Updated: Nov 5
A comprehensive safety review of heavy metals found in Yellow, Red, Black Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah is an important aspect of ensuring the quality and safety of these herbal supplements. Heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury, can potentially pose health risks when present in excessive amounts. Here's a brief overview of each heavy metal, its potential health implications and where it's normally found at:
Lead: Lead is a neurotoxin that can affect the nervous system and cognitive function, particularly in children. Even low levels of lead exposure can have adverse effects. Adults who are exposed to lead suffer long-term consequences, such as an elevated risk of hypertension, heart issues, and kidney damage. Pregnant women who are exposed to elevated levels of lead may experience low birth weight, early delivery, miscarriage, and stillbirth. (Food sources that contains lead (Pb): chocolate, peas, cannabis, sweet potatoes, and mustard greens)
Cadmium: Cadmium is known to be carcinogenic and can harm various organs, including the kidneys. Long-term exposure to cadmium through air, water, soil, and food leads to cancer and organ system toxicity such as skeletal, urinary, reproductive, cardiovascular, central and peripheral nervous, and respiratory systems. (Food sources that contains cadmium (Cd): cereals and cereal products, vegetables, nuts and pulses, starchy roots or potatoes, and meat)
Arsenic: Arsenic is a naturally occurring element but can be toxic in its inorganic form. Chronic exposure to high levels of arsenic affects the cardiovascular system, altering myocardial depolarization and causing cardiac arrhythmias and hypertension in some populations. (Food sources that contains arsenic (As): seafood, rice, rice cereal (and other rice products), mushrooms, poultry, apples, carrots, leafy greens)
Mercury: Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal that can accumulate in the body over time. Chronic exposure to mercury, especially in its organic form (methylmercury), can lead to neurological and developmental issues and result in damage to the gastrointestinal tract, the nervous system, and the kidneys. (Food sources that contains mercury (Hg): fish & other seafood, non-alcoholic beverages and composite food)
Generally most plant-based herbs take up both nutrients and minerals from the soil including heavy metals. It's a natural occurrence of the nature's growing process including root and plant herbs like Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah, which grows in the wild rainforests.
When consuming food source from nature, there are many ways to reduce the dangers associated with heavy metals that comes with it. To make sure the levels of heavy metals are within safe boundaries, it's crucial that you consult the relevant Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah manufacturer for a heavy metal report from a certified lab. Any certified manufacturer that is in compliance with safety standards set by regulatory authorities and health organisations should provide transparent information about the heavy metal content of their products. It's important for consumers to be informed and cautious about the permissible safety limits of these heavy metals and to choose Tongkat Ali & Kacip Fatimah supplements from reputable brands that rigorously test their products for heavy metal content to ensure the supplements meet the safety criteria and are safe for consumption.
The good news is that at Ayu Flores Malayan Herbals is licensed with a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification and is registered with the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), which mandates that manufacturers test their pharmaceutical products on a regular basis to guarantee consumer safety. Any product application must undergo two to three years of rigorous screening in order to be certified under NPRA. Under the Malaysian Ministry of Health, the NPRA is in charge of all pharmaceutical-related prescriptions and dispensations made in the country. Due to Ayu Flores Malayan Herbals' NPRA certification, all of our Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah products have undergone safety testing to ensure they are fit for human consumption. This ensures that the standards and quality of all our Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah products are safe and of the highest quality for consumption.
Below are the reports on the heavy metal test conducted in 2023 on Ayu Flores Malayan Herbals Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah supplements.
Yellow Tongkat Ali Heavy Metal Chart
Red Tongkat Ali Heavy Metal Chart
Black Tongkat Ali Heavy Metal Chart
Kacip Fatimah Heavy Metal Chart
Is Tongkat Ali & Kacip Fatimah from Malaysia safe and of high quality?
Harvesting Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah from the deep, wild rainforests ensures lower levels of heavy metals due to the soil being situated further from mining operations and human habitation which reduces the danger of environmental contamination and pollutants.
Premium Malaysian Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah are best found in the dense jungles of Pahang, Sabah and Sarawak, where the rainforests are documented to be older than their Amazon counterparts, reaching up to 130 million years old.
According to a recent study done in 2023 by the Faculty of Industrial Sciences & Technology, University Malaysia Pahang, less than 0.1 parts per billion for lead, cadmium and arsenic and 0.005 parts per million of mercury were found in Tongkat Ali roots collected from the Malaysian state of Perak. This is well below the threshold recommended by WHO/FDA and meets the safety requirements established by the Malaysian Ministry of Health's National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), a government organisation.
To date, all of Ayu Flores Malayan Herbals Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah raw roots and leaves are harvested from the deep, wild jungles of Pahang and Sabah, which hosts the oldest rainforests in Malaysia. Evident from the heavy metal reports above, our brand of Tongkat Ali & Kacip Fatimah products conforms to the safety standards guidelines established by the Ministry of Health Malaysia and the Malaysian Standards MS2409 and it is considered safe for consumption.
Ref: Comparison of heavy metals in Yellow, Red, Black Tongkat Ali & Kacip Fatimah