- What is the heavy metal contamination in shilajit or other food?
- What is the most contaminated product in my daily dose?
- How do I understand the numbers from the Certificate of Analyses?
We answer these questions many times, over the phone and email. And recently, We saw the consumer warning for Ayurvedic shilajit, which was made by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger. Although our brand is listed as “far more appropriate,” many people are fearful of the hidden danger of heavy metals.
Here is our Certificate of Analyses for Solid Himalayan Shilajit. Based on these numbers we would like to compare the amount of Heavy Metals with other foods.
Some of us may fear an imagined disaster, but when you know the odds, when and how it may happen, you can have the confidence that it won’t happen to you. You can take control of the situation.
Does It Have Toxic Heavy Metals ?
Shilajit is rich with trace metals and minerals, just like a fruit that is rich with vitamins. It has a full load of trace elements, including the metals, with regulated limits for daily intake. Let’s pay attention to the heavy metals safety and to these particular metals: Cadmium, Lead, Arsenic, Aluminum and Mercury.
Many foods contain heavy metals… Have you ever avoided buying chocolate because it might contain lead, or shrimp because it might contain arsenic?
Types Of Heavy Metals In Shilajit
Pure shilajit is made from organic metals and that makes a difference. But then, being organic doesn’t mean you are safe, and we still have to pay attention to the numbers.
Let’s Reveal The Horrendous Truth !
PPB – stands for the range of parts per billion. It is equal to the value of one penny compared to that of 10 million dollars.
UG – Microgram, 1000 UG = 1 MG, 1000 MG = 1 GM, 28.3 GM = 1 OZ
USP – The US Pharmacopeia organization that determines elemental impurities in pharmaceutical products.
ATSDR – Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry that determines the minimal risk level of metal for food intake.
The effects of exposure to any hazardous substance depend on the type, the amount or dose and duration or frequency of intake. (Dept. of Health)
Before viewing the actual numbers, we would like to show how we made the calculations.
A candy has 100 ppb (0.1 ppm) of lead with the average serving size of 12 gm so the total amount of consumed lead will be 0.1 x 12 = 1.2 ug. Our shilajit has 1670 ppb of lead with the single serving of 150 mg so the total amount of consumed lead will be 1.67 x 0.15 = 0.25 ug.
Lead – Pb
About 99% of the amount of lead taken into the body of an adult will dwell in the waste within a couple of weeks. (ATSDR)
Mercury – Hg
Most mercury poisoning comes from air, water vapors (80%), and then, through the food. Most of the metallic mercury absorbed into the body and leaves when you defecate, while smaller amounts leave the body in the exhaled breath.
Aluminum – Al
A small amount of the aluminum you breathe will enter your body through your lungs, while a very small amount of the aluminum in food or water will enter your body through the digestive tract. An extremely small amount of the aluminum found in antacids will be absorbed. A very small amount may enter through your skin when you come into contact with aluminum. Most aluminum in food, water, and medicines leaves your body quickly in the feces. Much of the small amount of aluminum that enter the bloodstream will quickly leave your body when you urinate.
Arsenic – As
Both inorganic and organic forms leave your body in your urine. Most of the inorganic arsenic will be gone within several days, although some will remain in your body for several months or even longer. If you exposed to organic arsenic, most of it will leave your body within several days.
Cadmium – Cd
About 5-50% of the cadmium you breathe will enter your body through your lungs. However, a small amount of the cadmium in food and water (about 1-10%) will enter your body through the digestive tract. Your body can change most cadmium to a form that is not harmful, but too much cadmium can overload the ability of your liver and kidney to change the cadmium to a harmless form.
* calculated based on average body weight of 180 lbs
** according to the daily average consumption
*** “Action Level” or maximum allowed level enforced by the government, EPA (likely to exceed the average contamination)
How To Use Shilajit Safely
Even though our shilajit is way below the warning flag, you may still take the following steps to be super safe:
- Pay attention to the maximum dose
- Take it once or twice a day
- Do not take it every day, but 4 – 5 times a week. Then your body will have more time to adjust to the certain metals in your blood and store the ones it requires.
- Cycle the use of shilajit. After 4-6 weeks of continued use take a 3-4 months break.
- Keep it away from the kids, the same way as you do with fluoride toothpaste or prescription drugs.
Imagine A Person Who Does Selective Search For Heavy Metals In All Food…
Some people may be fearful of taking shilajit. Can you find a single clinical case or study about damage from Shilajit? We can’t!
Damaging yourself with Pure Himalayan Shilajit is a very unlikely thing. Just by consuming food and water every day, you have greater amount of heavy metals within your body than you would get from shilajit.