The plant Eurycoma Longifolia is a native to Indonesia and Malaysia. This plant is known for its extremely bitter nature. Most of the countries refer to this plant as the ‘bitter medicine’. Since several years, people have been using parts of this plant for a variety of medical purposes such as antidiabetic, antimalarial, antimicrobial, aphrodisiac etc. Researchers have found that supplements prepared from this plant can boost the sperm count and quality in men. This plant is also used for treating diseases such as cancer and tuberculosis. Since this plant is good for overall health, native Malaysians add this to their food and drink, especially coffee.
A popular aphrodisiac
Eurycoma longifolia is also known as Long Jack. Several clinical studies to test the aphrodisiac effects of long jack have been conducted till date. Both the female and male rats have shown evidence to prove that long jack might be the most effective aphrodisiac supplement among other herbs gaining popularity now. This plant has been found to possess a chemical compound called 9-hydroxycanthin-6-one. This chemical compound can bring about a delay in ejaculation as well as penile erection in men making it a great supplement for men with sexual disorders.
For cancer treatment
This plant, also known as Long Jack, Tongkat Ali and Malaysian Ginseng is also known to display anti cancerous properties. The same chemical compound 9-hydroxycanthin-6-one has also been proved to show anti-neoplastic nature. Neoplasm refers to abnormal growth of any tissue in the body, commonly referred to as tumor. A neoplasm has the tendency to spread to neighboring tissues by proliferation of neoplastic cells. The chemical compound 9-hydroxycanthin-6-one can act as an inhibitor of cell proliferation. Therefore, long jack supplements can prove effective in preventing growth of cancer.
Anti-estrogen and pro-testosterone effects
Eurycoma longifolia, also known as Long Jack has been found to influence the levels of a few hormones in both men and women. The threat of breast cancer is fast increasing among women. Estrogen is an important hormone produced by the ovaries. This hormone has been proved to enable growth of cancer cells. Therefore, reducing estrogen levels is a standard way of treating breast cancer in women. Tamoxifen is a drug usually prescribed against breast cancer. Long jack has been found to show anti-estrogen effects similar to Tamoxifen. Similarly, the effects of this plant in increasing testosterone production in men have also been proved. Testosterone is a male hormone produced by the testicles. This hormone is not only important for the sex drive of men but also decides their overall well-being. By taking long jack supplements, the problems associated with decreased testosterone levels can be treated.
Eurycoma longifolia, also known as Long Jack is also used in antimalarial treatment. Plasmodium falciparum is a parasite capable of causing malaria in human beings. When scientists analyzed the effects of long jack extract against Plasmodium falciparum strains, they discovered the plant to possess a few chemical compounds capable of rendering antimalarial effects. Apart from these properties, Long jack is also consumed for better growth of muscles and for a healthy heart.