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Many customers ask us about the differences between our Malaysian and Indonesian Tongkat Ali supplements and which one is better. In this blog, we'll attempt to answer these questions as objectively as possible, while acknowledging our personal preference.
Tongkat Ali, also known as Eurycoma longifolia, is a plant native to Southeast Asia. While both Indonesian and Malaysian Tongkat Ali are the same species of plant, they may differ in terms of growing conditions, harvesting methods, and processing techniques. These factors can impact the quality, potency, and effectiveness of the Tongkat Ali supplement.
Malaysian Tongkat Ali is often grown in wild forests and harvested sustainably, monitored by the Malaysian government which has been supporting the commercialization and research development of Tongkat Ali for decades. On the other hand, Indonesian Tongkat Ali is grown in the rainforests of Indonesia, which have a similar biodiversity to Malaysian rainforest. However, Tongkat Ali harvesting in Indonesia uses more intense methods. As a result, Malaysian Tongkat Ali is often considered of higher quality, but it is also more expensive.
The extraction process used to convert raw Tongkat Ali roots into an extract is equally important as sourcing high-quality Tongkat Ali roots. While there are many extraction methods, we'll focus on the two most common ones: alcohol (ethanol/methanol) and hot-water (patented freeze-dried technology).
Indonesian Tongkat Ali is extracted using a standard ethanol/methanol extraction, with some post-extraction tweaks to improve hygroscopicity, which means making it less sticky by absorbing less moisture. On the other hand, Malaysian Tongkat Ali uses a patented freeze-dried extraction technology, which offers several benefits. These include improved stability, increased bioavailability, preservation of nutrients, improved purity, and consistency. The hot water extraction process is gentle and does not use high heat or chemicals, which can destroy important nutrients in the root. This technology helps to preserve the potency and effectiveness of the Tongkat Ali extract.
Eurycomanone is the main active compound in Tongkat Ali, providing the majority of the strong aphrodisiac effects, improvement in testosterone levels, energy, and stamina. Both Indonesian and Malaysian Tongkat Ali are standardized to contain 2% eurycomanone, so there is no difference here between the two.
Cost and dosage are also important factors to consider. Depending on the dosage that works for you, if you're in the upper end, Indonesian Tongkat Ali may be a significant saving in terms of cost. Dosage is determined by the individual, and key factors like age, body size, and existing testosterone levels have a significant impact on the dosage you should be taking. Tongkat Ali is not like taking TRT; it does not shut down your own natural production of testosterone, but at the same time, it will not elevate your levels to a level that exceeds what your body can naturally create.
In conclusion, we generally recommend Malaysian Tongkat Ali if you want a more balanced supplement that is sourced and harvested in Malaysia using high-quality material and advanced extraction technology. However, if you find that the dosage that works for you is on the higher end (800mg to 1200mg), cost will be a significant factor, and you'd be better suited to selecting Indonesian Tongkat Ali.
"Please note that we only sell high-quality products, regardless of the region from which they were harvested or extracted"
Fesal Mohammed (aka Mo) is the UK operations manager at BIOVERVE and regularly constributes content to the website. He is facinated by the people and processes involved in the botantical ingredient supply-chain, and hopes to provide meaningful insights to help improve health and wellness.
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