Thursday, September 08, 2022

Andropause Succor - My Story

Readers will be aware that my blog has a sponsor. For the longest time I have refused to take on any product placements or ads, which just clogs up my blog. 

However Andropause Succor is a product that is near and dear to me. It is 100% Malaysian.About 12 years ago, I was feeling lethargic, not wanting to do much, not keen to try anything new, and my equipment wasn't working the way it used to be. I read up on andropause and thought I may have low testosterone.

My GP rubbished me off saying I look too young to have andropause. Anyway did the blood test. When we are in our teens the testosterone should be 20-24/30. As long as its above 15 you should have no problems. Each passing year as we age in our 40s we lose a few percent of our testosterone.

My bloody reading came in at 8/30. My GP was shocked. Tried the artificial jab (huge jab) but it only dissipates after a week or so and its so painful as the jab is back into the muscle. The other gel which you rub on your arms is so-so only. I think our body will not accept artificial stuff.

For the next 2 years I did research on how testosterone works and the actual lab research done on various products/herbs. My friend owns the "best run and probably largest bio-nutrients manufacturing facility in the country". We also consulted their in-house pharmacist on that matter on and off. 

The final product which is proven is our Tongkat Ali. However what you have out there has varying levels of extraction. To explain, the most basic way is to boil the root, much like Chinese soup. That kind of extraction may give you 20% of the essence. You can chop up the root, boil it and then hard press it, you may get 35%. Then there is fractionalisation, you may end up with 45%-50%. 

Pomegranate juice’s concentration of antioxidants and ability to impact oxidative stress make it a potential fertility aid. Oxidative stress has been shown to cause sperm dysfunction. It has strong anti-inflammation properties and can also increase testosterone levels in men, one of the main hormones behind sex drive.

Why I invested in Andropause Succor is that my friend's facility has just then patented a better form of extraction using ultrasound/fractionalisation and nanotechnology. They have already submitted it for patenting. Hence on the market I can safely say AS has probably the best extraction and efficacy.

To lose testosterone or have low testosterone is to age. If you can reverse that even slightly you will age so much better. I wanted to call it anti-aging, but then there will be hoards of people trying to rubbish that claim. So lets call it a rejuvenation of virility.

We start losing testosterone when our testes starts to slow down production of semen, telling the rest of the body to no longer need to procreate and prepare to wind down "operations". Hence having the Tongkat Ali supplement is like the fuel but if engine and combustion does not kick in, its pretty limited. To "restart the production", we need a healthy dosage of zinc, and some magnesium. To have a proper circulatory prowess we put in Cordyceps. All the "amount recommended" were not guesswork but based on the in house pharmacist's professional guidance.

We tested the product among ourselves and friends, and my testosterone went back to 17/30 after 3 months. For the last 2 years it has been between 16-19/30. 

So we went into production. Engaged a team of online marketing for a couple of months. ALL our Facebook ads got banned after just 2-3 days. So its all word of mouth and my blog. Even so, our repeat orders have been very good. It works. 

The first batch took 11-13 months to sell. It should have sold out faster had we not been banned by FB, any mention of men's libido will get cut...sigh.  We just have our new batch delivered, twice the previous order as we are prepared to do more via IG, KOLs and establish links with EBay and Amazon. Plus after the feedbacks, we have redesigned the pill to be easy to swallow with a coating to mask the bitterness.

I highly recommend men above 40 to at least try it and they will thank me later. You gain back 10-15 years in functionality. It is not a libido pill per se (although it helps a lot there), why we age .. when we start to lose muscle mass, you get droopy skin around the neck and arms. When your testosterone is low any sports/body building will not translate to muscles. Thats why body builders pump their body with artificial testosterone to keep it at above 25/30 so that all the work translates to muscles.

While I hate to focus on the men's libido angle, that's what most of my friends would ask. Let's just say I gained back 10-15 years in terms of libido and functionality. Heck, even morning glories came back and even wet dreams (remember that).

Recovery, strength... if you smoke and drink, you will find it harder to recover the next day. AS will be of big help. At times I am out drinking almost 4-5x a week, no issue, can still wake up at 8.30am to watch the markets.


Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Research On Tongkat Ali

What is Tongkat Ali?

Please click on the blue links or enclosed numbered links for links to proper research document.
Eurycoma longifolia, commonly known as Tongkat Ali, long jack, or Malaysian ginseng, is a plant found in the Malaysian rainforest [1].
It is best known for its ability to enhance libidotestosterone levels, erectile function, sexual performance, and fertility in men, giving it the name “Malaysia’s home-grown Viagra” [2].
However, this plant also has a variety of other benefits including:
  • Promoting bone formation [3]
  • Increasing muscle strength and athletic performance [4]
  • Improving physical and mental energy levels and overall quality of life [56]
  • Reducing anxiety and stress [4]
  • Anticancer effects [7]
  • Antimicrobial and antifungal effects [8]
  • Antiulcer effects [9]
  • Antioxidant effects [10]
  • Lowering blood sugar [11]


The stem and root extracts of the Eurycoma longifolia plant contain:
  • Quassinoids (e.g., eurycomaoside, eurycomanone, pasakbumin-B): These compounds have anticancer, antiparasitic, and antiulcer effects [12, 912].
  • Alkaloids, which have anticancer and antibacterial properties [131114].

Mechanism of Action

Tongkat Ali
 increases testosterone levels by [154]:
  • Stimulating the production of testosterone from pregnenolone and 17-OH-pregnenolone
  • Blocking aromatase, the enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogens
Tongkat Ali helps with male osteoporosis by [16]:
  • Stimulating bone cell growth (via testosterone)
  • Increasing the activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP), an enzyme that plays a role in the development of bones and teeth
  • Enhancing the deposition and mineralization of collagen
Tongkat Ali helps with cancer by [121718]:
  • Inhibiting tumor growth and progression (by inhibiting NF-κB)
  • Promoting cancer cell death
Tongkat Ali improves gut health by [9]:
  • Reducing excess stomach acid, which helps prevent ulcers

Health Benefits of Tongkat Ali

1) Tongkat Ali May Increase Testosterone

A 5-week pilot study of 25 seniors found that Tongkat Ali increased testosterone levels and muscle strength in both men and women [19].
Tongkat Ali supplementation also increased testosterone levels in a 4-week study of 76 men with hypogonadism (an impaired function of the testes) [6].
However, in a 15-week study (DB-RCT) of 13 recreational athletes, Tongkat Ali did not increase testosterone levels in the urine, prompting the researchers to conclude that it does not breach the International Olympic Committee doping policies [20].
Tongkat Ali significantly increased testosterone levels in rats [21].

2) Tongkat Ali Improves Male Fertility

A 12-week study (DB-RCT) of 109 men (ages 30 to 55) found that Tongkat Ali increased sperm motility and semen volume compared to placebo [5].
In another 9-month study of 75 males with infertilityTongkat Ali supplements improved semen volume, sperm concentration, sperm motility, and sperm quality, thereby enhancing fertility [1].
Studies in rats also showed that Tongkat Ali reversed the inhibitory effects of estrogen on testosterone production and increased sperm production, count, concentration, motility, and vitality [222123].

3) Tongkat Ali Improves Male Sexual Health

A 12-week study (DB-RCT) in 109 men found that Tongkat Ali increased libido and improved erectile function compared to placebo [5].
Similarly, a 12-week study (DB-RCT) of 26 men found that a freeze-dried water Tongkat Ali supplement improved sexual performance and increased the hardness and duration of erection[24].
Tongkat Ali also enhanced libido, sexual arousal, and performance in healthy, impotent, castrated, and old male rats, and middle-aged mice [252627282930].

4) Tongkat Ali May Enhance Muscle Strength

Tongkat Ali supplements increased muscle strength in both men and women in a 5-week pilot study of 25 seniors [19].
Similarly, in a 5-week pilot study of 14 healthy men, Tongkat Ali increased muscle strength and size and improved athletic performance [31].

5) Tongkat Ali May Promote Weight Loss

Tongkat Ali reduced fat mass, waist circumference, and hip size compared to placebo in a 12-week study (DB-RCT) of 109 men [5].
Another (pilot) study in 14 healthy men showed that Tongkat Ali supplements increased muscle strength and size while decreasing body fat after 5 weeks [31].
Tongkat Ali also reduced body weight and belly fat in mice. However, it did not affect the weight of the internal organs [21].

6) Tongkat Ali May Treat Male Osteoporosis

Tongkat Ali strengthens bones by [3]:
  • Increasing testosterone levels
  • Stimulating the production of osteoblasts, or bone-forming cells
  • Triggering the death of cells that break down bone tissue (osteoclasts)
  • Decreasing bone loss and preserving bone mass
Thus, it may be used for male osteoporosis treatment.
In the lab, Tongkat Ali activated the production of bone-building proteins (such as BMP-2, RUNX-2, and OCN), which increases bone formation [1632].
Tongkat Ali also prevented calcium loss in the bones of castrated male rats with osteoporosis [3334].
However, in another study, Tongkat Ali did not restore testosterone levels and bone volume in the castrated rats with osteoporosis [35].

7) Tongkat Ali May Combat Cancer

Tongkat Ali prevented the growth of subcutaneous (under the skin) tumors in mice [36].
Lab studies found that Eurycoma longifolia (the plant that Tongkat Ali originates from) contains specific compounds (quassinoids) that prevent cancer cell growth and progression [12171836].
Other cell-based studies found that Tongkat Ali was effective against various types of cancers including leukemia, and lung and breast cancers. However, it only showed moderate effectiveness against gut cancer [737].

8) Tongkat Ali May Reduce Stress And Anxiety

A 4-week study on 63 moderately stressed people showed that Tongkat Ali root extract reduced stress hormone (cortisol) levels, tension, anger, and confusion [15].
Tongkat Ali also reduced the frequency of fighting episodes and increased exploratory behavior in mice [38].

9) Tongkat Ali May Enhance the Immune System

In a 4-week study (DB-RCT) of 83 subjects, Tongkat Ali supplements increased T cells, CD4+ T cells, and naïve T cell numbers, which enhanced overall immune function [39].

10) Tongkat Ali May Reduce Blood Sugar

Tongkat Ali reduced blood sugar levels in diabetic rats [40].

11) Tongkat Ali May Decrease Blood Pressure

In rats, Tongkat Ali widened blood vessels, which lowered blood pressure [41].

12) Tongkat Ali Decreases Pain And Inflammation

In the lab, Tongkat Ali exhibited antioxidant (free radical scavenging) and anti-inflammatoryproperties [10].

13) Tongkat Ali May Combat Bacteria

Tongkat Ali inhibited the growth of harmful bacteria in the lab (such as SalmonellaE. coli, staph, and typhoid-causing bacteria) [42R].

14) Tongkat Ali May Fight Parasites

In the lab, Tongkat Ali inhibited the growth of Blastocystis sp, a parasite that causes intestinal problems [43].
Another lab study showed that Tongkat Ali inhibited the growth of Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite causing toxoplasmosis [44].
This is likely due to its content of quassinoids, compounds that exhibit anti-parasitic properties by inhibiting parasitic growth, movement, and reproduction [12].
These compounds are also toxic to Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite responsible for malaria[454647].

15) Tongkat Ali Has Antiulcer Properties

Tongkat Ali contains quassinoids (eurycomanone and pasakbumin-B), which prevent ulcers by reducing excess stomach acid [9].
Tongkat Ali reduced the severity of alcohol-induced stomach injuries in rats [48].

Andropause Succor - My Story

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