The most potent Tongkat Ali on the planet is believed to contain more than 3% of eurycomanone, more than 40% of glycosaponin, and other bioactive ingredients. Studies have shown that mature Tongkat Ali plants from Pahang, Batu Pahat in (Johor) and in Borneo have the highest level of eurycomanone.
In reality, the most potent Tongkat Ali begins with a healthy plant and the final extraction technology plays a crucial role in ensuring maximum bioactive ingredients that can be extracted from Tongkat Ali.
In this article, we shall explain how you can find the most potent Tongkat Ali, the truth behind potency and efficacy, and more importantly how you can benefit the most from it.
One of the most potent Tongkat Ali can be found in the remote rainforests of Batu Pahat, a district of Johor in the south of Malaysia.
The most potent Tongkat Ali products are often developed through years of research using the best extraction protocols.
For example, a standardized extraction protocol, with hot-water and freeze-dried method can deliver the highest bioactive compounds such as eurycomanone, glycosaponin, polysaccharides and other essential nutrients for your body.
Tongkat Ali brands on Amazon are often marketed as potent, with many claiming extraction ratio of 200:1, 400:1 and 600:1 as “highly potent”.
Some cheap Tongkat Ali brands even resort to a “highly potent formula” by prematurely recommending a higher dosage. It is now common to find a 600mg Tongkat Ali cramped in a single capsule and marketed as “highly potent”.
This has resulted in a mixed bag of reviews, with brands recommending higher-than-required daily Tongkat Ali dosage.
There are many generic Tongkat Ali that contains low bioactive ingredients due to inexperienced manufacturers that are not specialized in Tongkat Ali extraction.
This is akin to buying a generic viagra (which contains an active ingredient known as sildenafil) from a generic brand without understanding the level of potency, efficacy, dosage, and how it can affect your health.
We shall cover the following topics on potency
- What are potency and efficacy? And why potency matter
- Potency from various extraction methods (or protocols)
- Finding the most potent Tongkat Ali
- The effect of potency and health
Now, lets begin with the basic understanding of potency.
Potency & Efficacy
What is potency?
Potency in Tongkat Ali is measured by the amount of bioactive ingredient (expressed in percentage) that is needed to produce a biological or pharmacological response (i.e effect) in our bodies.
Potency is used as a comparative measure of different doses between two Tongkat Ali products/extract that are needed to produce the same pharmacological effect (i.e response)
In pharmacology, potency is also known as the “drug strength”.
To find the most potent Tongkat Ali, you need to understand the following:
- higher bioactive ingredients equal higher potency.
- higher potency does not mean higher efficacy
- higher potency with higher efficacy translates to better gains, and significant health benefits.
- higher potency means consumption of a smaller quantity (dose) to achieve a higher biological response (i.e health benefits)
What is efficacy?
In medical terms, efficacy is the ability of a product / drugs / herbal supplement to produce any beneficial effects.
Efficacy is usually validated and tested using clinical trials. The most potent Tongkat Ali products with Physta® technology have clinical trials made available to the public for easy reference.
Here is how potency and efficacy are related. This is the best approach when comparing two or more Tongkat Ali products.
So can you identify which Tongkat Ali product is the most potent?
Identifying the most potent Tongkat Ali with the highest efficacy
- Tongkat Ali Product (A) has the same level of efficacy compared to Product (B). However, Product (A) is more potent as it requires a lower dose to achieve the same response (i.e health benefits).
- Tongkat Ali Product (C) has lower efficacy than Product (A) and (B). However, Product (C) has a similar level of potency to product (A).
Bioactive compounds on the other hand are essential compounds and nutrients that exists in Tongkat Ali. In the herbal industry, only active compounds are considered essential and may contribute positively to your health.
There are many types of extraction protocols in the herbal industry.
And because of that, consumers should stick to reputable Tongkat Ali manufacturers. The only way to ensure verified potency and efficacy is to find manufacturers which publish valid clinical trials.
Measuring Potency in Tongkat Ali
Tongkat Ali’s potency is measured by the amount of eurycomanone (expressed in percentage value) that can be extracted from the root.
The eurycomanone is a bioactive compound found in Tongkat Ali; often exist in small quantities in each plant. This gives the unique medicinal properties that benefits health in many areas as proven in by scientists in the last two decades.
Key facts on potency
- Chromatography tests is the ultimate litmus test to verify the level of eurycomanone in Tongkat Ali. However, each plant is unique and may not be able to produce consistent level of eurycomanone when subjected to chromatography tests.
- The most potent Tongkat Ali based on standardized extract contains eurycomanone between 1.5% to 3%.
- A higher level of eurycomanone is rare and often not commercially available although few Black Tongkat Ali roots found were reported to contain eurycamone as high as 5% to 10%.
- However if the extraction protocol is inferior or not standardized, each production batch of Tongkat Ali products will result in varying degree of eurycomanone and other bioactive ingredients.
Research has shown that eleven out of 24 Tongkat Ali brands complied (0.84-8.48% w/v) with the criteria set by Malaysian Standards, with only nine of the products recorded eurycomanone level above (1.6-8.48%).
Why potency matter?
The most potent Tongkat Ali delivers optimal health benefits in less time with an adequate amount that is usually highly concentrated and packed with bioactive ingredients.
It means, you may only need 200mg (1 capsule) of Tongkat Ali with a high potency to achieve your health goals in shorter time. For example:
- For libido – faster and longer erection that can last for hours
- For testosterone – rapid jump in strength, stamina and accelerated muscle development
- For mood – faster gains and improved in mood with less tension, stress and anxiety.
With that in mind, you can avoid being a victim when someone recommends a 1,000mg Tongkat Ali daily dosage.
In our detailed dosage guideline, we reminded you that a higher dosage from a low potency Tongkat Ali does not necessarily translate to better gains. In fact, you may suffer unwanted side effects from incorrect dosage.
In short, contrary to popular beliefs, a potent Tongkat Ali does not require you to consume a high dosage.
Which Tongkat Ali extract is the most potent?
The highest potency for any Tongkat Ali extraction protocol is the standardized root extract, offering higher and more consistent level of potency compared to conventional 200:1, 400:1, or even 600:1 extract.
The extraction method and protocols play a large influence in determining Tongkat Ali’s potency. In fact, common herbal extraction methods include solvent-based, water (aqueous extract) method and others.
And when you think a raw Tongkat Ali root that you pick from the forest is far more potent than a Tongkat Ali root extract, the real answer may disappoint you.
Lets investigate various extraction methods and how it affects potency.
Level of Eurycomanone : 0.8 to 1.5%
The traditional extraction uses the hot-water boiling method to extract the bioactive ingredients from Tongkat Ali. The water is then served in a cup or mixed with tea.
This ancient method may not be potent but is widely practiced in present times. Depending on the location and age of the Tongkat Ali plant, studies have shown that the percentage of eurycomanone (i.e the most bioactive and useful compound) found in Tongkat Ali in it’s pure form (i.e unprocessed raw root) is between 0.8 – 1.5%.
The most potent Tongkat Ali roots are from plants harvested in the state of Pahang, Malaysia and some parts of Borneo (Sarawak).
This method however produces lower efficacy too as some of the bioactive compounds may be destroyed, or diluted due to excessive thermal heat from boiling. In addition, it is not an efficient way to consume Tongkat Ali vis-à-vis the amount of bioactive ingredients that your body needs to achieve those health goals.
Imagine having to drink bucket loads of Tongkat Ali tea everyday to get the same effect from a 200mg capsule.
This is the reason why recent consumers prefers to consume Tongkat Ali extract rather than the traditional method.
Level of Eurycomanone : 1.5%
Conventional extract methods employ either alcohol-based solvent (usually methanol) or aqueous (water) to extract bioactive ingedients from Tongkat Ali. This method is considered common, albeit moderately potent due to lower cost of production and capital.
Reflux extraction is a known conventional method for producing potent Tongkat Ali extract powder; where a solid-to-liquid extraction process involve solvent evaporation and condensation. Reflux extraction is widely used by Tongkat Ali manufacturers as it is efficient, easy to operate and relatively cost effective.
However, the level of eurycomanone and glycosaponin from conventional extraction method is usually average, around 1.5% to 2%.
Level of Eurycomanone : 1.5% – 3%
The principle of standardized extraction protocol is to achieve the required standards of eurycomanone (1.5% – 3%) regardless of the amount of raw Tongkat Ali roots that are being processed, using either hot-water method or freeze-dried.
Standardized aqueous (i.e water) root extract generally delivers a higher level of eurycomanone and is regarded as the most potent Tongkat Ali root extract you can find on the market.
It also contains a higher level of glycosaponin (>40%) and polysaccharides (30%) compared to other conventional extraction methods.
Another advantage is that standardized Tongkat Ali extract ensures every production batch delivers consistent results; with many reported faster gains in the real world.
Standardized root extract enables manufacturers to maximize potency with 200kg or even less amount of raw Tongkat Ali roots.
This is the epitome of when less is more.
In fact, most clinical trials on quantifiable health benefits were based on 1.5% – 3% eurycomanone with quality extract.
Using less raw materials is also good for the environment, as fewer Tongkat Ali trees are required for large-scale Tongkat Ali production.
Real-World Benefits from Higher Potency
Buying Tongkat Ali with high potency inevitably translates to real-world benefits.
There are many real-world reviews by people who have consumed potent Tongkat Ali from standardized hot-water freeze-dried extract. These people reported moderate-to-significant gains after two weeks, four weeks and even six weeks of Tongkat Ali consumption.
Experience real-world reviews from real-people before you make that decision.
Potency and Health
The relationship between Tongkat Ali’s potency and health is very clear. It is even more relevant if the Tongkat Ali extract is tested for microbial activities and toxicity.
USFDA-inspected facilities that are GMP-certified are many these days, but producing quality and potent Tongkat Ali extract such as Physta® is rare in the United States, Canada or even in Europe.
Physta® standardized Tongkat Ali extract is constantly tested against toxicity and regarded as one of the most potent Tongkat Ali that is safe.
Physta® is backed by decades of clinical trials and studies, with more than 26 clinical trials published to date from its on-going research activities with reputable organizations around the world.
Warning on potency
- When consuming a highly potent Tongkat Ali product with the right recommended dosage is key to optimal health benefits. Never exceeded the maximum daily dosage.
- When referring to high potency, most Tongkat Ali brands use Yellow Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia).
- However, there are brands sold on Amazon which claims to have higher potency, but the reality behind this claim is simply shocking.
- Some brands use Black Tongkat Ali (Polyalthia Bullata) which claim to have higher potency, but most Black Tongkat Ali is reported to contain higher level of mercury.
We hope the above article provides a better understanding of how to find a potent Tongkat Ali, or at the bare minimum helps you to make a better decision.
The most powerful Tongkat Ali product in the market today uses standardized extraction protocol, with hot-water and freeze-dried method to preserve bioactive compounds from eurycomanone, glycosaponin, polysaccharides and other essential nutrients.
Remember this takeaway – a potent Tongkat Ali delivers faster and better gains.
Surely British-born James Goodman (pictured below) can testify to that based on his experience. Do read his four-week review to get a taste of how potent Tongkat Ali can assist your body transformation.
Visible results from consuming the most potent Tongkat Ali with the highest efficacy. Source: James Goodman
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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 .
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