If this is the first time you are taking herbolab’s products, here is some important information you need to know to get the best out of these powerful natural supplements.
Tongkat Ali: 4 caps a day with cycle
The recommended usage is 4 capsules per day: 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. However, this may be a little too high for some users, specially if this is the first time you start taking the product. I recommend starting with half the dosage until you feel that your body is OK with it (that is, you don’t feel agitated or restless). Then you may increase to the standard 4 capsules per day.
I suggest that you experiment a little with the dosage as Tongkat Ali doesn’t work the same for all individuals (neither does any other supplement or medication). You may notice that you experience the desired effects taking only 2 or 3 capsules per day, and that is totally fine, stick to it. Some other individuals (specially bodybuilders) may find a higher dosage more suited for the results they look for, up to double the standard dose (8 caps per day)
Cycling Tongkat Ali
The effects of Tongkat Ali accumulate gradually. However, it is also important to leave a “resting period” to avoid your body getting accustomed to Tongkat Ali. It is recommended to rest half the time you take Tongkat Ali. For example: If you take it for 4 days in a row, rest 2. Or if you take it for 2 days, rest on the third. There is no “best cycle duration”, however I recommend that your cycle is shorter than 10 days in a row of continuous usage.
If you are taking Tongkat Ali long term, I believe it is a good idea to let your body rest for a longer period after 2-3 months of cycles (you can take 1 month break or so).
I often get asked about the best cycle structure. There is no such a thing as the “best” because people respond differently. If you have a hard time sticking to a cycle, what I can suggest is that you adopt a cycle that can be easily fit in your schedule.
The point of the cycle is to leave regular pauses to avoid getting your body used to TA by constant intake. This pauses help “reset”. Resting 50% is just conventional usage, but you can get your own pattern. For example:
- Take Monday-Friday, rest on weekends. For every bottle finished, pause an additional week.
- Take 20 days straight, rest 10 days before starting a new bottle
- Take Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Whatever works for you.
The general usage of 4 capsules a day, take 2 and rest 1 day is a convention, but you can find the dosage and rest periods that works best for you with a little experimentation.
Maca: 4 caps a day, continuous
The recommended dosage for 1:6 concentrated Maca is 2 capsule in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. As mentioned before, you might want to experiment with different dosages until you fine the one that works best for you. However, I do not recommend to excess 8 capsules per day.
There is some controversy about cycling Maca, some people think it should be cycled and some others don’t. When combining with other products, some people take them alternatively (example: 4 days of Tongkat Ali, then 4 days of Maca). I personally believe that Maca should not be cycled because it is an adaptogen food: it contains many beneficial nutrients for the body and endocrine system. Hence, I think that the best result is obtained with continuos use.
Fermented red Korean Ginseng: 2 caps a day, continuous
The recommended dosage for 1:10 concentrated fermented red Korean ginseng is 1 capsule in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. As mentioned before, you might want to experiment with different dosages until you fine the one that works best for you. However, I do not recommend to excess 4 capsules per day.
There is some controversy about cycling ginseng, some people think it should be cycled and some others don’t. When combining with other products, some people take them alternatively (example: 4 days of Tongkat Ali, then 4 days of ginseng). I personally believe that ginseng should not be cycled because it is an adaptogen food: it contains many beneficial nutrients for the body and endocrine system. Hence, I think that the best result is obtained with continuos use.
There are certain products that doesn’t go well with Tongkat Ali. For example, you should avoid saw palmetto or pygeum, or the pharmaceutical finasteride (Proscar). All three of them block dihydrotestosterone, the hormone necessary to achieve an increased sexual drive.
Diabetics should pay extra attention as Tongkat Ali may lower the sugar level in blood (if you bought Tongkat Ali to lower your sugar, here is anarticle on the subject). Anyone with hormone related cancer, taking immunodepresants, with heart disease, sleep apnea or kidney disease are encouraged to talk to their doctor before taking Tongkat Ali. You are also encouraged to talk to your doctor if you are taking prescription medication.
Based on studies done by Dr. Gloria Chacon, the alkaloids of maca are believed to stimulate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to better balance the entire endocrine system. Some people with hypothyroidism take Armour thyroid, others take Synthroid. What they notice after a month or two is that they begin to feel some of the symptoms of an overactive thyroid, and so they cut back their thyroid medication and the symptoms go away. Some stabilize at 50% of their former dosage of thyroid medication and some stop all thyroid medication. However, they do this, little by little, with frequent testing of thyroid function in order not to shock the thyroid and make their condition worse.
Excessive consumption of uncooked maca root have been associated to goiters, brought on by the Glucosinolate chemical. However, as our maca is gelatinized this chemical is removed.
There are no known interactions with other medicines or supplements.
Red Korean Ginseng
Limited evidence exists for any established interactions, with most data derived from laboratory studies and healthy volunteers. Very few case reports exist; however, use ginseng cautiously with the following medicines: antidiabetic drugs/insulin, antipsychotic drugs, caffeine and other stimulants, furosemide, imatinib, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, and nifedipine. Reports of interactions with warfarin and antiviral drugs are conflicting.
Contraindications have not been established aside from known hypersensitivity.
In some occasions some mild side effects could manifest, although they are rare. These side effects could include:
- Increased aggressiveness
- Face blush
- testicular pressure
- heart palpitations
If you experience any side effects after taking our products, please discontinue its usage and consult a doctor.
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