The name Tongkat Ali has already been a resounding one in the nootropic and fitness world. Many individuals, especially men, take this supplement on a daily basis to achieve their desired goals. But, what is really Tongkat Ali? And what are the benefits and its mechanism of action when taken?
Tongkat Ali, also named as Eurycoma longifolia, is a flowering plant from the Simaroubaceae family that is native to some countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. In Malaysia specifically, Tongkat Ali is considered to be a national treasure. It has been a popular natural supplement widely used as an aphrodisiac and energy booster. It is traditionally used for its aphrodisiac, antimicrobial, antimalarial, antidiabetic, and antipyretic properties (1). At the present time, the supplement is now widely known as a natural libido enhancer that works by increasing testosterone levels. Moreover, Tongkat Ali also enhances fertility, libido, and serve to have multiple benefits to athletes and bodybuilders.
Now, how does Tongkat Ali act in our system? Basically, Tongkat Ali stimulates the natural production of testosterone. Testosterone refers to a male sex hormone that is important for both sexual and reproductive development. Also, it has been regarded to be the most important male hormone. In contrast to that, women also produce testosterone, but a much lower level. Testosterone is classified to be an androgen, a class of hormones, and is thought to be involved in the development of male sex organs and the development of secondary sex characteristics. This hormone also plays a significant role in sex drive, the production of sperm, fat distribution, production of red cells, and the maintenance of muscle strength and mass. Because of these things, testosterone is a vital component to the overall health and well-being of a man. (2)
Now when your testosterone levels have reached their peak without Tongkat Ali in your system, your body sends signals to reduce the production of testosterone. But with Tongkat Ali at hand, it blocks the signal so that the body continues to produce testosterone even after reaching the peak level. As a result, it leaves you with increased strength, sex drive, muscle mass and reduction of fat.