Health Benefits of Shilajit

Shilajit is a blackish-brownish tar-like herbomineral found in the Himalayan and Tibet Mountains. This resin is formed from the decomposition of nutrient dense plant material compacted through layers of rock when mountains are formed. It contains high amounts of fulvic acid, humic acids, dibenzo alpha pyrones and about 85 different vitamins and minerals.


4 Benefits of Shilajit

  • Energy! Shilajit is best known for it’s positive impact on energy. It increases mitochondrial function–mitochondria are the energy (ATP) makers in your cells. It also has strong antioxidant properties which helps protect the cells of the body against damage and aging.
  • Brain Health: Shilajit seems to be neuroprotective, exert positive effects following traumatic brain injury, and have positive effects on GABA (a calming neurotransmitter) levels in the brain.
  • Inflammation and immune support: Shilajit has antiviral properties and can help prevent and heal gastric ulcers (and the inflammation related to them).
  • May promote healthy blood sugar: Shilajit’s antioxidant qualities seem to have a positive effect on the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas. Shilajit is also a main ingredient in several supplements used to help manage high blood sugar.

How to take Shilajit

If you decide to try shilajit, most people take a very small portion (size of a pea or less) mixed in a little bit of water and swallowed quickly, like a shot (it is not delicious!).

Risks and Side Effects

Quality matters. Make sure if you try shilajit, or any supplement for that matter, you choose a brand that has been tested for purity and is free of heavy metals and contaminants.
While the research on adverse effects is a mixed bag, large doses are not recommended. If you have abnormally low blood pressure, exercise caution when taking it.

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