Is it safe to consume Tongkat Ali, Candy B or Catuaba?

What is Tongkat Ali actually?
Tongkat ali is an herbal remedy that has been a part of traditional Southeast Asian medicine for centuries. It’s often used to treat a variety of ailments, including fevers, erectile dysfunction, and bacterial infections. Studies suggest that Tongkat Ali may boost male fertility, relieve stress, and improve body composition, though research in these areas is limited.

Tongkat Ali derived from?
Tongkat Ali, or long jack, is an herbal supplement that comes from the roots of the green shrub tree Eurycoma longifolia, which is native to Southeast Asia.

What is the composition of Tongkat Ali?
The root contains – quassinoids, squalene derivatives, biphenylneolignans, tirucallane type triterpenes, canthine-6-one, and β-carboline alkaloid.

What are the benefits of Tongkat Ali?
There are many benefits of taking Tongkat Ali, including improved energy levels, enhanced libido, and performance, reduced anxiety and stress, and better overall mood. These effects are due to the active ingredients in Tongkat Ali that help to boost your body’s natural production of hormones like testosterone and estrogen. Additionally, Tongkat Ali has been shown to support heart health, improve brain function and memory, boost the immune system, and reduce inflammation throughout the body.

Does it improve body composition?
Tongkat ali is often claimed to boost athletic performance and increase muscle mass. This is because it contains compounds called quassinoids, including eurycomaoside, eurycolactone, and eurycomanone, which may help your body use energy more efficiently, reduce fatigue, and improve endurance. In other words, the supplement may act as an ergogenic aid, which is a substance that can enhance physical performance and improve body composition.

What are the common side effects?
Common side effects are restlessness and insomnia.
When consumed in large doses, tongkat ali can have the side effects of headache. Tongkat ali may also cause nausea and vomiting. Persistent nausea and vomiting, it can lead to dizziness, increased heart rate and low blood pressure. There are cases of stroke have been reported as well due to Tongkat  ali usage

Is Tongkat Ali really good for health?
The research on this area is very limited. While some research mentions taking tongkat ali appears to have adverse effects in doses between 300mg to 500mg per day, research is limited, and available studies focus on short-term use. It’s unclear whether taking the supplements over longer periods is beneficial and safe.

Is Candy B function similar as Tongkat Ali?
Candy B is a popular “health supplement” that claims to treat erectile dysfunction effectively and enhance sexual performance and endurance timing through all-natural herbs. It is sold under different brands online and is claimed to be a pure herbal treatment for erectile dysfunction. It has been used traditionally as a symbol of male strength and sexual prowess as it increases male virility and sexual performance. Chemical extracts of this plant have been scientifically studied on rats in various research, which showed evidence of pro-androgenic (male-enhancing) effects. Tainted Candy B would definitely help you achieve a harder erection since it contains tadalafil. However, with dosages these high and uncontrolled, consumers are putting their lives at risk, as it could cause a heart attack or stroke.

What is Catuaba and its benefit?
Catuaba is mainly known for its aphrodisiac properties but is also believed by some to treat or prevent a wide range of unrelated medical conditions, including anxiety, asthma, bacterial infections, depression, erectile dysfunction, low libido and memory problems. However, there are no proven studies on it since there was limited research on it. But there are adverse effects of cases being reported because of over-abuse of Catuaba.

Are you confused and afraid?
My suggestion to you, come over to us and discuss your problem/symptoms which lead you to take one of it above as a supplement. Let us assess the causes of your symptoms. It’s better to know the causes and correct them accordingly.

Let me give you an example, you have been using Tongkat Ali for erectile dysfunction for years. At the same time, you do have hypertension, heart disease and diabetes mellitus. So basically you have a high chance of developing the side effects compared to individuals without any underlying. But there is a non-invasive treatment for erectile dysfunction like Extracorporeal shock wave therapy which benefits and cures your problem permanently.

Don’t hesitate or shy to speak about your symptoms to us, we are here to treat you with the best treatment modalities with less or even zero adverse effects to you. Call us and fix an appointment. 

By Dr Subramani Paidathalli 

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