7 Incredible Health Benefits of Shilajit for Men and Women

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Shilajit is a sticky, resin-like substance found in the Himalayan Mountain ranges. It originated from Indian Ayurvedic medicine as a traditional herbal treatment.

This naturally found blackish-brown compound is formed by the microbial decomposition of plants. The credit for its benefits goes to its main component “fulvic acid”, which is a potent memory enhancer, and antioxidant and contains anti-inflammatory properties.

Other than fulvic acid, Shilajit is composed of more than 80 essential components that promote health and longevity.

Ancient as it might be, there is still a lack of human research due to which its protective role and potential side effects face some doubts.


7 Incredible Health Benefits of Shilajit for Men and Women:

Here are some of the amazing health benefits of Shilajit:

  1. Alzheimer’s Disease

The main component of Shilajit, fulvic acid is a strong antioxidant. Due to its antioxidant potential, Shilajit helps prevent the buildup of tau – a protein that leads to the formation of twisted clusters or dead nerve cells. Tau is considered the main causative agent of Alzheimer’s disease.

According to a study, Andean Shilajit shows anti-aggregative effects and plays a role in the disassembly of tangles of tau protein.

It also promotes neurogenic effects and can be a viable treatment against neurodegenerative diseases.

  1. Testosterone Levels

Testosterone, the primary male sex hormone can also be influenced by Shilajit consumption. For instance, men with low testosterone levels can use Shilajit to significantly improve its production.

According to one clinical study, taking 500 mg of Shilajit supplementation per day greatly improves total testosterone levels in men. [Ref]

Moreover, Shilajit supplementation is also known to increase sperm count and sperm motility, hence it can be a great contributor in the treatment of male infertility.

  1. Reduces Bone Loss

Bone loss is a serious concern among women, mostly after menopause.  Excessive bone loss can lead to weaker bones which hinders daily activities.

According to a recent study on women 60 postmenopausal women aged 45-65, Shilajit extract supplementation significantly improved bone mineral density. [Ref]

  1. Improves heart health

Shilajit’s protective role against cardiovascular diseases more likely stems from its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cholesterol-lowering properties.

By preventing inflammation, it prevents any damage to the blood vessels.

In one study, lab rats were subjected to cardiac injury, rats supplemented with Shilajit had reduced severity of cardiac lesions as compared to placebo. [Ref]

Moreover, Shilajit is known to decrease triglyceride levels, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in the body. In this way, it directly protects against cardiovascular diseases and NAFLD. 

  1. Prevents Altitude Sickness

The role of Shilajit as an antioxidant makes it a good alternative to avoid altitude sickness.

Low atmospheric pressures and cold/dry weather trigger hypoxia.

Shilajit boosts the oxygen supply to muscle tissues and improves the body’s immune responses which is why it can eliminate the effects of altitude sickness.

  1. Collagen Production

More recent researches suggest that Shilajit supplementation can also have anti-aging effects.

According to a recent study, 500 to 1000 mg supplementation of Shilajit for 8 weeks increased type 1 collagen synthesis. [Ref]

  1. Boosts Energy Levels:

Shilajit contains 80 minerals with high antioxidant properties, and that is why it acts as a nutrient transporter and shuttles nutrients across cell membranes.

It also improves mitochondrial function and neutralizes free radicals. Therefore, it is also effective in improving exercise performance and reducing fatigue.


How to Use Shilajit?

Shilajit can be administered in the form of capsules or powdered extract. This can be found at online shops or pharmacies.

Shilajit Dosage:

There is no regulated dosage of Shilajit as it is not categorized by the FDA.

Generally, 300-500mg per day is considered safe and effective.

Shilajit Side Effects:

Although it is a natural substance and that is why it’s often considered safe to use. However, it should not be used in unprocessed forms because of the presence of heavy metals. It is always recommended to use the purified forms of Shilajit supplements.

Furthermore, due to a lack of research, there is insufficient data on the potential side effects caused by Shilajit supplementation.

However, some studies have reported very few side effects. [Ref]

Here are some known side effects of Shilajit:

  • General side effects:

Shilajit supplementation can lead to increased iron levels and toxicity.

Raw Shilajit is contaminated with heavy metals which can be harmful.

  • Shilajit Side Effects in Men:

Shilajit may cause hormonal alterations and increased testosterone levels in men.

  • Shilajit’s Side Effects in Women:

The safety of Shilajit consumption during pregnancy and lactation is not well known. That is why it can have a potential risk of unwanted complications.



Shilajit has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and its amazing health-promoting properties can be used to improve well-being.

However, there is a need to better understand its most effective and safe dosage along with its side effects in the general population and vulnerable groups.

In conclusion, Shilajit is beneficial but it should always be used after seeking proper professional advice

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Written by Dr. Ahmed

I am Dr. Ahmed (MBBS; FCPS Medicine), an Internist and a practicing physician. I am in the medical field for over fifteen years working in one of the busiest hospitals and writing medical posts for over 5 years.

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