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Tried tongkat? You might want to check out this special supplement
If you are looking for an exotic supplement to kick up your nutritional intake, check out tongkat. With an unusual name like tongkat ali (it also goes by the terms such as longjack, pasak bumi, or eurycoma longifolia) it is unusual in more than its terminology. Tongkat is a botanical that grows in Southeast Asia so it is not necessarily a household name or readily available.
So why would a bodybuilder want to take this strange element? Tongkat has been shown to address male hormonal balance in animal studies. That translates into really interesting results such as enhancing testosterone availability as well as boosting libido and performance. One supplement company noted "Thanks to new scientific programs, tongkat ali is emerging as one of the most promising natural intimacy aids ever studied."
The bottom line with tongkat is that in animals it has been show to increase testosterone levels. The Alternative Medicine website points out "Because of its testosterone-enhancing properties, tongkat ali is also used by bodybuilders to increase muscle mass and strength." An element that boost testosterone is always a handy tool for a bodybuilder, so it pays to become more acquainted with it.
In addition to the testosterone boost, there are other positive factors that come from the intake of tongkat, including elevated energy levels, endurance and stamina, and to reduce occasional mental fatigue.
So what about side effects? Some of the side effects of tongkat can include anxiety, restlessness and insomnia. People with sleep apnea, breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, heart conditions and liver and kidney diseases should avoid using tongkat. Similarly, anyone with a weakend immune system should also forego tongkat ali as a supplement and anyone taking medicine for immunosuppressant issues should also avoid tongkat.
Since you don't live in the Malaysian jungle, you will have to obtain tongkat in supplement form. It is sold by a wide variety of supplement companies and is relatively affordable. Test what tongkat can do for you by trying some with your next workout cycle. How long to see results? One supplement company notes - "1 tablet twice daily with meals. Optimal effectiveness should be felt within 1-3 weeks of continuous uninterrupted consumption." Check out this exotic (legal!) botanical and see how your body responds.
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