Shilajit is a truly amazing substance that could have only arisen from the sophisticated craftsmanship of nature. The combination of organic trace minerals, humic and fulvic acids, amino acids, carbon-60, plant-based antioxidants and many more beneficial organic acids sets it apart from any other trace minerals supplement.
Only inside Shilajit will you find such a perfect integration of pristine essential nutrients in balanced ratios which your body can easily absorb, making it one of the best natural supplements of all time!
Ag has potent antimicrobial effects and has long been used to treat wounds, burns and infections. **
blood cell function, protein and enzyme synthesis
Fe (in balance) contributes to enhanced energy levels due to helping both oxygen and electron transport in the body. It is one of the best medicines for those with anemia or who have suffered blood loss. **
collagen link formation, toned muscles, bone health
Si may improve skin, hair and nail growth through collagen synthesis. It has also been shown to reduce Al toxicity, improve Alzheimer's Disease symptoms, boost immune function, remineralise bones and improve arterial health. **
metabolism, blood sugar control
Cr enhances insulin action, which helps to control blood sugar levels especially for diabetics. It also aids in metabolism, possibly lowering weight gain and digestive problems. **
Sr has been proven to improve bone mineral density and reduce fractures in those with osteoporosis, however it also has unwarranted side effects. In Shilajit, Strontium is found in minute amounts, chelated and rendered inert. **
Electrolyte, Nerve Signaling, Cell Function
Na - in balanced proportion as found in Shilajit - is required for optimal cellular health, nutrient intake, heart health, balanced blood pressure, muscle contractions and hydration. **
Immune Function, growth, development, healing, DNA synthesis
Zn is crucial for overall health and vitality. Benefits include wound healing, enhanced immune function, heightened energy levels, better metabolism, improved sexual function, healthy cholesterol profile, removing heavy metals and reducing free radical damage. It also enhances your sense of taste and smell. **
Cell Function, DNA synthesis, Biochemical reactions
Mg improves the health status for every cell in the body. It is known to reduce stress, balance blood sugar levels, improve cognition, aid muscle tone, mitigate migraines, stabilize the heart beat, aid easy breathing, improve mood, possibly reduce kidney stone and cataract formation, and so much more! **
enzyme production, metabolism
Mo indirectly helps to boost energy, remove toxins, prevent DNA mutations and enhance overall cell function due to its essential role in enzyme production. Some data suggests it may prevent neurological conditions too. **
fat metabolism, hormonal activity, urea synthesis
Health benefits of Ni in humans has not been established, yet it has been shown to improve growth, blood cell production and metabolism in animals. Recent data reveal how it benefits probiotic bacteria in our gut, possibly aiding gut health. **
hormone function, cholesterol production, sugar metabolism
Organic V lowers high blood sugar levels, mimics the effects of insulin and increases 'good' HDL cholesterol. Other research indicates that organic V induces apoptosis in cancer cells. **
Biochemical reactions, blood cell function, nutrient transport
Cu helps to maintain energy levels, reduce free radicals, ensure a healthy heart and brain, as well as improve growth of all tissues including hair, skin and nails. **
Electrolyte, Heart Beat, Nerve Signaling
K has a positive effect on all our cells, improving their function. It reduces blood pressure, stress, kidney stone formation, bone calcium loss as well as improves blood sugar levels, heart health, and nerve synapses. **
Cell Function, bone health, enzymes and hormones
Ca helps to balance cellular fluids as well as improve bone and heart health, skin and muscle tone, nutrient transport, weight distribution and overall vitality. **
red blood and nerve cell function, enzyme activation
Co is the main component of B12, which fights anemia, enhances the nervous system, activates enzymes and produces proteins, amino acids and neurotransmitters. **
Ga was shown to destroy tumors and inhibit their growth. It displays antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as helps to correct excessive levels of Ca and prevent bone mineral density loss in those with osteoporosis. **
Au has been shown to slow down the progression of tumors and rheumatoid arthritis. It is known to dramatically reduce inflammation, destroy synovial fibroblasts, reduce arthritic erosion and cause cancer cells to die off. **
Enzyme and hormone production, energy, antioxidant
Mn helps reduce cholesterol, boosts energy, protects against free radicals, improves bone health and possibly lowers blood pressure. It also promotes optimal growth and development. **
Preliminary research suggests that water-soluble Ti improves wound healing, enhances cell membranes, regenerates tissues, boosts athletic performance and lowers stress. **
Amino Acid, serotonin (tryptophan), sugar, organic acids and vitamin metabolism, energy production
Alanine boosts energy, lowers cholesterol, increases endurance, speeds metabolism and enhances cognition especially after strenuous exercise. **
Amino Acid, blood pressure and immune regulation
Arginine helps to lower blood pressure, speed recovery time, removes ammonia from the body, improves fertility, enhances growth, reduces insulin sensitivity, encourages weight loss and improves muscle tone. It improves the health of the liver, heart, kidneys, gut, brain and reproductive organs. **
Amino Acid, urea production, DNA metabolism, neurotransmitter, amino acid synthesis
Aspartic Acid is usually toxic when supplemented with; however, in the balanced proportions found in Shilajit, Aspartic Acid will enhance the synthesis of other amino acids, increasing their health benefits. It may also help to reduce weight. **
Amino acid, collagen, antioxidant and protein synthesis, metabolism, energy
Cysteine boosts energy, has antioxidant properties, reduces inflammation, is required for metabolism, increases hormone production, speeds wound healing and tissue growth. It also enhances the effects of silver, zinc and other amino acids, as well as promotes healthy skin and muscle tone through collagen synthesis. **
Amino acid, cellular metabolism, cognition, DNA synthesis
In balanced amounds, Glutamic Acid acts as a neurotransmitter and enhances cognition, memory and neuroplasticity. It aids potassium transport, lowers inflammation and reduces blood pressure. Certain forms of glutamic acid have antitumor properties. **
Amino acid, DNA, collagen, antioxidant and fatty acid synthesis, energy production, nerve cell function
In balanced amounts, Glycine has multiple health benefits including higher energy levels, lowering inflammation, protecting cells, tissues and organs from damage, improving arthritis symptoms, reducing free radical acitivity, enhancing growth, speeding up wound healing and may reduce risk of heart attacks. **
Amino acid, immune function, digestion, reproductivity, antioxidant, nerve cell function, blood cell production
Histidine protects cells against heavy metals, radiation and free radical damage. It can lower inflammation, improve energy levels, fight fatigue, improve arthritis, anemia, metabolic and kidney disease symptoms, lower insulin resistance, aid weight loss, reduce anxiety and improve digestion for those with bowel disorders. It may also improve symptoms of neurological disorders like Schizophrenia. **
Amino acid, protein and energy synthesis, metabolism, growth, tissue repair, blood sugar regulation
Leucine improves overall health and is found in all cells of living organisms everywhere. Benefits include quick wound healing, enhanced growth and muscle building, lowered stress levels, heightened energy levels, improved motor control, easier weight loss (when exercising), less weight gain, improved fat metabolism, increased insulin release and stable blood sugar levels. **
Amino acid, nutrient absorption, growth, tissue repair, cellular function, DNA and antioxidant synthesis
In balanced amounts, Methionine enhances growth, speeds wound healing, improves health of hair, skin and nails, enhances the absorption of zinc and selenium, extends lifespan, boosts immune function, reduces excess fat in the liver and protects against inflammation as well as damage caused by free radicals. **
Amino acid, tissue growth and repair, immune regulation, protein metabolism
Lysine speeds up wound healing and recovery time, boosts the immunes response, and reduces stress and anxiety. High lysine combined with low arginine is known to kill off Herpes Sinplex Virus and ameliorate shingles. **
Amino acid, collagen, amino acid and protein synthesis, tissue repair, joint and tendon function, immune function, metabolism
Proline helps keep skin, joints, muscles and tendons healthy by improving collagen and cartilege synthesis. Other benefits include enhanced immune function, antioxidant protection, enhanced metabolism of nutrients (due to producing other amino acids), increased energy levels, fast wound healing and improved growth. **
Amino acid, DNA, protein and amino acid synthesis, cell membrane integrity, fat metabolism, muscle growth, immune function
Serine enhances brain function, growth of all cells, wound healing, immune function and overall cellular function. It can also increase energy levels, protect the brain from damage, potentially aid weight loss, indirectly lowers inflammation and free radical release. **
Amino acid, collagen, enamel and elastin synthesis, fat metabolism, immune function
In balanced amounts, Threonine promotes organ growth and strengthens the immune system. It's benefits include increased brain function, less weight gain, reduced pain and inflammation in the gut, decreased anxiety, improved mood and reduced motor impairment and spasticity in patients with neurological conditions. **
Amino acid, protein, hormone and neurotransmitter synthesis
Tyrosine helps to create thyroid hormones, melanin as well as balancing stress levels, boosting overall body function and skin protection. Other benefits include reduced pain intensity, improved mood, heightened cognition and reduced blood pressure. **
Amino acid, stimulant, growth, tissue repair, nerve function, energy
Valine is known to boost energy levels, build muscles, enhance cognition, reduce stress, improve mood, increase lifespan and protect the liver. Other benefits include faster wound healing, growth and recovery time. **
Benzoic acids are found prolifically throughout nature in plants, animals and bacteria. In high concentrations, they can be toxic; however, in Shilajit, they are found in balanced proportions and possibly add to Shilajit's antimicrobial benefits. **
Carbon-60 includes many benefits including inflammation reduction, powerful free radical scavenging and greatly elevating energy levels. In studies on rats, it lengthened lifespan by up to 90%. **
Cellular metabolite, antioxidant, energy production
The main benefit of Dibenzo-alpha-pyrones is rapidly enhanced energy production, giving rise to twice as much energy production at a faster rate than normal. They also have antioxidant, antimicrobial and antiallergic properties. **
Macronutrient, metabolism, cellular function, hormone signalling, nerve health
Fatty acids have a large variety of benefits for the body, being needed for cell growth, metabolism and more. Specifically our nervous system benefits from fatty acids, as each neuron is protected by a thick layer of fat that helps the cell to function. Fatty acids also give us more energy. **
Blood metabolite, urea formation
Hippuric acids are normally by-products of waste, however they are also known to display antimicrobial properties. Some data suggests that Hippuric acids can dissolve kidney and bladder stones, remove toxins from the body and that higher amounts are associated with a healthier microbiome and reduced metabolic disorder symptoms. **
Organic acid, electrolyte, nutrient transport, antioxidant, metal chelation
Fulvic acid has numerous benefits including enhancing nutrient absorption, rendering toxins inert, lowering inflammation and rebalancing cellular fluids as an electrolyte would. It also improves gut health by allowing probiotic bacteria to flourish at the right pH. **
Organic acid, metal chelation, antioxidant
Humic acids have multiple benefits including reducing inflammation, fighting off pathogens, speeding up wound healing, improving gut health and decreasing free radical release. These acids also chelate heavy metals, rendering them inert while removing them from the body. **
Plant-based hormones, antioxidant
Phenolic steroids are plant-based versions of hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, which usually go hand-in-hand with other antioxidant phenolic compounds. In balanced amounts as found in Shilajit they display numerous health benefits, including increasing the amount of sex hormones, improving antioxidant status and protecting cells from oxidative stress. **
Fatty acid, cellular function, metabolism, cell signalling
Phospholipids are types of fatty acid that are highly bioavailable, enhancing cellular function faster than other types of fats. Known benefits include reducing pharmaceutical side effects, lowering inflammation, preventing the growth and spread of cancer, causing tumor cells to die off, lowering 'bad' LDL cholesterol and enhancing cognition plus brain function. **
Cellular metabolite, energy production
Phosphoric anhydrides are dehydrated phosphoric acids, which are a class of cellular metabolites with antimicrobial properties. ATP, the main molecules used to create energy, is a derivatve of phosphoric acid and naturally enhances energy production in all cells. In Shilajit, the amounts of phosphoric anhydride are balanced and non-toxic. **
Precursor to pregnenolone, androgen, hormone regulation
Pregnane is needed to produce pregnenolone, a hormone that gets depleted in everyone as they age. Pregnenolone benefits include overall hormonal balance, lower stress levels, enhanced metabolism, improved growth, enhanced cholesterol regulation and incites apoptosis in breast and prostate cancer cells. **
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When skin is wounded, the body initiates an immune response which generates inflammation, neutrophils (specific white blood cells), growth factors and platelets12. While the skin cells begin to regenerate, the immune system works to identify and contain all foreign matter and damaged tissues (via deploying antibodies) before cleverly removing them from the body.
Shilajit is rich in more than 10 amino acids, which are necessary for growth factors, a healthy immune system and the rebuilding of cells13. It also provides other trace minerals the skin needs for repair, such as zinc14, copper and magnesium15; as well as assisting with the absorption of dietary Vitamins which aid both skin and immune function16.
Silicon and other minerals mentioned in the above section also promote healthy skin collagen synthesis and promote skin elasticity17. Moreover, Shilajit is known to aid in antibody production, removing toxins from the body and also confers antibacterial effects18, all of which help the immune system to better deal with a skin breech. Multiple clinical trials confirm the effectiveness of Shilajit in wound healing too, speeding recovery by a minimum of 1.5 times19. Bruises and burns are similar to wounds in that tissues become damaged and need repair.
In terms of boosting skin vitality, here are some additional nutrients in Shilajit that are partly responsible for a gorgeous complexion:
Any deficiency in the trace minerals zinc, copper, iron and selenium plus amino acids proline, glutamine and arginine will result in an abnormal skin barrier function and lesser skin vitality24. Shilajit contains all these nutrients and more!
Mix 1 portion of shilajit with 2 portions of purified/distilled water or a cream base and apply on the problem spot twice daily. If you burnt your tongue, apply an average dose of undiluted shilajit to the burnt area, holding it there till it dissolves.
"...mumijo deserves that we keep it as a valuable tool for helping someone who breaks any bone."
Throughout the ancient history of medicine, Shilajit (aka mumijo) has been used in helping many recover from broken bones, fractures, joint dislocation and more. Biruni, Avicenna2 and other founding fathers of medicine used Shilajit in ointments, clay preparations and in combination with other herbal therapeutics - like saffron - to treat these conditions with apparently great success3.
So what does modern day medicine have to say about this? You ought to be aware by now that Shilajit is rich in trace minerals, nutrients and fulvic acid, which helps us to more easily absorb nutrients4,5. Out of these Shilajit constituents, amino acids, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Boron, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Calcium, Manganese, Silicon and Strontium are of particular interest to bone health6 as all of them are involved in the strengthening of bones and joints.
Not surprisingly, in numerous USSR-based clinical trials carried out on more than 4000 humans and hundreds of animals in the 60s and 70s, it was revealed that Shilajit reduced bone fracture recovery time by 50% on average!7 Not only was recovery time reduced, but it was observed that the bone and cartilage tissue in the damaged areas began to fully regenerate after a month of treatment. In all studies, this effect was attributed to the fact that the participants absorbed at least 2.5 times more trace minerals into their bones than control groups, who weren't given any Shilajit8,9.
Furthermore, in patients with painful neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, experimental trials show that Shilajit lowered inflammation and pain in the muscles. Interestingly, all symptoms of these patients vanished within 3-5 days with a 100% success rate!10
Combine internal and external use.
Internal: take 200mg twice or three time daily for a period of 1 month.
External: Mix 1 part Shilajit with 10-20 parts saline solution and apply with a wet cloth on the problem area. If possible, leave the cloth on the area overnight for 3-5 nights.
Shilajit has plenty of iron and copper, both of which are vital components that make up red blood cells and allow for them to transport oxygen25 and other nutrients around the body. Indeed, one of the main conditions Shilajit is used to treat in traditional medicine is anemia thanks to these nutrients and its pro-regenerative properties. Potassium is known to balance the negative effects of excessive regular table salt and pink salt intake26. Together with calcium, the heartbeat and the pressure inside and outside of cells are regulated. Maintaining optimal levels of these minerals are key factors to sustaining healthy blood pressure. Post-heart attack, it is observed that both of these nutrients, plus magnesium and zinc27, are markedly depleted in patients28.
Magnesium works very closely to maintain the balance of potassium in the body, as well as promoting "good" HDL cholesterol29. When magnesium and potassium are deficient, paired with excessive sodium consumption, cellular calcium levels also begin to rise which can eventually facilitate calcification of the arteries30. It is noted that those with atherosclerosis31, heart disease, and diabetes are highly magnesium deficient (therefore likely to also be potassium deficient), while the majority of the world population do not meet their daily requirement. Scientists estimate that people who meet their adequate nutritional requirements for zinc, calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D3 are 28% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes32.
Zinc is another Shilajit nutrient that plays a major role in regulating the heart, blood vessels, cholesterol, as well as blood sugar levels and metabolism. In controlled clinical trials involving more than 14,000 participants, it was shown that zinc significantly reduces "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Not to mention, zinc plays a priceless role in antioxidant production, carbohydrate metabolism and insulin action; therefore, having a deficit can have a detrimental effect on blood glucose levels. It is also known that zinc deficiency affects at least one third of the world's population33, especially in those who suffer from diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, angina and heart attacks34, 35.
Chromium is yet another very important trace element present inside Shilajit which has a potent effect on controlling blood sugar levels. When Chromium is present inside the body, less insulin is required for glucose metabolism!36
Take 200mg once daily for 10 days straight and see if you feel the difference.
Because Shilajit is a fantastic energizer, it was officially used by the USSR military, Olympic, and space teams. It works as a natural recovery solution after a workout and has been used to reduce physical weakness and improve stamina. As discussed above, Shilajit facilitates healthy blood circulation by providing many building blocks for healthy blood cell formation, which in turn aids better oxygen transport as well as the removal of CO2 and lactic acid from the muscles.
In an experimental trial on obese participants, it was shown that oral supplementation with Shilajit in combination with exercise induced specific gene switches that enabled fat to more easily be transformed into lean muscle tissue. The results suggest that this transformation happened faster than in subjects who exercised without taking Shilajit37. Another experimental study confirmed that Shilajit helped to maintain max muscle strength and lower fatigue in 21 men after intensive exercise38.
Shilajit also contains arginine and many other amino acids which help in building muscle mass. Arginine also directly increases the synthesis of nitric oxide in muscle tissue, which expands blood vessels and has been associated with increased energy production, better muscle function39, improved muscle glucose uptake, enhanced fat breakdown40 and improved muscle strength when taken in combination with muscle building exercise. Nitric oxide essentially speeds muscle contractions41, meaning that one will get more out of exercise if nitric oxide production is increased in the body!
Many of these minerals are also required by our mitochondria – the “powerhouse” of all cells – to make energy. One of the main minerals needed for this is Phosphorus, the main ingredient in Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), the energy storage compound. When ATP is broken down in the body, energy is released. It is also worth mentioning that ATP cannot be utilized by our cells without being bound to magnesium.
Lastly, Shilajit is loaded with electrolytes, which are known to help with post workout recovery when one breaks a real sweat. Considering it's regenerative and energy-boosting properties, it makes sense that it aids post-workout recovery.
Take an average dose of 100mg - 150mg before a workout. You may also use it during and after the exercise for additional benefits (within the recommended daily range). If you take it this way, you needn't do it daily or bother with cycling it - the body will utilize all of it during and after intensive exercise.
The minerals housed within Shilajit will not only help to bolster your immune system, but they may aid with cleansing the body as well!
Our immune system is highly dependent on the proper balance of nutrients to function at it's peak, many of which can be found in Shilajit. One example is arginine which is used by the body's innate immune system to stimulate nitric oxide synthesis in muscle tissue in an attempt to kill or slow the growth of foreign bacteria during infection42. This response causes fat to be burned up, alongside other bodily nutrient reserves, often why a virulent flu can induce weight loss and fatigue (refer to the above section for more info on nitric oxide).
Silver43, humic and fulvic acid all exhibit antimicrobial properties against pathogenic bacteria44. These results are still not as potent as taking antibiotics, which aims to annihilate ALL bacteria without remorse.
Other examples would be Manganese, Molybdenum, Iron, Zinc and Copper, which are all vital for the creation of enzymes, such as Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Glutathione and Catalase. All three of these enzymes function as the body’s primary antioxidant defence against oxidative stress and constitute a huge part of our immune system. A deficiency in them is closely associated with rapid aging. These enzymes are also essential for ameliorating toxicity and removing all toxins from your system.
Zinc in particular is known to up-regulate the production of metallothionein in the body45, a protein that the body naturally produces to remove heavy metals. There is plenty of evidence to show that fulvic acid is a master biological cleansing agent, capable of binding to and removing toxins in the soil such as free radicals and heavy metals.
Take 150 mg on an empty stomach 2-3 hours before food or use it 2-3 times daily during wet fasting or juice cleansing.
As previously mentioned, Shilajit contains trace minerals phosphorus and magnesium, both of which are utilized by the mitochondria in all cells to produce ATP - the body's source of energy. It is commonly known that for the majority of essential trace minerals, having a deficiency results in fatigue and weakness. It is also well documented in both human and animal trials that Shilajit relieves fatigue46, with this effect attributed to the fulvic acid and DBP's (dibenzo-alpha-pyrones) in it.
It remains unclear whether Shilajit has a direct effect on calming anxiety or the body's stress response. However, tyrosine is a part of it's amino acid makeup and is the precursor to dopamine, which is a precursor to norepinephrine47 (the hormone responsible for lowering levels of adrenaline, the main chemical involved in stress). Also, if the cause of anxiety is related to being chronically fatigued, experimental animal studies suggest that it may lower anxiety by having a positive effect on the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis48,49. Shilajit can also appear to have an overall calming effect, as the high magnesium and potassium content will act to relax the muscles, including the heart and smooth muscle tissue of the gut - assuming you don't get hyperactive and partake in intensive exercise!
Take 200 mg twice daily 2 hours apart from food for a period of 2 weeks, and see if it makes a difference. Avoid taking it in the 6 hrs before bedtime for the best results.
There is much clinical data from experiments conducted in Russia that prove Shilajit is great for improving digestive health in the following ways:
Historically, Shilajit has been used in the past to cure stomach ulcers, constipation and multiple other digestive disorders. The above clinical findings confirmed to the scientists what these ancient physicians already knew about Shilajit in terms of improving digestive health.
Take 250 mg before food once daily. Prior to use, mix Shilajit in a tablespoon of water. Use continuously for up to one month.
The fact that Shilajit is a life-giving and rejuvenating supplement for plants cannot be overemphasized. In studies, humic substances (such as found in Shilajit) have enhanced root and shoot growth every time50. Anyone can prove it to themselves just by applying shilajit mixed with water, to their healthy or weak plants. You’ll be amazed at the results!
There is not enough available research to show exactly what it is that makes shilajit work for all life forms. We do know, however, that as we age we accumulate damaged cells and become depleted of our overall bodily trace mineral stores, both of which contribute to our organs and tissues becoming weaker over time
While scientists are still in debate over what causes aging56, part of the cellular damage in the aging process is thought to be attributed to increased free radical damage, mitochondrial dysfunction and a lack of bodily antioxidants and protective enzymes, like glutathione, SOD and catalase57. Due to several compounding factors like difficulty with chewing food or diseases that impair nutrient uptake, elderly individuals are at a higher risk of developing nutritional deficiencies58 (especially magnesium59), which would naturally disable cells from being able to make these antioxidants, efficiently produce energy or repair themselves.
Shilajit helps our cells remain stable and healthy by optimizing nutrient absorption (thanks to fulvic acid) and by being a reservoir of many nutrients (trace minerals, DBP's and amino acids) that cells need to regenerate and function at their peak. In spite of this, don't get too excited - Shilajit will not make you immortal, but it may contribute to more graceful aging and encourage cellular longevity in elderly people who fall into the above categories.
The success of Shilajit is determined by a person's unique biochemistry and genetics, which is typically why results vary. However, we are sure that an overwhelming majority of people will find it beneficial, if not life-changing!
In animal trials, Shilajit exhibited potent nootropic effects, stimulating the release of dopamine due to the fact that it contains tyrosine (the precursor to dopamine)60. It is seen in human studies that supplementing with tyrosine helps to stimulate the balanced release of dopamine in the brain. In balanced amounts, dopamine increases our motivation, mood and cognition, improving mental activity and mental focus.
There are multiple other nutrients in Shilajit that are known to contribute to optimal functioning of nerve cells, such as iron, copper, zinc61, magnesium62, potassium, calcium, selenium, boron, chromium63, essential amino acids, fatty acids and phospholipids. If we lack any one of these important building blocks, our brain will not be able to grow new neurons as efficiently, nor be able to make as many synaptic connections. Shilajit can also aid in the metabolism of several Vitamins due to its mineral composition64, which are vital to maintaining a healthy brain65.
Take 150 mg once daily, early in the morning apart from food. Be sure to do this in a one month ON, 3 months OFF cycle for the best outcome. We recommend 10-15 minutes of meditation right after taking your shilajit for even better results!
Alcohol tends to dehydrate the body68 (disturbing electrolyte balance), deplete our stores of magnesium69, and over time can cause severe liver damage70, even resulting in liver disorders. As stated in a paper on nutrition and liver health, "poor nutrition is frequently associated with disorders of the liver"71. Shilajit will help in re-establishing bodily stores of trace minerals, including magnesium and other electrolytes; and could potentially contribute to improving liver health in a mineral-deficient person. Furthermore, in those who are nutritionally depleted in zinc and selenium, elimination of toxins may not work as efficiently72, resulting in a prolonged hangover!
Shilajit is comparable to mineral water in the context of a hangover. Mineral water enters the bloodstream faster than ordinary water, helping with rehydration and toxin elimination. Bile and digestive processes are also stimulated, which aids in the excretion of alcoholic by-products. Both Shilajit73 and mineral water have been noted to help reduce swelling and water retention, which reduces hangover headaches74.
Take 300mg Shilajit with Sparkling mineral water or Seltzer water to encourage the withdrawal symptoms to disappear faster.
As mentioned above, shilajit can help maintain healthy energy levels, muscle and heart function, blood flow and circulation, nerve cell function, hormonal release, as well as enhancing vasodilation during physical (or sexual) activity due to increased nitric oxide production. All these factors will help to sustain a healthy erection and offer more sexual stamina. Shilajit also contains favorable amounts of zinc75,76, selenium77,78,79, and magnesium80, which are vital trace minerals required for optimal fertility and sexual performance in both sexes. Furthermore, Shilajit contains pregnane, a precursor to pregnenolone and testosterone that has an effect on balancing the sex hormones which regulate our libido.
In one clinical trial performed on 60 infertile men, Shilajit had positive results, significantly increasing sperm count and motility, as well as boosting testosterone - the "male" sex hormone that is responsible for libido in both males and females. Scientists noted that Shilajit constituents were found directly inside the semen samples being observed81. Animal studies have yielded similar outcomes, revealing that Shilajit has the ability to boost fertility and sex drive.
We have had feedbacks from clients in the past about the effectiveness of Shilajit in improving erection and sexual drive. So, why not give Shilajit a try yourself and testify about its wonders?
Take 300mg of Shilajit with a small spoon of honey, once daily. Use until you feel the difference, up to 2-4 weeks. Additionally, take it with pine pollen and a small handful of walnuts (6-8 walnuts).
Regardless of anything you may have read about it, Shilajit is not known to cure or treat cancer. However, as of mid 2018 with the announcement of the medical Nobel prize, it has come to the attention of the medical science community that immune support - specifically T-cell activation (a type of lymphocyte) - can be of great benefit to those in the battle against cancer82.
"Cancer kills millions of people every year and is one of humanity’s greatest health challenges. By stimulating the inherent ability of our immune system to attack tumor cells this year’s Nobel Laureates have established an entirely new principle for cancer therapy. James P. Allison studied a known protein that functions as a brake on the immune system. He realized the potential of releasing the brake and thereby unleashing our immune cells to attack tumors. He then developed this concept into a brand new approach for treating patients."
- Press Release: The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2018
Shilajit is known to stimulate the release of immune cells, such as lymphocytes and phagocytes in both animals83 and humans84. Thanks to Shilajit's immune supportive properties and abundance of functional nutrients, it would likely make for a complementary addition to a cancer patient's diet.
According to the ancient physician Avicenna, Shilajit has the potential to literally dissolve tumors85. Only one modern study so far has backed up this observation, indicating that Shilajit is a promising agent for inhibiting the growth and spread of specific liver tumor cell lines via mitochondrial activation86. More research is needed to prove this as fact.
Wrong! Shilajit does not treat or cure any disease or condition. Just like any other nutritional supplement, it contributes to our overall vitality, health and well-being when we are nutritionally deficient. Being sick can contribute to nutritional deficiency through increased elimination of nutrients and nutritional deficiency can contribute to the onset of certain diseases (for example, vitamin C deficiency contributes to scurvy); but to say that any one nutrient will cure you is false.
Yes, Shilajit contains the precursor to Dopamine and Dopamine is often deficient in those who suffer from chronic depression; BUT this is not the underlying CAUSE of depression and therefore boosting dopamine and other nutrients will not treat the condition. Depression is a complicated mental condition that is not that well understood. Lifestyle changes, focusing on happy things, adopting a healthy diet and meditation all appear to have positive effects on those suffering from depression, yet none of these interventions (even when combined) should be mistaken for a cure, which to-date has not been found. Research is currently being done on trace minerals, like zinc87,88, as an adjunct treatment for depression, but as of yet, the data on whether they help is limited89.
Many studies indicate that Shilajit may improve sperm count and fertility in males. In the case of females however, it is not guaranteed that it will cure infertility and most of the research thus far has only been carried out on animals.
In one study, 7 out of 9 rats that were fed Shilajit began ovulating after a five-day period, as opposed to 3 out of the 9 rats that were not given any 90. This suggests it might help women with erratic periods, but the evidence is inconclusive.
In a study concerning rabbits, it was proven that Shilajit improves progesterone levels, but did not have a significant effect on other fertility parameters91. This is likely to be the reason for how it induced a higher rate of menstruation in the above study.
When put in combination with Vitamin E and Selenium however, the same rabbits had multiple more viable egg cells (with more corpus luteum) and increased sites of implantation in the uterus. During pregnancy, this combination with Shilajit also increased the size of the developing babies, the amount of placenta fluid, as well as reduced the amount of babies that died at birth.
It would seem that Shilajit may help improve female fertility in terms of hormonal balance for regulating ovulation or as a means to enhance the effects of other fertility-boosting supplements. More research needs to be carried out to assess if it can actually treat female infertility.
Bigger is not always better – in this case, less is more!
Many of the benefits of Shilajit are attributed to Fulvic Acid and because of this, companies selling Shilajit have begun adding more Fulvic Acid to their products. Now we are seeing Shilajit with “30+% fulvic acid.” These claims are misleading.
Firstly, it is known amongst the scientific community that the nature of fulvic acid is so complicated, that it is difficult to discern how much fulvic acid is in anything! If you sent the samples of the same Shilajit to multiple different labs, you would get different results every time.
Secondly, to get a fulvic acid concentrate demands the use of chemicals to extract it from a natural substance, like peat or shilajit; which tampers with the quality and alters the way that a natural fulvic acid works as a component shilajit. It is similar in the context of herbal extracts where one part is extracted to make a "nutraceutical".
This extraction makes the action a lot more potent, however it also increases the side effects of the extracted component where the original herb contains a whole host of other compounds which (more often than not) work synergistically to neutralize the side effects. In nature, you will never find fulvic acid separate from humic acid and humins; nor will you find one isolated nutrient from a fruit or vegetable in large quantities.
Extracts of fulvic acid are an entirely different product to Shilajit and are ultimately not natural or balanced. You can bet that our bodies are more adapted to ingesting naturally balanced quantities of fulvic and humic acid, which are found in healthy soils and therefore on the outer layer of root vegetables grown in these organic-matter-rich soils.
The quantities of fulvic acid found in Shilajit are natural amounts – the result of millions of years of decomposing plant matter. After profuse testing, it is estimated that Shilajit contains 5-8% of Fulvic Acid on average. Taking it in larger amounts may cause adverse side effects.
While there have been some new studies which reveal that Shilajit is able to reduce body weight in rats 92, there is not evidence to prove that it literally burns fat.
The underlying mechanism appears to be that Shilajit helps to alter the gene expression of cells before they turn into fat cells, preventing that from happening more often. This may aid somebody who wants to lose weight by preventing weight gain, however it is not a substitute for exercise in terms of burning fat.
These findings fall in line with other experiments which show that Shilajit might be helpful for turning fat into muscle in obese individuals who begin to exercise.
However, once again, you can't use Shilajit in place of healthy food and exercise, which would promote natural weight loss. Instead you can use it to enrich your diet with trace minerals that you are deficient in, which may help improve your waistline, depending on what caused weight gain in the first place.
Shilajit will not directly improve your memory or learning capacity. Firstly, strong memories are formed with the help of an emotional component93, which is why we tend to remember events where we were highly stressed, traumatized or deeply in love better than other things.
Secondly, Shilajit has a very limited scope of nootropic action which may enhance cognitive function through promoting healthy neuronal activity in the brain. However, without actively engaging your mind in learning and training it with mental exercises that strengthen your brain's capacity for holding information, taking Shilajit will do nothing for improving memory.
It also false to assume that Shilajit can treat Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimer's is categorized by the formation of plaques in the brain - essentially either nerve cells that have malfunctioned, tangled up in knots and ultimately crust over. These hard lumps prevent neurons from growing in those areas and from wiring and firing together, leading to dementia and all the other symptoms associated with the condition. There are many mechanisms that can cause plaques to form in the brain, but the two main ones are attributed to malfunctioning proteins amyloid-beta and tau.
There was ONE (highly experimental) study done to-date on fulvic acid, which suggests that it prevents tau protein from aggregating into neurofibrilliary tangles94 - however, this experiment was carried out in a test tube and we have yet to see the same results mimicked elsewhere. Furthermore, Shilajit contains a small portion of fulvic acid (±5-8%), whereas this effect may only be observed in a pure fulvic acid extract and only under certain conditions.
Using Shilajit like a painkiller will probably have as much of an effect in blunting pain as taking a placebo; however, we can't even say that as hardly any clinical trials have been done on Shilajit in this capacity. In one test tube study, Korean scientists noted that Shilajit appeared to calm certain neurons through modulating the GABA pathway95, which could potentially lower the feeling of pain. This data is not useful in the context of what goes on inside our bodies and in fact, other studies contradict this finding, suggesting that Shilajit has a stimulatory effect on the nervous system and not a sedative one.
It all depends on the cause of the pain and the biology of the person. For instance, if you lose lots of fluids through profuse sweating and become dehydrated, you may develop painful muscle cramps, which Shilajit would be able to balance as a natural electrolyte. It can also help reduce inflammation during injury thanks largely to the magnesium content, which can lower certain types of inflammation-related pain96. Conversely, it also helps to initiate the inflammatory process in the beginning of all wound healing, which could make the pain worse until further down the line. All this says is that it supports the body's functioning as a whole, but not that it directly blocks our ability to feel pain.
Currently, there are few studies or reports about the side effects of shilajit. If you are pregnant or have a serious health condition, you should consult with your doctor before taking shilajit. We would also recommend avoiding using shilajit in the following situations:
For more in-dept information about all possible shilajit side effects and how to avoid them please read our how to use article.
Aside from looking at a lab analysis and sussing out a brand's integrity, here are 5 other things you can check about your Shilajit to assess if it's fake or not.
To imitate potent shilajit, some companies may add different ingredients to it which give it an abnormal flavor. Authentic shilajit tastes earthy and bitter, often accompanied by a slight tingling sensation on the tongue.
We know of some fake shilajit preparations that involve cooking grass and other plants to the state that they turn black. Those mixtures may be easily identified by an astringent taste.
The smell of quality Shilajit can be strong, even hot and spicy, but it should not be pungent like ammonia or salmiak. If you recognize that odor, then it is possible that it has been treated with tap water or chemicals.
True shilajit never dissolves in alcohol or oil. It can partially dissolve in these substances, but never more than ±10%. If it dissolves more than that in oil or alcohol, then you'll know immediately that it's fake.
Shilajit is a highly romanticized product! Do not rely on good-looking packaging or catchy marketing claims, as in reality, these things have nothing to do with Shilajit at the end of the day. Once you know what to look for, you're bound to be surprised at the amount of poor quality products that flood the market, regardless of price or packaging.
The below questions serve as useful guidelines for spotting the best quality shilajit and brands that sell it:
This question does not imply that you need to first buy a cheaper or smaller amount for the Shilajit to be good, but is more pointing to a seller's confidence and authenticity. Free samples are a good indication that they're not afraid to let people try the product first. Don't feel shy to ask if any samples are available and if not, find out why.
If a shilajit brand has been around for a long time, it is likely a good sign. However, the supply of Shilajit is always changing and you shouldn't expect consistency. Usually a deposit of Shilajit gets depleted in 1-2 years and therefore, the next batch will originate from a new source and be slightly different from how it was before.
Checking the consistency of customer reviews across multiple platforms is very important, as some brands pay for biased reviews to be made on one platform, generating massive "sales." It's good to look on:
If you see more contradictions than consistency, then the ratings might be fake. Also do not be lulled into buying Shilajit from a brand that only has 5-star ratings - Shilajit is a very strange substance and it's quite natural that not everyone will like it or think it's good. If there are only good reviews in a fairly large selection of people, then that is something to be suspicious of.
Aside from whatever marketing claims are made about the product, you have to be able to clearly see the following information:
If this information is private and you can’t even call the company to find out more details, then you may want to find another supplier where you can at least verify the quality and safety of the product.
It's funny, but almost 50% of all shilajit sellers don't know anything about what they are selling. Check their website or social media accounts to make sure they are active. If all they're only stating how good their products are on repeat and using vague claims like "we sell the best shilajit you may ever find" or "it cures everything!" then a warning bell should be going off inside of you.
Those who do their research will know that Shilajit can't cure or treat anything and so these claims are catchy but hold no truth. Look for practical facts and useful data about shilajit - not just information made to sell you the product.
It is depends on these two factors:
If you have the best quality shilajit and your overall health is good, then 100mg per single serving once daily is the best way to start taking it. When you get familiar with using shilajit you may increase the dose or use it 2-3 times daily if needed. The higher doses and frequency of use usually benefits elder people or required in certain cases of chronic conditions or to recover from injury. In such cases we recommend taking 150mg - 250mg per serving twice daily.
Please take to consideration that quality of shilajit is varied and our recommendations are based on Grade A Himalayan Shilajit, other shilajit types usually require a higher dosage to achieve same results.
If you still have questions please follow our in depts instruction on How to Use Shilajit page that has a handy chart to help pinpoint your optimal dose.