|It does not always take a pill to effectively manage your stress levels. Don't forget to take your well-deserved timeouts - from work and workouts and use a hot bath to "pre-regenerate" (learn more)|
"Our employers produce supplements that work!"
In their recently conducted study, Shawn M Talbott, Julie A Talbott, Annie George and Mike Pugh, of who have all ties (either as employers or sponsors) with the supplement business, found that the administration of 200mg/day of a standardized hot water extract from Eurycoma Longifolia to 63 subjects (32 men and 31 women) had statistically significant beneficial effects on the subjects' psychological
20x higher doses of TA produced impressive changes in body composition in rodents (read more)
- anger (−12%), and
- confusion (−15%)
- reduced cortisol exposure (−16%) and
- increased testosterone status (+37%).
TA group and 1 subject in the placebo group reported feeling unusually fatigued during the first two weeks) and did not produce any changes in the usual markers of hepatic toxicity (ALT; AST).
Putting the results into an unsponsored perspective
|The time-course of serum T-levels in users of real gear vs. those who use natty test boosters will have significant effects on the net gains (learn more)|
Actually, this is a result which should not surprise you, if you read my various comments on the usefulness / real world effect of moderate changes in the cortisol / testosterone profile on body composition and/or athletic performance (e.g. "Quantifying 'The Big T' - Do increases of testosterone, which are well within the physiological range matter?"; read more).
Moreover, a closer look at all psychological / mood parameters that were accessed, reveals that that the "[m]ood state parameters showed mixed results" with "no effect" being observed "between supplementation groups for indices of Depression, Vigor, or Fatigue [sic!]" (Talbott. 2013).
|If you follow the "Three Simple Rules of Sensible Supplementation" this will not just save you tons of money, it will also avoid that your breakfast is ever going to look like this. This is not the breakfast of a champion, it's the breakfast of a complete moron who disregards the first, and probably all other rules of "sensible supplementation" (img consumersearch)|
For people with low-normal testosterone levels, it may still make sense to do a test-run although previous studies would suggest that more than the 200mg/day used in the study at hand will be necessary to elicit noticeable physiological effects, the low dosage could well have psychological benefits. Just don't buy a whole batch and follow the "Three Simple Rules of Sensible Supplementation" (specifically those listed under principle #3) when you insist on giving long jack a try.
- Talbott SM, Talbott JA, George A, Pugh M. Effect of Tongkat Ali on stress hormones and psychological mood state in moderately stressed subjects. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2013 May 26;10(1):28.
- van Anders SM. Chewing gum has large effects on salivary testosterone, estradiol, and secretory immunoglobulin A assays in women and men. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2010 Feb;35(2):305-9.