If you are one of millions out there who are actively consuming herbal supplements, here is an important question – How do you know that you are purchasing the best value or quality Tongkat Ali in the market?
For general consumers, this represents a huge challenge. There is limited information on public domains to educate consumers what constitute the best value when it comes to purchasing Tongkat Ali at the local stores or from online shops.
Here we attempt to analyze quality and price from top 28 Tongkat Ali manufacturers and suppliers around the world. This information, coupled with other observation was compiled from various sources such as online marketplace and other desktop-based research as at 10th September 2019. Some of the top Tongkat Ali brands below may be familiar to you.
Our aim is to provide a comprehensive consumer guide to identify the best value for money from what is available in the market. Here is a quick snapshot from top Tongkat Ali brands with published retail prices.
A Southeast Asian Herb with Global Popularity
Before we start deep-diving into the analysis, here is a quick refresher about this herb.
From a plant known as Eurycoma Longifolia, the commercialization of Tongkat Ali into the global market started as early as 2006. Thanks to its rich history and coupled with recent advancement of technology and research, Tongkat Ali’s wide acceptance as a safe health supplement has caused more entrants into the market to fulfill the rising consumer demand.
With more Tongkat Ali products available online, this provides plenty of choice for consumers. However, it is worth noting that more than 90% of the world’s Tongkat Ali supply originates from Malaysia and Indonesia. These are two countries which are net exporter of Tongkat Ali in the world due as Tongkat Ali plant is naturally found in deep tropical rainforests of Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo.
What it means is this – even if you buy Tongkat Ali or Long Jack from the United States today, chances are the Tongkat Ali extract comes either from the two countries. However, the quality varies greatly between these two countries. Tongkat Ali from Malaysia is widely accepted to have higher quality due to strict quality controls and Government support. Read here
Consumer guide to identify the best value Tongkat Ali
Before we move into our analysis and observations from our findings, the common approach to identify the best value for Tongkat Ali for most consumers is by assessing any of the following parameters:
- Selling Price – Lowest to Highest
- Extraction method
- Manufacturer’s Name and Country of Origin
- Brand credibility & trust
We undertake a different approach to identify the best value for consumers, and it goes beyond price and what is written out there (such as marketing claims of standardized extract, 200:1, etc)
The approach we use to assess quality is by conducting a simple test – dissolve the Tongkat Ali powder from the capsule in a glass of warm water. This will debunk the marketing claims by selected brands on the infamous standardized extract of 200:1, 100:1 and other gimmicks.
To illustrate the above approach, here is a video showing how to identify authentic (or premium) Tongkat Ali from a low-grade Tongkat Ali using a simple test described above.
To avoid legal implications, you will notice the product name or manufacturer was not disclosed in the test. However, the Product A mentioned in the video was available in local pharmacies and stores in a country in Southeast Asia.
The visual observation and assessment are performed based on the following criteria:
Does the Tongkat Ali dissolve completely or partially in water?
- There are various herbal extraction methods used by manufacturers of Tongkat Ali and the technology behind herbal extraction matters to the way the bio-active compounds are absorbed in our body. For reference, our body consists of 60-70% water. Eg: the brain and heart is composed of 73% water, where muscle and kidneys are 79% water. Read here
- A quality Tongkat Ali using patented extraction technology such as Physta® dissolve completely in water
Does it leave any residue after prolonged exposure to water?
- For the low-grade Tongkat Ali, the residue found at the bottom of the water is from unprocessed particles or less potent parts of the Tongkat Ali plant (eg: branches, bark)
- Accumulated residue found from unprocessed or coarse particles can be harmful to your kidney in the longer term.
- A large amount of residue can be harmful over time as it may contain unknown particles, contaminants from other unknown sources.
What is the colour tone observed?
- A pure premium Yellow Tongkat Ali root will display a light tint of yellow hue when dissolve in water. And more importantly the colour or tone should be consistent throughout multiple tests
- Depending on the grades of Tongkat Ali, the low quality grades are often mixed with other parts of Tongkat Ali like the barks or branches which will display a darker tone.
- The notorious Black Tongkat Ali (which are considered unsafe and untested by many researchers) will yield to a darker tone in some cases – which should be avoided by consumers due to lack of research and published papers.
Findings & Observations – Assessing the best value
Let’s analyze at the lowest and the highest Tongkat Ali prices sold in the market in 2019 from top 27 brands around the world. The information on retail prices sold in online shops and marketplaces.
The median price for Tongkat Ali sold on the online market is USD 30, with more than 60% of the suppliers and brands are pricing their products above USD 30 per bottle. The highest price is sold at USD 139.70 by Pure Science Supplements.
The known brands out there such as AKARALI, AliPas Platinum, Sumatra Pasak Bumi, Herbolab are selling between USD 32 to USD 69.90 per bottle.
We identified exceptionally low prices for Tongkat Ali from less reputable brands such as Healthy Supplements, Sport Supplements, VIP Vitamins and Swanson Passion which are retailing between USD 13 to USD 18 per bottle.
However, the published retail prices do not provide a holistic picture to consumers as each brand sells different quantity of capsules per bottle.
Another fair method of analyzing the price-point is by calculating the average price per capsules of Tongkat Ali such as the chart below:
Now, this gives a clearer picture of the various price points (on per capsule basis) from the top Tongkat Ali manufacturers and brands.
Some brands such as AKARALI, Nu-Prep by Biotropics, AliPas Platinum, Herbolab are generally more expensive compared to others due to the patented herbal extraction technology, chromatography quality checks and the source of raw Tongkat Ali root extract which are harvested in Malaysia.
If you need to know why Tongkat Ali in Malaysia is sought after, read here.
There has been a growing trend of new entrants into the premium Tongkat Ali space – such as Nu-Prep, AliPas Platinum, AKARALI and Herbolab over the recent years.
The premium Tongkat Ali space is dominated by suppliers with unique extraction technology and strict quality controls. Some of these reputable herbal brands which offers after sales customer support, credible sources of information to consumers and strong digital footprints.
For herbal connoisseurs, premium Tongkat Ali products generally exceed the average specification values outlined below:
Premium Tongkat Ali
Average Mesh Size
90% smaller than 120 mesh
0.8% – 1.5%
< 0.05 ppm
< 1.0 ppm
Microbial Limit Test:
Total Bacteria Count
Yeast & Mould
< 10,000 cfu/g
< 100 cfu/g
Absent in 10 g
Absent in 1 g
Absent in 1g
Since the details of the specification are not disclosed by manufacturers to the general consumers, we took a holistic approach to perform quality assessment based on the following criteria:
- Authenticity test – see earlier video here
- Specification of bio-active content and heavy metals
- Manufacturer claims & reputability
- Online customer reviews
- Independent customer feedback
Here is our top picks for Tongkat Ali brands out there based on the above assessment:
Country of origin
Tier 1 – Highest Quality
· Nu-Prep (Biotropics)
· Ali Pas Platinum
Tier 2 – Medium Quality
· Sumatra Pasak Bumi
· Ayu Flores
· Alpha Viril
· Real Herbs
· Source Naturals
· United States
Tier 3 – Low Quality
· Herbal Island
· Nature Bell
· Sport Supplement
· VIP Vitamins
· United States
What to look out for? Additional tips for consumers
With more than 50 products & brands on Tongkat Ali, it is crucial for consumers to be aware on the main differences beyond what is written on the packaging or boxes vis-à-vis the selling price.
Extensive online research with comparative analysis are necessary to distinguish between authentic Tongkat Ali products and inferior brands out there. As a matter of fact, there are more counterfeits Tongkat Ali as much as fake watches sold on eBay or Alibaba. So please watch out!
If health is the real wealth, then we ought to know that purchasing from reputable brands with strong digital footprints and reviews make a significant difference to your health.
For those who have tried Tongkat Ali and felt no noticeable difference to your energy or health, perhaps this is a good time to consume premium Tongkat Ali products. Because it does make a difference!
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