What is Shilajit
Shilajit is an absolute powerhouse of a supplement born at extremely high altitudes, deep within crevices in the Himalayan mountains.
Over hundreds, even thousands of years, organic material works its way deep into the rocks fissures where it is slowly grinded into a black resin packed full of upwards of 85 different minerals.
Shilajit Boosts Testosterone 23.5%
There are two different studies showing shilajit has a powerful and direct increase on testosterone in humans.
Human Case Study 1
In a scientific, human based case study published in Andrologia in September of 2015, healthy adult men were supplemented with 250 mg of shilajit twice each day for 90 straight days.
When researchers tested for changes to these men’s hormone profiles they discovered a 19% increase in free testosterone!
As well as a 20% increase in total testosterone and a whopping 31% boost in DHEA levels. (1)
The increase in free testosterone levels is especially exciting because this is what is going to propel your biggest increases in size and strength.
Human Case Study 2
A singular human trial is highly encouraging when the results are that good but you always have to wonder if great results can be duplicated.
The answer is a resounding yes!
In another study, scientist gave infertile men 200 mg of shilajit every day for 90 days and once again the results are astounding as the following improvements were seen:
- Testosterone Boosted by +23.5%
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) went up +9.4%*
- Significant and positive decrease of Semen Malondialdehyde (MDA) -18.7%** (2)
*Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) plays an extremely crucial role in the production of androgen-binding protein by the Sertoli cells. (3)
**Semen Malondialdehyde (MDA) is a strong marker for oxidative stress which is known to lower testosterone levels. (4)
Fulvic Acid and Shilajit
Packed full of upwards of 85 different minerals, shilajit is also one of the only natural sources of high amounts of fulvic acid.
The fulvic acid can carry around 60 times its weight in minerals, vitamins and enzymes directly into your cells making both the shilajit itself and every any other nutrients you are taking along with it, extremely bioavailable. (5)
Because fulvic acid is such a powerful nutrient absorption aid, it’s imperative your shilajit is pure and free of contaminants!
Note: Some companies advertise extremely high fulvic acid content (upwards of 60%) and try to pass this off as higher quality. It is not!
Because shilajit is rare and difficult to source it is extremely expensive. Some companies cut down on this cost by “cutting” their shilajit with high added doses of fulvic acid to increase their profitability.
Shilajit and Dibenzo-Alpha-Pyrones
Being a natural source of fulvic acid makes up just a fraction of what makes shilajit so unique and powerful.
As already mentioned, it can contain upwards of 85 different minerals but it also has some very unique compounds as well. One of them being dibenzo-alpha-pyrones.
Dibenzo-alpha-pyrones is an extremely powerful antioxidant and may also significantly boost your energy levels because it increases the efficiency of mitochondria in generating (ATP) or adenosine triphosphate. (6)
ATP is the primary energy carrier in humans. In fact, it is the primary energy carrier in all living beings. (7)
Resin vs Powdered Shilajit
Back when this incredible supplement first started becoming popular in the West, I was a firm believer that it should only be taken in resin form as seen in nature.
At that time, I was unable to find a company I felt was highly reputable and thoroughly tested their extract for heavy metal contamination AND did not heavily cut it with too fulvic acid.
However, extracts can be cleaned whereas to my knowledge resin can not.
Finding shilajit in resin form that has been properly tested and with any contamination parts discarded is extremely expensive going for upwards of $50 or more dollars for a 30 day supply.
Plus the taste is downright awful and I can stomach almost anything but I frequently found myself skipping over the supplement because I didn’t feel like swallowing it.
No matter how good for you something is, if you aren’t going to consistently take it, it is of no benefit to you.
While it is still very difficult to find a company selling a highly tested form of pure shilajit extract that has not be heavily cut with fulvic acid to increase profits, there are a handful of manufacturers out there you can trust.
I have now been taking shilajit in powdered form for over a year and I absolutely love it!
You do need to make sure when you buy shilajit, whether you purchase it in resin or powered from, you are buying it from a reputable source.
Preferably one that tests for heavy metals and will show you the lab analysis.
Supplementing with Shilajit
I recommend you take between 150 – 250 mg of shilajit extract daily standardized to no more than 30% fulvic acid.
Our natural testosterone booster Force X7 includes 200 mg of shilajit extract standardized to 20% fulvic acid in each serving!
- Pandit, S., Biswas, S., Jana, U., De, R. K., Mukhopadhyay, S. C., & Biswas, T. K. (2015). Clinical evaluation of purified Shilajit on testosterone levels in healthy volunteers. Andrologia, 48(5), 570-575. – Link
- Biswas, T. K., Pandit, S., Mondal, S., Biswas, S. K., Jana, U., Ghosh, T., . . . Auddy, B. (2010). Clinical evaluation of spermatogenic activity of processed Shilajit in oligospermia. Andrologia,42(1), 48-56. – Link
- Louis, G. B., & Fritz, I. B. (1979). Follicle-Stimulating Hormone and Testosterone Independently Increase the Production of Androgen- Binding Protein by Sertoli Cells in Culture*. Endocrinology,104(2), 454-461. – Link
- Rovira-Llopis, S., Bañuls, C., Marañon, A. M., Diaz-Morales, N., Jover, A., Garzon, S., . . . Hernandez-Mijares, A. (2017). Low testosterone levels are related to oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction and altered subclinical atherosclerotic markers in type 2 diabetic male patients. Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 108, 155-162. – Link
- The Unexplored Health Benefits of Fulvic Acid. The Truth About Cancer. Ty Bollinger – Link
- Bhattacharyya, S & Pal, D & Banerjee, D & Auddy, B & Gupta, Amartya & Ganguly, P & Majumber, U.K. & Ghosal, S. (2009). Shilajit dibenzo-α-pyrones: Mitochondria targeted antioxidants. Pharmacologyonline. 2. 690-698. – Link
- Ashlee Donaher M.S. What Is ATP and What Does It Do? October 19, 2016. Posted in Technology Fundamentals – Link