Tongkat Ali is known to foster male health and wellbeing, but do you know that the adaptogenic herb also benefits women? The fact that it is a known testosterone production booster often gives the impression that it is exclusively for men.
But not many people know that testosterone is also a vital hormone that the female body naturally produces and benefits from, which means that Tongkat Ali is for all.
Indeed, the herb is gender-neutral.
The natural Tongkat Ali products you see in the market today are extractions from the roots of the Eurycoma Longifolia tree, also referred to as the longjack plant. This tree commonly grows in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and some parts of Southern Thailand. Today, this herbal supplement often comes in the form of capsules or powdered drink forms.
In a manner that is similar to ginseng, Tongkat Ali provides a variety of health benefits for the general human body, chief among which is that it optimises energy levels. As such, it has been consumed by both men and women on this side of the world for centuries.
But up until this point, we already know the wonders that this herb does for men. How exactly does Tongkat Ali help lead female sexual health and wellbeing? To unpack it all, let’s first understand how testosterone is a crucial component of the female body.
By definition, testosterone, or androgen, is a male sex hormone in the same way that estrogen is a female one. But both hormones are produced in both male and female bodies for various purposes that are more unifying than ‘otherly’ in nature.
In the male body, testosterone is produced in the testicles and adrenal glands. In the female body, meanwhile, it is made in the ovaries, adrenal glands, fat cells, and skin cells. Generally, a woman produces about 1/10th to 1/20th of a man’s testosterone supply.
There is no denying the fact that the female body produces a smaller amount of testosterone compared to other female sex hormones such as estradiol, estrone and progesterone. (Note: estradiol helps to mature and maintain the female reproductive system, while estrone serves as a repository for estrogen in facilitating female sexual development. Progesterone, meanwhile, helps prepare the uterus’s walls for the potential of pregnancy shortly after ovulation occurs.) But the hormone does play an essential role in female sexual health and wellbeing. Like with men, it helps women with their libido (sex drive), energy levels, and fertility, among other health benefits.
As it ages, the human body will inevitably face the loss of these sex hormones. For women, the experience is called menopause (for men, it is andropause). Much like in men, the testosterone levels in women gradually declines over time. The rate of loss that they would experience after entering the fourth decade of their life is approximately 50% of their supply produced during their younger years.
The decline in androgen levels among ageing women is typically sharp and rapid. As such, it may play a critical part in the functional limitations commonly associated with ageing. The testosterone loss can also increase their general morbidity (or chance of developing diseases).
It is no wonder why women, too, should optimise their testosterone levels. They may not be as high as the male body would require, but in healthy amounts, they help maintain crucial bodily mechanisms but also ensure their sexual health and wellbeing.
So we can see why Tongkat Ali would be beneficial for women. The energy activation that Tongkat Ali supplements provide would help raise women's testosterone amounts to their original levels – and nourish their bodies with a multitude of benefits that we will discuss in greater detail below.
Women are prone to hormonal imbalance since the start of their puberty and sexual development. Even the smallest exposures to toxins can affect any part of their body’s hormone-driven endocrine functions anywhere from production to secretion. So understandably, many health practitioners would agree that Tongkat Ali, with its remarkable properties, is a natural solution to hormone disruption.
As the precursor of estrogen, testosterone facilitates multiple health and wellness functions within the female body. Below are thus six benefits that women can reap from the eventual testosterone boost that results from consuming Tongkat Ali supplements regularly.
The most immediate effect of Tongkat Ali consumption is an optimised energy reserve, which helps to boost women’s overall physical aptitude. As a tool for balancing hormones, the herb catalyses the natural balance between energy and metabolism. Having more life force translates into better performance of daily physical tasks, increased fitness levels, and improved sex life.
On top of an evident increase in their sex drives, women who complement their diet with Tongkat Ali tend to experience a heightened sensivity of their erogenous zones. The effect fuels the credibility of the herb as a natural aphrodisiac, which ageing women who are undergoing the sexual limitations of menopause would especially appreciate.
Tongkat Ali evidently reduces cortisol, a hormone that the body produces in response to stress. The cortisol reduction can, in turn, improve mood and mental focus, and noticeably reduce depression.
Hormones have a direct effect on metabolism. This is why hormonal imbalance, which testosterone loss can induce, can often lead to unwanted weight gain among women. But this does not have to be the case with the reattainment of hormonal equilibrium, which Tongkat Ali helps facilitate. Since the herb also helps minimise cortisol levels, it can also help prevent stress-related weight gain.
Women more than men are susceptible to osteoporosis, a disease that is characterised by weak and fragile bones. Seeing that testosterone is crucial for an optimised bone mineral density, it makes sense why consuming Tongkat Ali can help promote skeletal health.
The herb is also known to improve the strength and natural healing of muscles. Ageing women who tend to experience slower tissue healing will mostly find the herb helpful for limbic strains.
Researchers have been studying Tongkat Ali’s possible contribution to healthy blood sugar levels in their fight against diabetes type II. Of course, the herb should supply an already existing diet of low carbohydrates, frequent exercising, and quality sleep, among other proactive measures.
Women who work out regularly will find an improvement in their performance at the gym after consuming Tongkat Ali. The herb is known to boost mental clarity and energy levels, which are two of the most critical facets to athletic performance and endurance.
In short, Tongkat Ali is a much-needed ‘salve’ that naturally addresses testosterone decline among women, especially those who are perimenopausal and menopausal. In taking it up as a measure to improve their libido and overall quality of life, women who support the use of the natural herb are in fact exercising their right to and ownership of their sexual health and wellbeing.
This holistic turnout could not be more apt in this day and age wherein women are becoming more self-autonomous than ever. If the future of the world is indeed female, then this natural herb may just be the very tool that facilitates the overdue progression.
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