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Is Taking Shilajit Every Day Safe? Benefits vs Side Effects

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As an ancient remedy used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine, shilajit has long been touted as a panacea for health and longevity. Today, shilajit continues to grow in popularity as a nutritional supplement and bioactive compound extracted from Himalayan rock formations.

With the rising interest in shilajit, one of the most common questions is: Can you take it every day safely? In this comprehensive guide, we analyze all the available research evidence to help you understand:

  • What shilajit is
  • The science-backed benefits of daily use
  • Potential side effects and safety considerations
  • Recommended dosing protocols
  • Concerns and contraindications for daily intake
  • How to choose a quality shilajit supplement

After reviewing the existing studies and supplement precautions, we’ll summarize the bottom line on daily shilajit intake so you can make an informed decision.

What is Shilajit?

Shilajit refers to a thick, sticky, tar-like substance that oozes from between layers of mountain rocks in several areas of the Himalayas, Caucasus Mountains, Tibet Mountains, Altai Mountains, and Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan. In Sanskrit it’s known as “shilajatu” – meaning “rock-conquering.”

Shilajit is formed by the gradual decomposition of specific native vegetation and plant matter over centuries by the action of internal microbial metabolites and enzymes under immense pressure. It’s a complex biomass containing a diverse array of organic plant-derived compounds.

The key bioactive constituents considered responsible for shilajit’s effects include:

  • Fulvic Acid: This is the most abundant compound, making up around 60-88% of shilajit. Fulvic acid is known as a natural chelator which gives it strong antioxidant activity.
  • Dibenzo-α pyrones: These compounds have marked nootropic and neuroprotective effects and appear to impact cognitive functions favorably.
  • Phenolic glycosides: Plant-derived antioxidants that reduce inflammation and boost immunity.
  • Triterpenes: Bioactive plant steroids that seem to positively influence neurotransmitters involved in motivation, pleasure, and mood regulation.

Alongside these unique organic compounds, shilajit also contains over 85 different minerals absorbed from the rock layers. Notably:

  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Chromium
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium

This combination of rare antioxidants along with a diversity of vitamins, amino acids, and key minerals underpins shilajit’s broad therapeutic potential.

Documented Health Benefits of Daily Shilajit Supplementation

With a long history of use in Ayurveda for treating general debility, bone fractures, sexual issues, weakness, gastrointestinal problems, diabetes, anemia, and neurological disorders – shilajit is touted as a powerful rejuvenator.

An increasing body of modern evidence from animal research and human trials seems to validate many of these traditional applications. Here are some of the top scientifically studied benefits of taking shilajit regularly:

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Increased Energy Levels

Multiple human studies report reduced fatigue and increase in total energy levels with shilajit supplementation, even in middle aged subjects. These energizing effects build gradually over weeks of daily dosing. 500mg to 1000mg seems effective for most healthy adults.

Enhanced Physical Strength and Exercise Performance

Controlled trials indicate shilajit can boost strength and muscle functioning. Combining it with strength training extended workout duration and enabled participants to retain more muscle mass during post-exercise recovery. The minerals and metabolites appear to optimize energy pathways.

Elevated Testosterone

Low testosterone affects nearly 40% of men over 45. Pilot studies found shilajit intake for 90 successive days increased total testosterone, free androgen index, and sperm quality in a majority of infertile male subjects. It shows promise in counteracting age-related virility decline.

Improved Male Sexual Function

In addition to modulating key androgens, shilajit acts as a natural PDE5-inhibitor improving nitric oxide levels which relaxes penile smooth muscle for better erections. When combined with other aphrodisiacs, shilajit alleviated symptoms of sexual dysfunction and premature ejaculation in 80% of affected research volunteers.

Enhanced Memory, Focus and Cognition

Up to 750mg daily supplementation with purified shilajit for 45 days enhanced working memory, attention, visual-motor coordination, and reaction time in adult human subjects in a placebo controlled trial. Further studies validate these nootropic neuroprotective properties.

Anti-Alzheimer’s Effects

Cell line investigations reveal two unique compounds in shilajit – fulvic acid and dibenzo-alpha-pyrones prevent the tau protein changes which cause Alzheimer’s pathology from progressing. This offers promising natural protection against neurodegeneration.

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Antiviral and Anti-inflammatory Activity

Both test tube and animal investigations find shilajit has noteworthy antiviral effects against influenza viruses, herpes simplex virus-1, Coxsackie virus and other pathogens. It demonstrates anti-inflammatory action by regulating cytokine pathways in human cell cultures.

Powerful Antioxidant Properties

The diverse plant-derived metabolites in shilajit bolster endogenous antioxidant activity, reducing cellular damage from free radicals. This supports healthy aging, faster recovery and resilience against stressful oxidative damage from exercise, infections, toxins, radiation etc.

Improved Heart Health Markers

Human pilot studies report just 2-3 months of shilajit supplementation promoted significant increase in HDL (healthy) cholesterol while lowering triglycerides and dangerous LDL/VLDL counts. This beneficial lipid-balancing action supports better heart health.

Faster Altitude Adaptation

Interestingly, himalayan shilajit helped mountain climbers adapt better and minimize effects of altitude sickness comparable to commonly used pharmaceutical interventions, as per early trials. Thought to work by improving oxygen utilization and stamina.

Enhanced Immunity

In studies on immune cells extracted from healthy human donors, shilajit spurred activation of lymphocytes (T cells and B cells) while enhancing secretion of IgE antibodies by plasma cells and IL-6 in response to simulation by various compounds. This makes immunity robust.

Kidney Cell Regeneration

Shilajit delivers a remarkable combination of antioxidants and minerals directly to kidney tissues which protects the oxygen-sensitive kidney cortex cells from damage while activating regeneration genes to renew aged cells. This supports natural detoxification.

Mood Enhancement and Stress Resilience

By elevating key neurotransmitters like dopamine and potentially serotonin in areas of the brain which manage motivation, drive and mood – shilajit serves as an effective natural anti-anxiety and anti-depressant agent without risks of pharmacological agents.

Clearly the existing compilation of preclinical and human studies identifies shilajit’s immense potential to target nearly every system and organ in ways that support general health, performance and safe anti-aging. But what about safety?

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Is Daily Shilajit Intake Safe? What Does Science Say?

While traditional Ayurvedic wisdom considers properly purified shilajit safe for long term use, is this backed by clinical evidence? Let’s examine what published human trials reveal about shilajit side effects.

Across available clinical safety data, a few key themes emerge:

  • Purified shilajit used for trials is very well tolerated without serious adverse events even when given daily in doses around 500-1500mg for 2-3 months. Occasional minor effects involve changes in stool, mild nausea, and insomnia – especially when taken at higher doses.
  • Pure shilajit meeting certain quality benchmarks shows no evidence of liver toxicity or negative impacts on liver enzymes across repeated blood testing done routinely through trials.
  • Healthy subjects do not develop problematic changes in iron levels, hematocrit, or red blood cell indices despite the rich iron content and bioavailability in shilajit. This suggests it helps replenish cellular iron without necessarily raising circulating iron.
  • Human trials intentionally testing shilajit for ovulatory potential and testosterone changes in normal men do show significantly increased androgen levels. While boosting virility, this needs proper precautions.
  • There are no clinical studies yet assessing shilajit risks in pregnant women, those trying to conceive, teenagers, or young children. Effects are unknown in these special groups.

So while a lot of research confirms shilajit has an impressive safety profile over 2-3 months when used properly – too little data exists on very long term intake. Also vulnerable populations have not been evaluated, necessitating caution.

Dosing Protocols and Contraindications for Daily Shilajit Use

ased on evidence from trials, here are science-backed guidelines for safe daily shilajit supplementation:

  • Start with 300mg to 500mg taken once or twice daily and build up slowly over 4-6 weeks as needed based on benefits/tolerance.
  • Do not exceed 2000mg total daily dose of shilajit nutraceuticals from all sources.
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