Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia Jack) Extract Supplements Guide
What Is A Tongkat Ali Supplement?
Tongkat Ali, also known as long jack, is a tree from South-East Asia that has been traditionally used to promote male hormonal balance (including testosterone levels, libido and performance according to preliminary research), enhance energy levels, endurance and stamina, and to reduce occasional mental fatigue. [http://examine.com/supplements/eurycoma-longifolia-jack/].
What to Look For In a Good Tongkat Ali Supplement
Quality and purity are difficult to discern over the internet. You need to find a supplier that guarantees that the active ingredient in the supplement is actually tongkat ali and at the concentration that is claimed. Unfortunately, there is no way to verify extract rations like 1:50, 1:100 and 1:200, that is why standardisation is the only method that can guarantee the potency of the extract. [http://herbolab.com/blog/tongkat-ali/buy-standardized-tongkat-ali/]
2. Heavy Metals
Some extracts of tongkat ali contain high amounts of heavy metals which can be poisonous. Both lead and mercury have been found in high concentrations in some preparations of this supplement. Mercury has long been a problem in supplements from the Far East, so you should be particularly careful of this problem when purchasing tongkat ali grown in this area. Some signs of mercury poisoning include peripheral neuropathy, shedding of skin, and a pink discoloration to the skin. If you take the tongkat ali with this heavy metal included, you may begin to notice these symptoms occurring slowly over time. For severe cases, you may need to see a physician, but usually the problem is solved with cessation of the supplement.
Lead is another common problem in supplements from China, Malaysia, and Indonesia, and it has been found in many other supplements besides tongkat ali. You need to ensure that the vendor you purchase the supplement from guarantees that no heavy metals are present. Do not buy a supplement from a disreputable dealer or the cheapest available because you may end up causing yourself harm. Some symptoms of lead poisoning include insomnia, hallucinations, tremor, and confusion. However, lead poisoning often is subtle, and sometimes you can have high levels with no symptoms. For this reason, it is vitally important to find a supplement that is verified free of heavy metals.
3. Fake Products and Government Bans
Many fake products are also available on the internet, and the buyer has to be acutely aware of this problem. Some supplements that claim they are tongkat ali are actually illegal copies of prescription medications that have been proven dangerous for human consumption. One of the best ways to tell if you have a fake product is the taste test, but it helps to be aware of the problem long before you purchase the supplement. You should insist upon verification of the supplement’s identity. Although you can never be as sure about a supplement as a prescription medication, you often do get the quality that you pay for.
Since there are so many problems with the sale of tongkat ali, many government bodies have banned sale of the supplement in their countries. The FDA has banned over 30 supplements that have claimed tongkat ali as a supplement. Many of these were found to be counterfeit or contained high amounts of heavy metals. Unfortunately, some of these companies merely changed their names and continued to sell the product unabated. It takes the FDA a longer time to shut down the companies and supplements that spring up, and this is how they have been able to side step the bans.