Little health benefits in tongkat ali drinks

THERE is too little tongkat ali herb extract in most coffee products to enable such drinks to have any health benefits or extra nutrition as claimed by their manufacturers.  

Berita Harian, in its front-page report yesterday, said a Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) study on 10 popular tongkat ali coffee brands revealed that seven of them contained only 0.25% to 1.6% of the herbal extract and was not sufficient to benefit one’s health.  

Its medicinal plants programme director Dr Rasadah Mat Ali said the active content of tongkat ali in the drink, which was only between 0.0039% and 0.0246% (7.8nanogram to 49.3ng), was far too low for it to be beneficial.  

The average human being who wanted to get nutrients from tongkat ali needed to take at least 1mg of its active ingredient for every kilo of body weight or not exceeding 3mg for every kilo of body weight daily.  

The Malay daily said that for example, if a person weighed 80kg, he would have to take a minimum of 80mg tongkat ali extract daily to enjoy its benefits.  

Dr Rasadah was quoted as saying that another three brands tested by FRIM failed to show any content of the extract. 

> Utusan Malaysia quoted Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim as saying that Merdeka Stadium would be declared as national heritage by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Aug 31.  

The stadium, he said, was the most valuable heritage and it was only appropriate that it be given the “national heritage” status on that date.  

He clarified that his ministry had never considered dropping Merdeka Stadium as a national heritage but instead had special plans for it, adding that the declaration would be done in a spectacular ceremony.  

> Popular singer Mawi has denied being addicted to drugs after he was alleged to have asked an acquaintance to get some of the substance for him during a holiday with fans in Australia, Harian Metro reported. 

He is alleged to have asked for the drugs, saying he was shivering. 

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