Friday, June 6, 2014

Benefits of Tongkat Ali

Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia), also known as Akar Pasak Bumi or Ali Jack, is a tall and slender evergreen shrub-tree commonly found in Southeast Asia. Malaysian men claim that this tree, if the extract added into their drink, tea or coffee, could improves their sexual abilities and virility. As a result, this plant is in such high demand that it is now considered as a 'protected' tree.

Tongkat Ali is commonly known for its usage as an addictive in energy drink, traditionally used for its anti-malarial, aphrodisiac, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, and anti-pyretic activities. The root and bark of this tree are used for treating erectile dysfunction (ED), increasing interest in sex, boosting athletic performance, body building, and reducing body fat. It is also used to treat fever, malaria, ulcers, high blood pressure, tuberculosis, bone pain, cough, diarrhea, headache, syphilis, and also cancer.

It was found that this the root of this plant contains several chemicals that have different effects in the body. In an experiment conducted on male rats, it was found that Eurycoma Longifolia increases the sperm count. This is due to the eurycomanone, the major quassinoid chemical in the plant root extract, increases the spermatogenesis by inhibiting the activity of phosphodiesterase and aromatase in steroidogenesis.

In simpler word, it increases the testosterone in the body by inhibiting aromatase conversion of testosterone to estrogen. As we all know, testosterone is a steroid hormone, produce in our body that helps the prevention of osteoporosis (bone disease). Testosterone also have anabolic effects that includes growth of muscle mass and strength.

However, there were no recorded incident regarding on overdose or over-usage of the Ali Jack. Being a herbal extract, if you consumed it too much, you'll only have an upset stomach and ended pouring out all the excesses from your rear end.

Sources: WebMD, PubMed.


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