You’ve heard about herbs and plants that naturally boost testosterone like Fenugreek and Tongkat Ali. You’ve also heard of minerals like Zinc and Boron do the same thing.
But have you ever heard of an herbomineral?? A cross-breed between plant and rock (not really, but sort of). Yeah, that’s what we’re talking about in this research review and I’m telling you – it’s going to be good. So stick around because today, we explore this beast of a testosterone booster hiding its hybrid self atop the Himalayas. Today, we talk about Shilajit.
WHY TEST BOOSTER SUPPLEMENTS USE SHILAJIT
Shilajit sort of sounds like some kind of slang term for shit but believe me when I say that the potential benefits for bolstering our manhood that this thing has is anything but. Before we get to those benefits though, let’s talk about trivial things about Shilajit. You know, just to break the ice.
What is Shilajit?
Here’s Trivia #1. Shilajit is made up of humus and decomposed plants. When these plants are then tightly pressed between layers upon layers of rocks over millions of years, it then becomes a gummy black substance (link). So basically, Shilajit is the love child of an orgy involving dead plants and rocks with necrophilia. When cracks between those rocks appear, what enzyme that oozes out of is what we now call as the herbomineral Shilajit.
Trivia #2. Shilajit in Sanskrit means “Rock Conqueror”. I’m not exactly sure how it got that name but I think it might be because when Shilajit seeps out, it covers the rocks with its gooey, thick presence. Sort of like how paper supposedly covers rock when you’re playing rock-paper-scissors.
Lastly, we have Trivia #3. Shilajit was discovered by monkeys. That’s right. MONKEYS. The natives of the Himalayan Mountains noticed these said monkeys chewing on black gum. They also noticed these monkeys to be so energetic and typically lived long lives, too. The natives then followed these monkeys around until they saw them peeling off the said black gum off of rocks and when they themselves ingested it, they quickly found out that this was the secret to the monkeys’ longevity. From then on, the rest is history.
Those trivia are just some of the cool things about this plant-rock hybrid. Currently, Shilajit can commonly be found as an ingredient in men’s health supplements and testosterone boosters. As with the monkeys and the ancient Himalayan natives, Shilajit in our current supplements also offer boosts in vitality among with other manly elements.
STUDIES ON SHILAJIT SUGGEST:
Influence Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
According to this article, Shilajit contains significant amounts of Fulvic Acid which has been suggested to be responsible for a lot of the therapeutic properties attributed to Shilajit. Now, a research was done to determine the effects of Fulvic Acid (and Humic Acid) on the thyroid function, performance, and immune response in rats.
The experiment lasted 26 days where the rats were fed different concentrations of fulvic acid and humic acid. In the rats fed with Fulvic Acid, an increase in plasma TSH was observed while also showing a decrease in the T(4)/T(3) ratio.
The influence of Fulvic Acid, a bioactive compound found in Shilajit, on TSH levels may prove to be beneficial for boosting testosterone. However, I do know that this is just a rat study so I can’t say for sure if the same can be said for us humans. Still though, this research looks promising.
Improve sperm quality
A research was done to evaluate the safety and spermatogenic activity of processed Shilajit (PS). The research was done on male oligospermic patients who were given 100 mg of Shilajit two times per day after major meals for 90 days.
Before and after measurements were taken including semen, semen content, testosterone, LH, FSH, and MDA (an oxidative stress marker). The results of the research were as follows:
- 37.6% increase in spermia
- 61.4% increase in total sperm
- 12.4-17.4% increase in sperm motility
- 18.9% increase in normal sperm count
- 23.5% increase in testosterone
- 9.4% increase in FSH
- 18.7% decrease in MDA
As you can see from these results, processed Shilajit as a supplement was able to significantly improve many aspects of sperm health. Not only that, an increase in testosterone and FSH was also observed which is absolutely cool. In this research, Shilajit also shows the ability to counter oxidative stress similar to adaptogens like Ashwagandha and Rhodiola Rosea.
Furthermore, the research also says that they didn’t detect any changes to the subjects’ hepatic and renal profiles which makes Shilajit safe at this given dose.
While this study displayed the benefits of Shilajit on men with low sperm count, another research was done on healthy men. This other research was done by comparing the effects of a 90 day Shilajit supplementation (250 mg 2x/day) versus a placebo on male androgenic hormones. Here are the results:
- Significant increase in testosterone
- Significant increase in “free” testosterone
- Significant increase in dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEAS)
- LH and FSH levels were well maintained
Combining both of these studies, Shilajit makes for a pretty good supplement of choice in boosting testosterone regardless of sperm health.
According to this article, Fulvic acid is the main carrier molecule found in Shilajit. With this, Shilajit “actively takes part in the transportation of nutrients into deep tissues and helps to overcome tiredness, lethargy, and chronic fatigue”.
With that, I say if you’re constantly feeling tired and sluggish, Shilajit may help re-energize you into a livelier, more active version of yourself.
Additionally, another research says that animal and human data support Shilajit’s use as a ‘revitalizer’ by enhancing ATP production. With more ATP, Shilajit may be beneficial as a sports/exercise supplement while also being a stress-reliever by battling fatigue. Again, the study also states that a “key constituent” of these benefits include fulvic acid.
How Do I Take SHILAJIT?
In reference to the researches I showed you here, I believe Shilajit may be most effective taken twice per day after heavy meals at 100-200 mg (or maybe even up to 250) per serving.
Additionally, like many other supplements, Shilajit also comes in many different forms. For more potent effects, I suggest you look for Shilajit standardized to contain a greater concentration of Fulvic acid as this compound seems to be connected to the testosterone boosts attributed to Shilajit.
If you ask me, I think Shilajit is one of the best natural testosterone boosters out there. Well actually, it’s not just a test booster – it’s a total MANHANCER. Yeah, I totally made that word up… Man… Enhancer… Manhancer? Get it? Whatever.
Anyway, I stand by my statement that not only does Shilajit boost testosterone, it enhances your overall manliness too. As these researchers have shown me, Shilajit positively impacts quite a lot of things with regards to male health. As we men grow older, we also tend to feel more stressed and fatigued. Shilajit helps with that by “revitalizing” youthful energy and testosterone levels.
Oh, what’s that? You’re not old and tired, yet? That’s fine. With enhanced ATP production, Shilajit gives you more energy that you’ll need to chase those muscle gains. And as research has shown, Shilajit can boost the demographic of healthy (young) males, too.
In that case, my personal opinion is that Shilajit works for men of virtually all ages. On top that, you get better sperm too. How cool is that?