Shilajit : Boost Testosterone By Up To 19%
One ingredient that is appearing in some of the better quality testosterone booster is a natural compound called Shilajit.
Popular in ancient ayurvedic medicines, it is a great source of many minerals (over 80) and something called Fulvic acid which combined gives it a lengthy list of health giving properties.
These can include:
- Hormone Regulation
- Managing Of Diabetes
- Reducing Inflammation
- Increasing Immunity
- Boosting Brain Function
- Enhancing Testosterone Production.
The last item on the list is what concerns this article.
I took a really good hard look at Shilajit to determine the facts about this natural compound and to determine exactly just how effective at increasing testosterone it really is
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What Is Shilajit?
Shilajit is a dark, tar like resin largely found in the Himalayas.
It is formed from plant and tree residue that is compressed within the rocks deep below the surface. Over hundreds of years it works its way up to the surface where it is sourced and consumed by humans.
It has a long history of use in traditional medicines, both to treat certain problems and to ensure and prolong a healthy life.
Shilajit Is Also Known As
Minerals Pitch, Jews Pitch, Mineral Wax, Salajeet, Brag-shun, Moomio, Mumis, Mumijo, Mumiyo and Shilajita.
Shilajit is one of the only natural sources of Fulvic acid, which is recognised for a range of health benefits, one of which is its ability to attach itself to minerals and help the body to absorb them far more easily.
Its ability as an effective mineral transporter makes it extremely useful when taken in supplement form. But to get the most from it, you need to ensure that the shilajit being used is processed and purified to get rid of any heavy metal content.
It can be expensive to manufacture largely due to the purification processes involved. But this is a good thing, as exposure to heavy metals could have health consequences.
Natural Shilajit contains around 4-6% fulvic acid. This percentage increases when the extract is turned into powder.
“Do not be fooled by unscrupulous manufacturers who claim that their product delivers 40-60% fulvic acid – “
This is totally unnatural and means that they have ‘cut’ the shilajit extract with other sources of fulvic acid which can reduce the purity and effectiveness of the product.
The fact is that when you add additional filmic acid to Shilajit, the actual potency of the natural product reduces. Basically the more fulvic acid in the Shilajit extract, the weaker the whole thing becomes. Its also cheap to make, which means that companies adding Fulvic acid to Shilajit to make it go further are basically reducing their manufacturing costs, and adding to their profit margins.
Fulvic Acid Is Highly Bioavailable To The Body
THis is one of the great benefits of Fulvic acid. It can actually help transport some 60 times its own weight in vitamins, minerals and enzymes into the bodies cells.
When taken alongside potent T-boosting ingredients like Boron, Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin D for instance, the addition of Fulvic acid can really increase their own effectiveness.
Clinical Studies That Looked At The Testosterone Boosting Properties Of Shilajit
There have been just 2 human studies which looked at testosterone production. both returned some positive results:
Study 1 – 35 infertile men were given 2 x day doses of 100mg Shilajit for 90 days.
Their Sperm levels, Testosterone, and FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) were measured before and after the 90 days period.
The researchers discovered that:
- Sperm Count increased by 61.4%
- Sperm Motility Increasd By 12.4%
- Serum Testosterone increased by 23.5%
- FSH increasd by 9.4%
There was also a 18.7% decrease in semen malondialdehyde ( the marker for oxidative stress).
(FSH plays a key role in the regulation of testosterone production)
Study 2 – men aged between 45-55 were given 250mg of Shilajit twice a day for 90 days.
Their testosterone levels were checked before and after the study and the results were conclusive:
- Total Testosterone increased by 20%
- Free Testosterone increased by 19%
- DHEA increased by 31%
Both studies confirm the ability of Shilajit to boost testosterone, in particular the levels of fee testosterone which makes a huge impact in any man wanting to build larger muscles and boost strength.
Other Health Benefits Of Shilajit
Apart from the huge number of minerals and fulvic acid found in Shilajit, it also contains a compound known as dibenz-alpha-pyrones, which is a very powerful antioxidant and also works to help boost the efficiency of mitochondria, responsible for generating cellular energy
The Best Way To Take Shilajit
The best way to take Shilajit is without doubt in its natural resin form. That said it is really expensive at about $60 for just 10grams.
It doesn’t taste that good either – its really bitter.
More recently there have been great advances in the manufacture of powdered shilajit found in capsules. you can now get purified Shilajit extract with a lower amount of Fulvic acid.
Choose a supplement that has a COA (certficate of analysis) that proves its purity and the fact that it has been checked for heavy metals.
One supplement that uses a purified form of Shilajit with a 20% Fulvic acid content is Force X7 – A Natural T-Booster made by supplement manufacturers Alpha Wolf Nutrition.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
I am 58 years old, I currently live in London. I have one married daughter aged 33
I have always had a passion for fitness, In my younger days I was a keen swimmer and competed at county level both at home and abroad. I am also a keen squash and tennis player and have always been a keen gym goer.
I have a CPD accreditation in Sports Nutrition and am a published author with my articles featuring in some popular publications.
Over the past 12 years I have studied the effects of testosterone both in the younger man and as we get older, the effects of low or reduced testosterone and how increasing its production can really improve your health.
On a personal level, a number of years ago, I was diagnosed with Low-T myself, and my own in-depth research has helped me to redress my own health concerns.