Diet & Dose Information
Please note that none of the diet info below has been confirmed by any official medical body in the western world such as the FDA etc as further testing on the herb is needed, and therefore the below is for informational purposes only. The below is simply advice based on that given by a producer of the extract in Indonesia, and may differ slightly from the recommendations given by other manufacturers. In fact I have never seen another seller of Tongkat Ali even mention diet information.
The appropriate dose of Eurycoma longifolia depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range or dose for Eurycoma longifolia. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using herbal extracts.
For Tongkat Ali extract, dosages vary wildly between manufacturers. It can be anything from 25mg to 1.6 grams depending on the brand and what it is used for. Studies also vary wildly.
My advice would be to follow whatever is written on the bottle and up the dose at your own risk if you feel the need. after asking the manufacturer first what the highest they would recommend is.
NEVER start off with a higher dose than the label recommends.
The dosage for women should be half of the dosages for men, which is not very useful given the wildly varying dosages so I can't comment on that.
For optimal results, it is said Tongkat Ali should be cycled on a 2-1 basis, e.g. 2 weeks on and 1 week off (best for beginners), or 1 month on, 2 weeks off. This is to avoid building up a tolerance.
The below information is based on a systematic review of scientific literature edited and peer-reviewed by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (www.naturalstandard.com).
Children (under 18 years old)
Interactions with Drugs
- Eurycoma longifolia may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised when using medications that may also lower blood sugar. People taking insulin or drugs for diabetes by mouth should be monitored closely by a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist. Medication adjustments may be necessary.
- Eurycoma longifolia may cause low blood pressure. Caution is advised in people taking drugs that lower blood pressure.
- Eurycoma longifolia may interfere with the way the body processes certain drugs using the liver's cytochrome P450 enzyme system. As a result, the levels of these drugs may be increased in the blood and may cause increased effects or potentially serious adverse reactions. People using any medications should check the package insert and speak with a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, about possible interactions.
- Eurycoma longifolia may also interact with agents that affect the immune system, agents that block nerve impulses, agents that block nervous system activity, agents that increase energy, agents that promote fertility, antianxiety agents, antibiotics, anticancer agents, antimalarial agents, antiobesity agents, beta-blockers, heart health agents, heart rate-regulating agents, hormonal agents, osteoporosis agents, and propranolol.
Interactions with Herbs and Dietary Supplements
- Eurycoma longifolia may interfere with the way the body processes certain herbs or supplements using the liver's cytochrome P450 enzyme system. As a result, the levels of other herbs or supplements may become too high in the blood. It may also alter the effects that other herbs or supplements possibly have on the cytochrome P450 system.
- Eurycoma longifolia may cause low blood pressure. Caution is advised in people taking herbs or supplements that lower blood pressure.
- Eurycoma longifolia may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised when using herbs or supplements that may also lower blood sugar. Blood glucose levels may require monitoring, and doses may need adjustment.
- Eurycoma longifolia may also interact with antibacterials, anticancer herbs and supplements, antimalarials, antiobesity herbs and supplements, herbs and supplements that affect the immune system, herbs and supplements that block nerve impulses, herbs and supplements that increase energy, herbs and supplements that promote fertility, herbs and supplements that promote heart health, herbs and supplements that treat abnormal heartbeat, hormonal herbs and supplements, and osteoporosis herbs and supplements.
The following info has been recommended by an extract producer and is NOT official. This is not to say that it should be followed to the letter as in my opinion most people would find doing so impossible, as indeed would I, but at the very least you should eat sufficient protein (if using to bulk up) and avoid to much chocolate, coffee and alcohol (if you are taking Tongkat Ali as an aphrodisiac).
Also it is said to avoid seafood while on cycle as SOME people experience an allergic reaction. This has never happened to me but it has been reported by some people.
On-cycles and off-cycles should be accompanied by different nutritional strategies. An on-cycle diet should be protein-rich: plenty of meat, processed meat like ham,salami, bacon, pastrami, as well as sausages, eggs, cheese (up to 500 gram per day are supportive), milk (land-animal foods). If you cannot eat enough of these or are a vegetarian I suggest buying some powdered shake protein such as whey protein etc.
It is recommended not to consume carbs-rich foods during a Tongkat Ali on-cycle, as carbs reduce libido. I seriously doubt anybody has ever stuck to this 100% but it can help apparently.
Those who cannot go without carbs on on-cycle days can add nuts. The advantage of nuts over other snack food is that they will counteract the constipation caused by a meat-cheese-eggs diet.
The constitutive component of chocolate that does not go well with Tongkat Ali is theobromine. Theobromine interferes to a degree that varies from person to person, but it is never a positive contribution. However, theobromine usually clears from the body within 12 to 14 hours, and this is for how long its interference with Tongkat Ali lasts.
It is said that you should also avoid tea and coffee. It is highly unlikely anyone will be able to do so unless you already don't drink either, but it may be best not to over do it.
¬†If one happens to be a bodybuilder and wants to take Tongkat Ali also, carbs are a necessary part of the diet plan. In that case, the carbs (best will be nuts) should be eaten once a day, approximately 1 hour before training. The Tongkat Ali should be used after the training session, and again at the hour most distant from the training session.
Broccoli, cauliflower, soy-based foods, and garlic will be disruptive. One should therefore NOT consume broccoli, cauliflower, soy-based foods, and garlic during on-cycles. Because there are other, less severe interferences with Tongkat Ali from other vegetables and fruits, it is best to keep consumption of all fruits and vegetables rather low during on-cycles.
In order to avoid overall nutritional imbalances, the off-cycle diet should be different (or even exactly the opposite) from the on-cycle diet. During off-cycles, one’s diet should emphasize vegetables and fruit, with as little meat, cheese, and eggs as possible. Protein during off-cycles should come mainly from fish. Broccoli, cauliflower, and soy-based foods, as well as garlic, are good dietary choices for off-cycles. Furthermore, during off-cycles, whole-grain breads are well suited to prepare the body for the next on-cycle.
Once one is ready to again use the Tongkat Ali, one should stop eating whole-grain foods as well as vegetables, and switch back to a diet strong on meat, cheese, and eggs.
Please note, as I have said already, I did not write this! ( I onIy wrote the comments in bold) I have never followed the above advice and the vast majority of Tongkat sellers never mention the above and probably have never heard of it! DO NOT EMAIL ME WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ABOVE DIET INFO AS I AM NOT ABLE TO ANSWER THEM AS I DO NOT FOLLOW IT MYSELF. I am not a coffee drinker anyway, and don't each a huge amount of chocolate since I started dieting.
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