Turkesterone or Tongkat Ali: Which is Better?

Here we go again.

Turkesterone is the new hot-selling herbal supplement on Amazon. Living in an illusion of grandeur amongst premium T-boosters, Turkesterone seems to be a promising anabolic stimulant that is heavily promoted by content creators on TikTok.

But will it end up having the same fate as Fadogia Agrestis Tongkat Ali combo?

In the world of single-ingredient supplements, Turkesterone is trying hard to stand on its own feet in an uncontested space. 

Between Turkesterone vs. Tongkat Ali, which is better?

With only one proven human study since 1978, can Turkesterone compete amongst established single-ingredient supplements such as Tongkat Ali (Malaysian Ginseng) and Panax Ginseng (Korean Ginseng) that delivers multipronged benefits?

As for now, preliminary evidence on Turkesterone is pretty compelling.

And between Turkesterone (~10 research studies) and Tongkat Ali (~315 research studies), you might be wondering – which is better, or can you take both Tongkat Ali and Turkesterone together?

This article provides a fair assessment between these two popular adaptogen herbs, giving you further insights on Turkesterone and Tongkat Ali.

Now lets find out the facts, scientific evidence, intended use, restrictions and feedback on Turkesterone.


Quick Facts: Turkesterone

  • Turkesterone is a concentrated type of ecdysteroid (classified as a phytoecdysteroid), a compound that is produced by insects (anthropods) and plants found in Uzbekistan.
  • Only few plants contain ecdysteroid, example – Ajuga turkestanica and in Vitex
  • To researchers and consumers, Turkesterone is more commonly known as Ajuga Turkestanica
  • Ecdysteroids have a similar structure to the male hormone testosterone, although there is little to no evidence that ecdysteroids will work like testosterone in humans.

Intended Use:

  • Widely used as anabolic steroid to supercharge muscle growth or muscle strength.

Mechanism of Action: Turkesterone

  • Ecdysterone is the compound that produce pharmacological response to humans.
  • Ecdysterone produces anabolic effect, mediated by estrogen receptor (ER).

Research Studies & Clinical Evidence:

  • Total Research Studies: Less than 10
  • First Research Study: 1978 (View paper)
  • Latest Research Study: 2019 (View paper)
  • Total Clinical Trials: Zero (no clinical studies done on humans)
  • Tests on Muscle Strength: Yes (View Paper)
  • Tests on Testosterone: Data Not Available
  • Tests on Free Testosterone: Data Not Available
  • Tests on Young Adults: Data Not Available
  • Tests on Men’s Libido: Data Not Available
  • Tests on Men’s Erection: Data Not Available
  • Tests on Cortisol Hormone: Data Not Available
  • Tests on Dopamine: Data Not Available
  • Tests on Estrogen: Data Not Available

Restriction of Use

  • Turkesterone is on the active substance watch list by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), with a high risk of getting banned in sports.
  • Turkesterone is not recommended by the International Society of Sports Nutrition for supplementation to increase performance in their 2018 review


Quick Facts: Tongkat Ali

  • Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) is a phytoandrogenic herbal plant found in Malaysia that contains eurycomanone, eurypeptides, glycosaponin and polysaccharides – a family of alkaloids and quassinoids.
  • Dubbed as the “tree that cures hundres diseases”, Tongkat Ali is used for centuries with decades of research studies and clinical trials.
  • Tongkat Ali contains strong anabolic properties which is used with other herbs to amplify health benefits.

Intended Use:

  • Widely used as a safe testosterone booster, and thus restoring hormonal balance for various age groups for general vitality and health.
  • Used by sports and fitness community to boost anaerobic performance, muscle growth and as a pre and post-workout supplement.
  • Widely used as a natural viagra and to improve men’s fertility such as sperm motility, sperm concentration and libido (eg: erection and sexual desire).
  • Some use Tongkat Ali to improve mood and reduce cognitive stress, tension and anxiety.

Mechanism of Action: Tongkat Ali

  • Tongkat Ali’s bioactive ingredient activates Luteinzing Hormones (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) allow pituitary glands to produce more testosterone.
  • This activation also causes the release of free “usable” testosterone from the lowering of SHBG.
  • These actions enable vital functions of the human body to operate at optimal level. This translates to a better reproductive system, improved libido, increased muscle development, better mood profile, better immune system and other positive health functions.

Research Studies & Clinical Evidence:

Restriction of Use

  • Not banned by the Olympics Committee as the T/E ratio falls within acceptable range
  • Tongkat Ali is not in the watch list of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
  • Tongkat Ali can be imported and consumed in the USA, UK, Australia, Singapore and many other countries without restriction or risks.

Our Analysis: Turkesterone or Tongkat Ali

Turkesterone vs. Tongkat Ali. Before we share our analysis, lets get one thing straight.

Turkesterone is not competing with Tongkat Ali. It doesn’t need to.

Whether Turkesterone or Tongkat Ali, you need to be aware of your health objectives and the intended use.

So if you are using supplements to build muscle in the shortest time without thinking too much about the long-term sustenance or side effects, then Turkesterone may suit your needs.

That is why Turkesterone has its own niche following, a strong army of loyalists in the hardcore fitness community. If you are obsessed with bulging muscles, and the bigger-the-better mindset, Turkesterone fits you perfectly.

In reality, Turkesterone is still at its infancy stage and constantly stormed by tsunami of quality issues. Due to lack of regulation and standardized extract, most Turkesterone supplements have less ecdysterone than what were claimed.

99.7% of supplements containing ecdysterone has less than the label claim

Peak Ecdysone is among the best-selling Turkesterone supplements next to Double Wood Turkesterone and many others. But they recently were in the limelight for the wrong reasons.

Jeff Nippard, a professional drug-free bodybuilder shared a shocking finding about Turkesterone supplements which garnered 1.8 million views on Youtube.

Peak Ecdysone Turkesterone supplement has only 6mg of ecdysterone in the capsule as opposed to 100mg as claimed on the label

On the other hand, Tongkat Ali generally fits the profile of users who wants to achieve all-rounded health benefits, with almost-guaranteed results.

In fact, Tongkat Ali is the best testosterone supplement for men.  Almost 70% of testosterone boosters sold in the market today contain Tongkat Ali as one of the key active ingredients.

Now, that says a lot about Tongkat Ali, which is backed by more than 300+ studies and clinical tests on humans.

That makes Tongkat Ali one of the best herbal sports supplement in the USA, along with other sports nutrition like creatine, protein powder and others.

Tongkat Ali is more effective and safer than Turkesterone due to its years of clinical tests on sports performance.

Ilan Joffee, President of Core Supplements LLC (USA)

Tongkat Ali attracts people from all walks of life, from first-time users who are embarking on a body transformation, avid sports amateurs, lightweight marathon runners, cyclists and many others.

But on the other hand, Turkesterone is mainly used by high-risk gym junkies to achieve rapid muscle gains, without considering its long-term effects on health.

Hence, most Turkesterone users are consuming this deadly substance in high doses, which could be detrimental to the liver and kidneys.

As for Tongkat Ali, the effectiveness and health gains are dosage-dependent. It means the recommended daily dosage can be fine-tuned to maximize specific health outcomes (eg: muscle mass, strength).

For instance, you can consume a super-potent Tongkat Ali at a lower dosage of 200mg per day to gain its full benefits.

Hence, it is ideally suited for those aiming for body transformation (and losing weight). Compared to Turkesterone, there are many positive reviews from consuming Tongkat Ali for two weeks, four weeks or even six weeks.

Does Turkesterone Tongkat Ali combo work?

In short, it may not work when you combine them together.

In fact,the actual results or gains are driven from Tongkat Ali.

We have said this before in our Fadogia Agrestis Tongkat Ali review.

The total net gain from combining two herbs is not the sum of individual gains.

Yet, most people think 1 + 1 = 2.

This allows further manipulation into thinking that the sum of 0.6 + 1.4 = 2 (or must be equal to two)

Because this is how we are wired to think.

So combining 600mg of Tongkat Ali extract and 1,400mg of Turkesterone does not mean you will gain 2x more muscle strength.

Yet some manufacturers or supplement try to deceive consumers.

The truth is, every new herbal ingredient like Tongkat Ali or Turkesterone must be tested on potency and efficacy. And most of the mix-combo herbs are not clinically tested against any negative pharmacological effects on human health.

It is a wild-wild west for Turkesterone.

Yes, there are lots of false prophecy and hype on Turkesterone despite its lack of clinical evidence.

Dr. Annie George, Head of Research, Biotropics Malaysia

Single-supplements containing 100% Turkesterone extract sold online with unsubstantiated claims and promise are common.

To the undiscerning consumers and loyalists, it is the gospel truth.

At least for now.

Closing Thoughts

Here is the conclusion of Turkesterone vs. Tongkat Ali in a nutshell.

Looking at the bigger picture, it takes Tongkat Ali centuries of use and hundreds of research studies and clinical trials before it reaches mass adoption.

If the supplement industry is like crypto, there will always be people who are keen to jump into the next altcoin.

So, if you can’t wait and desperately seeking ways to turbocharge your muscle strength with fast results (without even thinking twice about its long-term effects), Turkesterone may be the right supplement for you.

If you are looking for a more sustainable option, then it’s best to resort to protein-packed nutrition.

To be honest, we are not convinced that Turkesterone can win the race and stand the test of time. There are many grey areas and untested territories that can only be proven to work with more clinical trials.

We constantly advise our readers to consult their nearest doctor before consuming Turkesterone or even Tongkat Ali.

Whether you are consuming Turkesterone as a single ingredient, together, or in a combination with other herbs, please be careful about the potential adverse reactions.

So choose wisely, and if possible, stick to clinically tested products.

Naressa Khan contributes regularly on AKARALI. As a researcher and investigative journalist specializing in nutrition and natural wellness, 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 .


The content published on this website is for educational purposes and should not be viewed, read, or seen as a prescription or constitute any form of medical advice. We recommend you consult your nearest GP or doctors before consuming Tongkat Ali or any products which contain Tongkat Ali. For further information, kindly refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.

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