Why you should not believe eBay feedback


eBay is a valid trade platform for items, of which the buyer can check the quality.

Second-hand bicycles. New leather boots. 1910 editions of certain books. Antique typewriters.

There isn't much danger of fakes circulating on the above-listed items.

But tongkat ali from suspicious sources? A buyer cannot determine what is in the purchase, and what is not. I understand that many regular eBay buyers look at the transaction feedback. But this is highly misleading. Because those who forge tongkat ali extract and sell it on eBay will also manipulate feedback. This is how it's done:

1. Create a ring of eBay accounts. This can be done either by one person directly setting up several accounts, or as a circle of different traders.

2. Include a number of cheapish items, such as sunglasses or fashion jewelry.

3. Do a number of sale transactions between the various eBay accounts. Let Paypal and eBay collect their minimal commissions.

4. Now the "buyer" has the opportunity to leave "certified feedback". The "buyer" leaves feedback which is generic, meaning that it is not specific to tongkat ali. Comments can be of the following style: "Excellent eBayer. Great service, fast shipping. Highly recommended." or "Product as promised, will buy again."

5. After the feedback was assembled, the scammer will take out the cheapish stuff and change all content offered for sale to their expensive tongkat ali fakes.

The purpose of this strategy is to con potential buyers who will shell out hundreds or thousands of dollar to buy imitation tongkat ali, simply based on manipulated feedback.

I warn against buying tongkat ali from eBay sellers, unless the buyer will clearly indicate the manufacturer, and unless the manufacturer confirms that the seller is legitimate.


Tongkat ali inhibits aromatase and phosphodiesterase


Recent research has now explained how tongkat ali (scientific name: Eurycoma longifolia) has the double benefit of making sex better and increasing muscle mass. The trick is achieved by tongkat ali inhibiting the action of two enzymes, aromatase and phosphodiesterase.

A proper scientific study can be read here:

Eurycomanone, the major quassinoid in Eurycoma longifolia root extract increases spermatogenesis by inhibiting the activity of phosphodiesterase and aromatase in steroidogenesis

Steroidogenesis is the body's own production of testosterone.

Scientific studies are often no easy texts, even for intelligent people, if they are not specifically educated in the field of the particular research. But there is no way around scientific studies. Any claims towards pharmaceutical action that are not supported by scientific studies are likely just bullshit.

Any I view it as one of my tasks to refer to scientific research and elaborate on its impacts.

Scientifically minded bodybuilders know very well that aromatase is an enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen. Testosterone builds muscle, and estrogen builds breasts while inhibiting muscle growth.

Because aromatase converts testosterone into estrogen, a potential side effect of anabolic steroids is gynecomastia, the development of female breast tissue in men. Among bodybuilders, this is simply called gyno.

Some bodybuilders take anabolic steroids, others don't. There is no doubt that anabolic steroids have a dramatic effect on muscle mass. They also have side effects, which is why they are prescription drugs. And gyno is one of these side effects.

To combat the side effects of anabolic steroids, scientifically minded bodybuilders have been taking tongkat ali extract alongside anabolic steroids for many years. The scientific study referred to above indicates that they got it right.

And it's not just that tongkat ali inhibits aromatase. It also stops another enzyme unwanted by modern men: phosphodiesterase

Phosphodiesterase is what reduces the manliness of men of advancing age. It makes them infertile and impotent. Viagra and Cialis are common phosphodiesterase inhibitors, and by inhibiting phosphodiesterase, these drugs allow even old men to continue to have erections. Not only erections, but also children. Because phosphodiesterase not only interferes with erections but also shuts down sperm production and shrinks testicles. And tongkat ali, by inhibiting phosphodiesterase and aromatase, does it all: build muscle, increase sexual desire, improve erectile function, heighten sexual joy, and amend fertility. And for all these benefits, tongkat ali itself is largely free of side effects. If the tongkat ali is genuine, that is.

90 percent of what is sold as tongkat ali is actually tribulus terrestris, or Chinese white powders blended with tribulus terrestris, usually in Singapore.

I find it just amazing how willing people are to send money to some eBay or Amazon sellers who sell shit and claim it's tongkat ali, without any reference to the source of their product, and even without a single tongkat ali photo.

My advice is: buy a genuine, government-approved tongkat ali extract, or just go without tongkat ali.

Genuine tongkat ali extract, sure, is not cheap, but it's worth its costs for those who can afford it.


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