What Is Longjack Plant?
Longjack is a monoecious and dioecious herb that is a genus of flowering plant in the family Simaroubaceae. Native to Indonesia, Malaysia, and to a lesser extent in Vietnam, Thailand, India, and Laos, it is a medium-sized, slender shrub that can reach 10 meters in terms of height.
Adapted to grow in well-drained soils, the flowers of this plant are densely arranged, which later turns into a brownish red fruit.
This plant is known as Pasak Bumi in Indonesia, and Tongkat Ali in Malaysia as these are the two major countries producing Longjack.
Other Names of Longjack are: Tongkat Ali, Ali’s Umbrella, Pasak Bumi, Eurycoma Longifolia, Eurycoma, Eurycoma Longifolia Jack, Natural Viagra, Malaysian Ginseng, Wonod Mondou, Long Jack
What Is Longjack Root?
The root of this herb contains several chemicals that have different benefits on the body. The root of this plant has been used in the medicine of South East Asia region. In more recent times, it has been commonly used in food and drink additives, as well as in health supplements.
How Is Longjack Root Harvested?
The Longjack root is harvested by the native owners of the rainforests in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and other countries. The root is harvested from the long and deep vertical roots of mature and flowery 25-30 years old Eurycoma Longifolia trees. The diggers find the “25-30 years old tree”, dig it up, and then send it to the various manufacturing facilities.
Made up of various active components such as eurycomalacton, 13-alpha epoxy Eurycoma, and eurycomanol, Longjack has been found to work in various ways to improve your health.
For centuries, the roots and bark of these trees have been used as aphrodisiacs and are well known for their antiviral, antimalarial, antibacterial, and antipyretic properties.
While longjack is known to be a testosterone booster in men, there are many scientific studies that prove it useful for other health benefits too. There are various clinical trials that prove the root can also be used to boost sex drive, mood, energy levels, athletic performance, and endurance levels.
Longjack Boosts Testosterone Levels
Testosterone is regulated in our body by two glands namely hypothalamus and pituitary. These two glands produce the signals that inform Leydig and other testosterone producing cells to stop the testosterone production when a certain level is reached.
Longjack is a natural product that triggers your body in a safe way to produce the natural testosterone. (1)Tambi, M. I., Imran, M. K., & Henkel, R. R. (2012, May). Standardised water-soluble extract of Eurycoma longifolia, Tongkat ali, as testosterone booster for managing men with late-onset hypogonadism? Andrologia. 44 Suppl 1:226-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0272.2011.01168.x This herb acts as a negative feedback system for both the glands allowing a higher concentration of testosterone production. Therefore, Longjack root induces the body to produce the testosterone naturally.
According to a study published in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, intake of the Longjack root (Tongkat Ali) exhibited a 37% increase in Testosterone.
Works As An Ergogenic Aid
One of the best uses of the Longjack root is that it enhances body’s response to exercise. (2)Khanijo, T. & Jiraungkoorskul, W. (2016, July-December). Review Ergogenic Effect of Long Jack, Eurycoma Longifolia. Pharmacognosy Reviews. 10(20):139-142. doi: 10.4103/0973-7847.194041 According to a 2016 study published on US National Library Of Medicine National Institutes and Health, it has been proved that Longjack is one of the best choices, when it comes to the ergogenic plants.
Enhances Male Fertility
According to a study published on NCBI, when seventy-five men consumed Longjack root on a daily basis, they observed significant improvements in sperm motility and semen quality. (3)Low, B. S., Das, P. K., & Chan, K. L. (2013, February 13). Standardized quassinoid-rich Eurycoma longifolia extract improved spermatogenesis and fertility in male rats via the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 145(3):706-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2012.11.013
Effects The Stress Hormones and Boost The Psychological Mood
A study by US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health has proved that Longjack root is a remedy, which is intended to reduce fatigue, relieve the stress hormone, and improve the overall mood. (4)Talbott, S. M., Talbott, J. A., George, A., & Pugh, M. (2013, May 26). Effect of Tongkat Ali on stress hormones and psychological mood state in moderately stressed subjects. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition,10(1), 28. Doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-10-28
During this research, the effects of this root were evaluated on the psychological mood state. It was found that after intake of this supplement, the results were 15% less confusion and 12% less anger, 11% less tension, and a reduced cortisol exposure by 16%.
Comes With Anti-Cancer Properties
Out of the 65 medically active compounds of the Longjack root, 16 compounds have shown significant anti cancer efficacies. For instance: Eurycomanone is one of the active compounds that are quite effective against breast and lung cancer cells. (5)Tung, N. H., Uto, T., et al. (2017, July-September). Quassinoids from the Root of Eurycoma longifolia and Their Antiproliferative Activity on Human Cancer Cell Lines. Pharmacognosy Magazine. 13(51):459-462. doi: 10.4103/pm.pm_353_16
Has Anti-Bacterial Characteristics
The “Saudi Medical Journal” researchers have found that extracts from stems and leaves of Longjack root consist of many anti-bacterial compounds.
A 2007 study in Malaysia showed that the alcoholic and acetone characteristics of this herb were effective on both negative and positive bacteria.
Works As A Remedy For Erectile Dysfunction
Various researchers have been found that a twelve-week supplementation of Longjack root helps to enhance the sexual function, and also comes as an effective remedy for Erectile Dysfunction. (6)Kotirum, S., Ismail, S. B., & Chaiyakunapruk, N. (2015, October). Efficacy of Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia) on erectile function improvement: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 23(5):693-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2015.07.009
The human clinical trials of Tongkat Ali are limited, and the standard Longjack dosage is related to the bioactive ingredient known as eurycomanone.
How To Consume Longjack?
When it comes to capsules, the recommended usage of this supplement is 4 capsules a day: 2 in the morning and then 2 in the afternoon. But if you are just starting with the dosage, start with half of the dosage and then increase to the standard 4 capsules per day.
Once you start with the dosage, you will notice that will experience the desired effects by just taking 2 or 3 capsules per day, and by sticking to the routine. Also, the effects of this supplement start to accumulate gradually. However, it is essential that you leave a small “resting period” so that your body gets accustomed to Longjack.
For example: If you take it for 4 days, rest for 2. If you take it for 2 days, rest for the third day, and then take it for another 2 days, and then rest for the 3rd day.
But if you are following a long term dosage, it is best to let your body rest for a longer period. For instance, take a 1 month break after dosing for 2-3 months.
At last, we suggest that you should experiment a little with dosage as Longjack doesn’t work same for all the individuals.
Longjack Side Effects
Though the herb does not come with any significant side effects, some of the mild ones reported by some users and found during research are:
- Testicular pressure
- Heart palpitations
- Face blush
Once you start consuming Longjack, make sure that you don’t start with high dosage. Slowly work your way up to the manufacturer’s recommended dosage. If you are consuming a low dose and still facing side effects, stop consumption immediately and consult your doctor.
Longjack Interactions and Contradictions
There are certain products that don’t go well with the Longjack. For instance, you should avoid pygeum, palmetto or Proscar with Longjack, as all three can block dihydrotestosterone, the hormone necessary for sexual drive. Moreover, there are some foods that some users report that are responsible for hampering the testosterone boosting effect of Longjack like cauliflower, cabbage-derive vegetables, soy products, and broccoli.
Diabetics shall also pay attention to the consumption of this root as it may lower the sugar level in blood. Furthermore, if you are on any type of the prescription medicine, consult your physician before supplementing it in our diet.
How To Buy Longjack Supplements?
Longjack supplements come in a few different forms. Typically you can find them in powder and capsule form. First let’s take a look at what longjack extract is.
What is Longjack Extract
As stated, Longjack is a small tree that is found in the jungles of Indonesia, Malaysia and other South East Asia countries.
The herbal extract of Longjack is a result of solvent that acts on the plant material by dissolving some of its components. When this solution is separated from the insoluble plant materials; the EXTRACT remains back in the liquid form. After this process, the liquid is removed to produce a solid extract.
In ancient days, the root had to be brewed for longer hours to get the bitter extract.
Longjack powder is that extract of the raw plant material. You can buy Longjack in the powder form from various health and online stores, but it is best to buy them in the form of capsules as it’s easier to consume.
If you are going to consume it as a powder, get a small amount of water in your mouth and then drop the powder on top of that water and swallow. It’s almost like taking a capsule but you will get some of the bitter taste when doing it this way.
If you mix it in with other ingredients, like a smoothie you may find the longjack is overpowering to the other flavors of the drink.
Longjack capsule is the form of tongkat ali supplement that is most commonly used around the world.
You should always prefer capsules as it’s easier to consume. Also look for Longjack 200 because it requires less number of capsules to achieve the desired effects and offer the best value of root.
Longjack 100 Vs. Longjack 200
Longjack 1:100 means that it takes 100 grams of a mature root to produce 1 gram of the extract. While Longjack 200 means that it is in the ratio of 1:200, and it takes 200 gram of mature root to produce 1 gram of the root extract.
Longjack 200 is known as the highest concentration available and is the recommended concentration for maximum results. This concentration of tongkat ali has been researched extensively and has been used by hundreds and thousands of people.
But keep in mind that Longjack 200 is not a drug or hormone pill, it is a natural herbal supplement.
To get the optimal results, Longjack 200 should constantly be taken over time. Moreover, the time to experience results varies from person and person, but according to the reviews, it takes an average time of two weeks to show the results.
You can continue to take longjack for as much time as you like, as there are no known problems for consuming it long term.
Should I Buy Longjack GNC or Other Health Stores?
If you are planning to buy a Longjack GNC supplement, we usually advise to not buy those from the physical stores as they are usually priced at higher rates to cover the costs or they may not contain a concentrated enough amount in their suggested dosage to get you the results you’re looking for.
Make sure that you look for an online store that ships worldwide so that you can get the supply of the supplement regularly. For more information, you can always refer to our buying guide section for tongkat ali.
Herbolab’sLongjack (Tongkat Ali)
At Herbolab, we offer you the genuine tongkat ali supplements that come straight from the Indonesian jungles.
Our tongkat ali extract has been concentrated 200 times, which means that we take 200 grams of tongkat ali (Longjack) to make 1 gram of finished product.
Our team strives to provides the maximum concentration for active ingredients, and one bottle of Herbolab Longjack extract consists of 4.8 gm of pure extract.
References [ + ]
|1.||↑||Tambi, M. I., Imran, M. K., & Henkel, R. R. (2012, May). Standardised water-soluble extract of Eurycoma longifolia, Tongkat ali, as testosterone booster for managing men with late-onset hypogonadism? Andrologia. 44 Suppl 1:226-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0272.2011.01168.x|
|2.||↑||Khanijo, T. & Jiraungkoorskul, W. (2016, July-December). Review Ergogenic Effect of Long Jack, Eurycoma Longifolia. Pharmacognosy Reviews. 10(20):139-142. doi: 10.4103/0973-7847.194041|
|3.||↑||Low, B. S., Das, P. K., & Chan, K. L. (2013, February 13). Standardized quassinoid-rich Eurycoma longifolia extract improved spermatogenesis and fertility in male rats via the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 145(3):706-14. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2012.11.013|
|4.||↑||Talbott, S. M., Talbott, J. A., George, A., & Pugh, M. (2013, May 26). Effect of Tongkat Ali on stress hormones and psychological mood state in moderately stressed subjects. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition,10(1), 28. Doi: 10.1186/1550-2783-10-28|
|5.||↑||Tung, N. H., Uto, T., et al. (2017, July-September). Quassinoids from the Root of Eurycoma longifolia and Their Antiproliferative Activity on Human Cancer Cell Lines. Pharmacognosy Magazine. 13(51):459-462. doi: 10.4103/pm.pm_353_16|
|6.||↑||Kotirum, S., Ismail, S. B., & Chaiyakunapruk, N. (2015, October). Efficacy of Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia) on erectile function improvement: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 23(5):693-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2015.07.009|