THE BENEFITS OF TONGKAT ALI FOR MEN
1. TONGKAT ALI AND TESTOSTERONE
The root of Tongkat Ali has been used to increase testosterone levels for a very long time indeed. It contains chemical compounds that studies have repeatedly shown can increase testosterone levels. An increase in testosterone has many beneficial knock-on effects on sexual performance, muscle growth and semen production.
A Malaysian study published in 2012 took 76 men of whom only 35% had testosterone levels in the normal range. Following a month of treatment with Tongkat Ali, this number rose dramatically to above 90%. (1)
2. TONGKAT ALI FOR MALE FERTILITY
There is some evidence that as well as boosting testosterone levels, Tongkat Ali can also improve sperm quality and therefore help treat male fertility issues.
A study published in 2010 observed the changes in sperm quality in 75 men who were given 200mgs of Tongkat Ali each day for three months. Sperm quality improved significantly in these patients and 15% of participants reported spontaneous pregnancies following the treatment.
3. TONGKAT ALI FOR INCREASED LIBIDO
Tongkat Ali is probably best-known and most used for its aphrodisiac qualities. It has long been used in South East Asia to help deal with low levels of libido and more recently a number of predominantly animal studies have demonstrated that it does have libido enhancing potential.
One of these studies published in 2003 fed older rats and retired breeders with Tongkat Ali for a 10 day period. The rats given the extract demonstrated a significant increase in sexual activity and mounting frequency on female rats. (3)
There are plenty more studies involving animals that have elicited promising results but does Tongkat Ali have the same effect on humans?
There is no scientific evidence for the claims that Tongkat Ali proponents make so apart from the animal research we have to rely on anecdotal evidence and traditional usage.
Certainly, many users have consistently reported that Tongkat Ali was an effective aphrodisiac and its ability to boost testosterone levels would indicate that it may be an effective option. Users have reported a much higher sex drive, longer lasting erections, stronger ejaculation and better sex in general.
4. FAT LOSS AND MUSCLE GAIN
Tongkat Ali is a popular natural supplement among weightlifters and bodybuilders who are looking to change their muscle to fat ratio. However, you don’t need to be a serious athlete to benefit from the potential improvements in body composition that Tongkat Ali can provide.
Because of the increase in testosterone that Tongkat Ali gives you, it can also help you to lose fat and gain lean body mass. This will have an even greater effect if you are exercising regularly.
A promising Malaysian study published in 2002 demonstrated that Tongkat Ali had the potential to improve lean body mass. In this double-blind study, 7 men were given 100 mgs of Tongkat Ali extract each day with the other 7 participants being given a placebo for a 5 week period.
The men in the Tongkat Ali group experienced a 5% increase in their lean body mass and a significant reduction in body fat. (4)
5. BONE HEALTH
Low levels of testosterone can increase the chances of developing weak and brittle bones – a condition called osteoporosis. Many minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D help to reduce the risk of the disease.
Tongkat Ali’s ability to increase testosterone levels means that it could be an important weapon in the fight against osteoporosis and help maintain bone strength and health.
TONGKAT ALI BENEFITS FOR WOMEN
1. EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
2. ENERGY BOOST
3. WEIGHT CONTROL
When your hormones are out of whack, your metabolism is likely to be less effective and this invariably results in weight gain. By balancing the body’s hormones and improving energy levels Tongkat Ali may help reverse the weight gain, keep you looking in shape and feeling better both physically and mentally.
4. LIBIDO BOOST
It is not only men that can benefit from the aphrodisiac effects of Tongkat Ali. Regardless of gender, a shot of testosterone can help improve your sexual desire significantly. There is also some anecdotal evidence that Tongkat Ali can increase the sensitivity of the sexual organs in women.