Tongkat Ali or Maca, Which One is Better?

By Sexual Health Published on February 8, 2014 Updated on June 10, 2023
Tongkat Ali or Maca, Which One is Better?

I get this question almost every week, “Should I take Tongkat Ali or Maca?”

I decided to write a more comprehensive blog post.

But if you want the short answer to the question, the answer is:

It depends.

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Whenever I hear this question I always have to ask back, well, what do you want to accomplish?

The truth is that there is a lot of buzz on tongkat ali and maca these days. But if you want to pick one, you need to figure out what is the purpose you want them for, because these two supplements overlap in some aspects and differ in others.

It is also important to notice that not every one obtain the same benefits from a natural supplement, and while for some people tongkat ali may be the best, some others may have better results with maca. That said, let me give you some general pointers on which one to use for specific situations.

Choosing Tongkat Ali or Maca

Improving Sex Performance (Better Erection)

Testosterone for sexual performance

If what you need is to give your manhood a boost, go for tongkat ali, hands down. Tongkat ali has the unique ability of make you feel like a man in bed. I have received countless testimonials about the wonders that tongkat ali can do for a guy, specially for the more mature ones. This is most likely related to its ability to raise testosterone, and since as men age past 30 years old testosterone diminish about 1% per year, tongkat ali could be the solution to feel younger again. Now if you have erectile dysfunction let me clarify that tongkat ali is by no means a miracle cure, it has some limitations, and if you want to dig deeper in this subject I recommend this other post on tongkat ali for erectyle dysfunction.[1]Tongkat Ali SG Site. (n.d.). How Tongkat Ali Helps With Erectile Dysfunction. Retrieved from

Improving Libido (Sex Drive)

If what you want is to ignite some fire into your system and feel horny like a teenager, then go for maca. Well that might be a bit exaggerated, but jokes aside, maca is the only supplement that seem to have some sound scientific evidence to increase desire for sex. Maca works well for men and woman, since it does not raise testosterone the way that tongkat ali does. What maca seem to accomplish is a balancing of hormones, and having the right level of hormones is important to be interested in sex.

Now I have to say, I know quite a few guys that are way hornier as a result of taking tongkat ali. So if you are a guy, tongkat ali could also do the trick. Even so, if you are interested ONLY in libido and you had to pick one, then go for maca. If libido is just one thing you want but would also have some increase in manhood, try tongkat ali first.

Improving Fertility

maca for fertility

For this one, it depends if you are a man or woman. To improve a man’s fertility, tongkat ali is the best. There are many studies that demonstrates that tongkat ali improves sperm quality (mind you, they are all done in rodents, but as we are mammals there could be applicable in humans). In fact, just last week I received one testimonial about this (and to be honest the only one so far) of a guy that purchased tongkat ali from us because he has been trying to get his partner pregnant for months with no success. And after a month I received this email from him:

Hey Fran, i am so happy with the result, i felt like imma better my confidence back, got more sexual desire and not to mention, before i always try to make my partner pregnant but seems like i was shooting blanks, but after taking tongkat ali in 1 month, now my partner is pregnant. m sure tongkat ali helped a lot so from the bottom of my heart, i would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH. 🙂

I couldn’t be happier for him.

But to improve a woman’s fertility, I would advise to try maca. There are not many studies that can throw some light into it but as far as traditional usage and testimonials goes maca seem like a must-have add on for any woman’s fertility program. As maca is a superfood, it has many beneficial effects to the body. So it seems logical that for a woman to be more fertile she should be at her best with her health too.

Increasing Energy and Stamina

tongkkat ali for strength

For this one, I have a personal preference towards maca. But like in most of the previous cases, it depends if you are a man or a woman.

For a man, both tongkat ali and maca are viable solutions, so you just need to try and see which one works best for you. I personally have better result with maca. In fact, the very first day I tried maca I accidentally overdose quite late at night and as a result I had insomnia for the first time in 10 years. That taught me a couple of things, (1) maca DOES help in increasing energy and (2) read the suggested usage beforehand (duh!).

For a woman, maca is the best option.

Improving Athletic Performance

This is one of the very few cases that I recommend tongkat ali for both men and woman to start with. Don’t get me wrong, tongkat ali is perfectly safe and I know some women use it for some purposes. Is just that for general well being for women is not the first option I would recommend. But athletic performance is an exception since tongkat ali seems to be the best for this, for men and woman. Increasing testosterone improves athletic performance, so this is the reason why tongkat ali is used by many professional athletes and bodybuilders.

tongkat ali for athletic performance

Conclusion on Tongkat Ali or Maca

As a general rule of thumb when trying to decide tongkat ali or maca, for men tongkat ali is best and for woman maca is best. But for some situations either could be used (and therefore you might need to test it yourself).

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