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REd or brown tongkat ali?

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I have been researching tongkat Ali and am already an order from your website. Is yours the black variety as oppose to the red and brown one and if so is there any difference? Many thanks

Fran Sanchez, BSc MSc
Hi,
Thanks for being in touch. Black, Red and Yellow Tongkat Ali are all unrelated medicinal plants that share a similar common name in some regions of Malaysia. However, the name Tongkat Ali is most commonly in reference to yellow Tongkat Ali or Eurycoma longifolia, of the family: Simaroubaceae. The other roots that share this name are:
Black Tongkat Ali = Species: Polyalthia bullata, Family: Annonaceae
Red Tongkat Ali / Akar Haji Samat = Species: Jackia (Jackiaopsis) ornata, Family: Rubaceae
Each of these herbs is used in Malaysian traditional medicine for energy and sexual dysfunction, however only Eurycoma longifolia has a large body of supporting scientific research for its effects related to boosting testosterone and male sexual health. The other two varieties don't have any evidence for such use, despite what other retailers may claim about those varieties.
Hope that answer your questions.
Best regards,
Fran
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