Tongkat Ali: The herb for repair and renewal

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Tongkat Ali: The herb for repair and renewal

 

Tongkat ali is a unique herb that helps move your body from cell breakdown to long-term repair and renewal. Native to Southeast Asia, it’s also known as Malaysian ginseng. This may give you some idea of how useful it is (1) Its primary use is to reduce the effects of ageing on the male reproductive system, improve fertility, lower the stress hormone cortisol and generally improve energy and vitality. It is a herb that could benefit a large proportion of our population.

 

Natural testosterone booster

If you are experiencing low energy, fatigue, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, weight gain or reduced libido, you may have low testosterone levels. Tongkat ali is really effective at increasing testosterone levels in a short space of time (2)

We commonly think of men when we talk about testosterone but women can also suffer from low testosterone.  In addition to the symptoms mentioned previously, you may also experience irregular or absent periods. This is one of the few herbs that will actually increase testosterone in women (3)

The majority of other herbs which increase testosterone in men will only increase oestrogen in women, which is great if that’s what you’re looking for but not so great if you want to raise your testosterone levels.

 

Improves fertility

In men, Tongkat ali has been shown to increase semen volume, sperm count and improve sperm motility (3) In women, if you have absent or irregular periods because of low testosterone, Tongkat ali can help to get things kick-started and regular again.

 

Helps your body cope with stress

It can help lower elevated cortisol levels. Now, when you’re in optimum health and you come up against a stressful situation (Be that a tiger attack or a presentation at work) your brain will send a signal to your adrenals to release cortisol.

Cortisol is part of our fight or flight mechanism, it helps us to deal with stress and injuries and it regulates our immune response. Once the threat has passed, ordinarily we readjust and cortisol production is switched off.

What tends to happen in our chronically busy lives is that our body is continually producing cortisol. Long-term this has negative effects on our health. Typically you’ll experience digestive problems, mood swings, weight gain and sleep problems. Tongkat ali can be useful in a variety of conditions that are driven by elevated cortisol levels.

 

Less breakdown, more repair

Modern research is shedding light on just why Tongkat ali is so effective. It boils down to how it helps to move your body from catabolism to anabolism.

Anabolism describes the process of long-term maintenance and repair, like building new muscle and repairing damaged skin. Testosterone is an anabolic hormone.

Catabolism is the opposite of this, it’s the short-term survival mechanisms, the breakdown of cells to provide energy. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone.

Now normally testosterone and cortisol work together in harmony, and you’ll naturally switch between the two as required. However what can happen is that prolonged stress, illness and a sedentary lifestyle can push us over into a more permanent catabolic state. Meaning there is more breakdown of cells than repair and renewal and you’ll typically experience fatigue, exercise intolerance and a difficulty coping with stress (4,5)

 

In a nutshell

In a nutshell, Tongkat ali is a really useful and unique herb that may benefit a number of different conditions associated with low testosterone and high cortisol.

Studies have shown it to be safe and well tolerated and it doesn’t increase testosterone levels to abnormally high levels. Rather, it helps your body to produce normal and natural amounts of testosterone.  

Where can I find Tongkat ali?

Tongkat ali can be found at Go Vita Park Beach Plaza in tTongkat ali dried roothe products Alpha Prime and Alpha Mars (An ATP Science product).

As with all herbs and supplements though, it’s important to always seek informed advice and use high quality products. We have qualified naturopaths in store every day of the week who will discuss your individual needs and advise you on the best plan of action.

 

Resources

 

1) http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/21/3/331/htm

2)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3669033/

3) http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/21/3/331/htm#B111-molecules-21-00331

4) http://atpscience.com/episode-58-one-herb-to-rule-them-all/

5)https://www.drlam.com/blog/catabolic-state-adrenal-fatigue-part-1/11116/amp/

 

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