Testosterone is what makes males look and feel like males. It stands behind good libido and great performance in bed but also behind big, ripped muscles. The more of it you have, the greater of a muscle definition you can acquire. No wonder the supplements market has a special segment dedicated to boosting testosterone levels.
Tongkat Ali Extract is said to be among these. It’s a herbal extract that comes from an Asian shrub known as “long jack” or, scientifically, eurycoma longifolia. And generally it’s been considered a strong aphrodisiac, increasing sperm count, favoring erections and helping one last longer in bed. Besides being the natural alternative to the blue pill, it’s been known as a health enhancer and energy booster, too. Only recently, it was discovered that it can help muscles grow, too. If you doubt its capabilities, you may ask people hailing from Malaysia and Indonesia about it.
As expected, marketers are saying all sort of good things about this plant root extract. How much of it is true though? Well, anything known as an aphrodisiac does some good in a way or another: be it by increasing blood circulation, promoting relaxation or by boosting sex hormones. Lab tests have shown that Tongkat Ali increases the libido and that cannot be done unless it affects testosterone levels. However, for this to work you need to ingest the extract in a high concentration. That can only be guaranteed by a reputable manufacturer. Thus, you’ll find long jack extract marketed with ratios of 1:50, 1:100, 1:200, with the latter being, of course, the strongest. Never purchase a supplement that does not specify the ratio. If you find a product where long jack is simply one ingredient among others, then it’s not what you are looking for.
It makes sense to want to increase testosterone levels as these tend to decline with age. First of all, it is definitely better to take the path of natural testosterone boosters instead of supplementing directly with the hormone. This is because you need to stimulate your body to produce more of its own instead of allowing it to be ‘lazy’ as you give it readily made hormones. The latter is actually dangerous, as it can jeopardize your entire hormone production and deepen any imbalance.
Bodybuilders and strength athletes have included long jack to their supplement routine as a means to boost strength and gain more lean mass. When Tongkat Ali extract starts to work its magic, firstly you’ll feel a sudden increase in energy levels. The effects begin to show within the first week of regular use. Not only that it raises testosterone by increasing FSH and LH, but it lowers estrogens, as it inhibits the aromatase enzyme, which is even better for males. These reactions together make for the best natural mechanism to control this male hormone.
The longer you use the plant extract, the more your body ‘learns’ to produce more hormone on its own. It has even helped individuals with hypogonadism, taking them from abnormally low testosterone levels to normal ones.
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