The question we are asked the most is:
How much Tongkat Ali should I take?
It's hard to answer because the best Tongkat Ali dosage does not exist.
1. Tongkat Ali comes in different forms with different strengths.
2. You should take different amounts for different reasons.
3. Everyone is different.
There is a solution for #1. We wrote about it here.
We'll explain #2 in a minute, but while you read more, it’s important to remember #3.
So whether you are a bodybuilder, performance athlete, or just need an extra bump on the weekend, this blog will help you decide how much Tongkat Ali you should take regularly.
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How Much Tongkat Ali To Take
Before you start to take Tongkat Ali, you should decide the results you want.
Do you need a little motivation and energy boost?
Do you want this and a stronger, leaner body?
Maybe you just want to be wild on the weekends?
Tongkat Ali can help you reach all of these goals but remember it is a supplement.
No supplement can replace a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and deep sleep.
You should master these things first.
Now let’s get to the root of the matter...
Tongkat Ali is recommended in different amounts for different reasons.
We think most suggested dosages are too low. Sure, some people may feel a 50-100mg dosage, but most people will never experience any real changes.
Most of the legit clinical studies that support the positive effects of Tongkat Ali use at least 300mg/day.
These studies also use a high-quality tongkat ali root extract (Eurycoma longifolia jack) but we'll get into the research a little bit later.
For now, to keep it simple, a general rule for Tongkat Ali:
300-600 milligrams each day is effective for most people.
However, even though taking more Tongkat Ali can make bigger changes in your body - and your bedroom - a little bit of Tongkat Ali can do the trick too.
Quality makes the biggest difference.
Follow these steps...
1. Choose the best.
Health is the most important thing in life. Your health affects everything - your happiness, your money, and your relationships. Spend a little more on your health and enjoy your future.+ Start with a high-quality tongkat ali root extract that has been standardized to a 10% eurycomanone level ... like this one:
2. Start slow.
Most people are shocked by high quality Tongkat Ali Root Extract. It gives you a great feeling but it can be too much at first. Some people can get an upset stomach or feel restless when they take too much.
+ Start with 300mg of Tongkat Ali each day for the first week.
3. Take it early.
Tongkat Ali creates a ton of energy. If you take it after dinner, you may feel too wired - and too horny - to sleep. This usually stops as your body builds a tolerance and rhythm.
+ Take Tongkat Ali before noon to make it easier to fall asleep at bedtime.
4. Eat with food.
Tongkat Ali may cause an upset stomach at first. You can take it with a meal to avoid this. However, stomach acid can minimize its potency, so a lighter meal can be better.
+ Eat with a light meal or protein shake at first, but a big glass of water is best.
5. Be consistent.
+ Be steady and stick to a schedule. The best effects build gradually.
How To Split + Cycle Tongkat Ali
It’s good to split the daily amount of Tongkat Ali into two doses. So for 600 milligrams a day, take 300 mg in the morning and 300 mg in the afternoon.
+ Splitting extends effectiveness.
Tongkat Ali supplements should be cycled. It's actually pretty easy to match the work week. So you take Tongkat Ali for 5 days in a row, then take a break and stop taking it for 2 days. Then start again and repeat the cycle: 5 days on, 2 days off for as long you need it.
+ Cycling mimics natural testosterone production.
One more thing:
Elite athletes and bodybuilders may consider a longer cycle. We know bodybuilders who take 1200mg for 14 days, and then take 3 days off. They repeat this heavy cycle for up to 10 months sometimes, but then take a 2-month break to reset the body. This is pretty intense and not suggested for beginners.
So there are many different cycle structures to try with Tongkat Ali. It kinda depends on what you want to get out of it.
But this can be used to your advantage.
If you have a hard time sticking to a regular cycle, then adopt a cycle that can fit in your schedule.
It’s OK to experiment with the amount and cycle.
You may notice that you feel great after taking just 300mg of Tongkat Ali each day. That’s great! Stick to it.
We recommend finding the lowest dosage you need to feel good.
We also heavily recommend you take a “resting period” to feel the full power every time.
Tongkat Ali Dosage Examples
This chart details how much Most Potent Tongkat Ali to take in the beginning with a 5-day on, 2-day off cycle.
Some people continue the Week 4 cycle forever. We recommend taking a 1 week break 3-4 times/year to keep the effects fresh and reduce tolerance levels.
Why these amounts?
Besides our own experience with Tongkat Ali and the feedback from users, there are more than a few research studies to support these amounts. 1
In 2012, a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled, parallel group study included 109 men between 30 and 55 years of age. 2
Each guy took only 300 mg of Tongkat Ali root extract or a placebo every day for three months.
Besides losing some fat and gaining a better quality of life, the men showed:
- 14% more libido
- 44% more sperm motility
- 18% more semen volume
A different research study gave people 200 milligrams of Tongkat Ali root extract to men everyday and found it helped lower cortisol and increase testosterone. 3
Let’s be real:
There has not been enough human studies performed on Tongkat Ali, Longjack, or Eurycoma longifolia.
But it has been used for thousands of years and is growing in popularity because people are experiencing real results.
It makes you feel good. It makes you feel powerful. It helps you reach your most potential.
Well, high-quality Tongkat Ali does.... after you determine how much to take.
So how do you know how much Tongkat Ali to take?
Take just enough to enjoy the benefits and avoid the side effects.
Tongkat Ali Side Effects
It’s good to start slow with any new natural supplement.
This is especially true for Tongkat Ali.
Tongkat Ali is a powerful herb. When you start taking it, your body needs time to adjust.
Typically, no adverse effects occur. But we're not gonna lie, it's powerful and you will feel it.
You may feel some of these negative side effects:
- Higher body temperature
- Upset stomach
- Feeling antsy
- Mild insomnia
- Raging boners
The negative side effects and feelings usually go away after an hour or so. And after 2-3 days of taking Tongkat Ali, you shouldn't feel any of them.
Tongkat Ali Warnings
You should always be a little cautious when taking a supplement.
Research the brand.
Review the testing they do on their ingredients to ensure quality. Make sure they test their ingredients!
Research the ingredient.
Where does it comes from?
Why is it important?
What to expect?
Every person should talk to a healthcare professional before taking a supplement.
Drug Warnings for Tongkat Ali
Tongkat Ali can interact with medications. So if you are taking any prescribed medications, you should talk to your doctor before trying it.
This is especially true if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia, and if you are taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar or blood pressure.
Tongkat Ali can also affect people with a weak immune system. You should avoid taking it if you have breast cancer or prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, or sleep apnea.
Children and pregnant women should also avoid taking Tongkat Ali.
Food Warnings for Tongkat Ali
There are certain foods that may interact with Tongkat Ali. Most of these can influence testosterone and estrogen levels in the body.
Zinc: Zinc is a testosterone booster. Oysters, pumpkin seeds, chicken liver, watermelon have higher zinc levels.
Garlic: Garlic contains Diallyl disulfide. Diallyl disulfide can stimulate the pituitary gland to produce Luteinizing Hormone (LH) which helps the Leydig cells in the male testicles to increase testosterone.
Cauliflower/Broccoli/Cabbage: These vegetables from the Cruciferous family contain 3,3'-Diindolylmethane (DIM). This compound can remove excess estrogen from the body. This increases free testosterone.
Mint: Spearmint, peppermint and others from the mint family may work to reduce testosterone in the body.
Licorice: Licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid, which can decrease total testosterone levels after just 4 days!
Soy: Soy has been proven to lower testosterone levels.
What To Expect From Tongkat Ali
As we explained:
You might experience some very mild side effects when you start taking Tongkat Ali. An upset stomach and increased body heat for 10-15 minutes is normal at first.
Stick with it.
The long-term benefits can far outweigh these short-term side effects.
Be patient. It takes time to kick in. Don't expect huge results in the first week.
During the first week, you may feel:
Motivation: You may want to get active and start moving the very first day.
More energy: This can show up strong the first day, but may take 2-3 days to build up.
More horny: You may want more sex by the end of the first week. Some may also notice harder erections and more stamina.
Deeper sleep: Deeper sleep can also kick in after 7 days. Although If it is too new, or too much, or too late in the day, you may not be able to sleep at all.
Less stressful feelings: This can take up to a month. Maybe it’s the lower cortisol, or the more testosterone, more sex, and more sleep.
After a month, you should have higher levels of testosterone flowing through your body. This can result in fat loss, muscle tone and an even stronger sex drive. Look out!