establish a robust performance evaluation on the effectiveness of Tongkat Ali in boosting overall sperm quality.
FAQ: User Guide
How effective is Tongkat Ali in improving men's fertility?
Several animal and human clinical trials suggest that Tongkat Ali is a proven supplement to support men’s fertility by managing symptoms such as increasing sperm count, motility or semen volume.
Whilst results on sperm count may vary from modest to substantial increases (of more than 200%), more clinical studies are required to establish results for a wider range of users and medical conditions.
Which type of Tongkat Ali is the most effective to increase sperm count?
Standardized Tongkat Ali hot water extract is reported the most effective (potent) due to its clinically tests on humans. Using clinically tested Tongkat Ali supplements may result in higher sperm count, sperm motility and sperm morphology whilst ensuring your hormones are kept at optimal levels.
Related article: Tongkat Ali Potency & Efficacy
Which ingredients in Tongkat Ali cause increase of sperm count?
Tongkat Ali contains eurypeptides (i.e a chain of amino acids protein, or known polypeptides) that are responsible to ensure your sex hormones (including testosterone) to work optimally. Higher level of eurypeptides of more than 20% provide sufficient absorption in your blood to induce positive pharmacological effects on sperm count and other sperm quality indicators.
Should I take Tongkat Ali if I have a low sperm count?
Tongkat Ali can be taken as a natural supplement together with your daily diet to boost your sperm count or if you are diagnosed with oligospermia due to hypogonadism (a condition where your sex glands are not producing sufficient sex hormones, or low testosterone levels).
How much Tongkat Ali should I take to improve my sperm count or overall men’s fertility?
If you are taking Tongkat Ali with the objective to improve sperm count, an optimized dosage will range between 200 mg to 400 mg daily for a duration of 4 to 12 weeks. Aging adults with hypogonadism may take 400 mg daily for a minimum of six weeks.
Related article: Tongkat Ali dosage guide for men
How can I boost my sperm quality when taking Tongkat Ali?
Some of the effective ways to boost sperm quality or to achieve higher sperm count is by reducing or stopping your alcohol intake, stop smoking and change to protein-based diet. It is highly advisable to reduce processed food as well.
Related article: When to use Tongkat Ali for Best Results
Does Tongkat Ali helps oligospermia?
Does Tongkat Ali and Ashwagandha improve sperm count?
Tongkat Ali and Ashwagandha combo may improve sperm count as both contain a family of alkaloids, peptides and protein. However, there are no studies to investigate the compounded effects on sperm count by combining both Tongkat Ali and Ashwagandha. Taking Tongkat Ali and Ashwagandha together may not yield to higher sperm count, or better sperm quality.
Does Tongkat Ali and Fadogia Agrestis improve sperm count?
Tongkat Ali may improve sperm count, however Fadogia has no effects on sperm motility or sperm count. Using Fadogia-Tongkat Ali supplements may not have any significant improvement compared to taking Tongkat Ali as a single ingredient supplement.
The aid of natural supplementation apart from changes in lifestyle and diet may improve men’s fertility substantially.
Taking Tongkat Ali supplementation as part of your daily dietary supplement may improve your sperm quality by restoring your sex hormones to ensure that your sex glands are working optimally as you age.
Combining Tongkat Ali with other herbal supplements may increase sperm count, motility, and sperm concentration substantially but do exercise caution for any severe side effects.
We always recommend you to consult your nearest healthcare professional before consuming Tongkat Ali and please observe the right dosage if you are taking one.
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