Eurycoma longifolia, commonly referred to as Tongkat Ali, is primarily known for its sexual enhancing features. Grown exclusively in Southeast Asia, the natural testosterone booster is credited for increasing ones’ libido, muscle mass, energy levels, athletic performance, improving workout recovery time, and has also been associated with cancer fighting activities.
An increased testosterone level results in many known health benefits. Decreased risk of depression, less body fat, a stronger heart and bones, and a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease are just a few. Tongkat is most known for its testosterone building aspects which lead to a large number of other advantages.
The extract has shown to promising results related to ergogenic support, meaning that upon supplementation users noticed an improved responsiveness to strenuous activity and exercise, similar to L-Glutamine. This effect results due to increased levels of testosterone.
An increased libido or sexual desire is a common result from taking Tongkat Ali. Again, this can be credited to increased levels of testosterone. Most men and women taking the extract stated to have experienced increased sexual arousal.
The extract has also been linked to cancer (primarily breast, colon and lung) preventing benefits. Both alkaloids and quassinoids can be found in eurycoma longifolia and have been proven to significantly inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
By increasing the body’s metabolic rate and improving blood circulation enhanced energy levels have been experienced upon ingesting the supplement. One down side is the experience of insomnia and excessive fatigue the following day when not taking the proper dosage, but by taking the correct amounts earlier in the day you can experience all of the benefits and no negative side effects.
An increased level of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is another effect of eurycoma longifolia, improving overall energy and vivacity. Significant enhancements in both athletic performance and muscle mass have been experienced in users of the agent. Thanks to the anabolic effects of Tongkat a large number of Southeast Asian athletes have begun using the substance with improved athletic results.
The extract has been scientifically proven to induce muscle growth in men by 5% on average. The British Journal of Sports Medicine reinforced this by using a double-blind, placebo controlled trial. The journal also showed an average 1.8cm increase in the group’s arm circumference (30.87cm to 32.67cm).