Shilajit - Information and scientifically proven benefits

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Key benefits

  • Improves energy production
  • Optimizes hormones
  • Enhances neurological function
  • Combats anxiety & improves stress tolerance
  • Detoxifies heavy metals, glyphosate & radionuclides
  • Mineralizes the body on a cellular level
  • Supports athletic performance and recovery


Shilajit is a potent foundational herb naturally occurring as a resin-like substance found in high mountain areas. Translating to ‘Conqueror of Mountains’ in Sanskrit, it has been revered for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine for its rejuvenating qualities.

Shilajit is concentrated in 85+ essential trace minerals, carbon 60, and both fulvic & humic acids, making it one of the most potent adaptogenic substances known to humans.


In the modern time, Sir Martin Edward Stanley, a British explorer during his expeditions to the Himalayas, in 1870, observed that monkeys on the gangetic plains became old by the time they were 10 years old, whereas the monkeys on the higher altitudes continued to be highly active and agile even during old age.

He noticed that the monkeys at the higher altitudes were eating a rock-like melted material oozing out from rock crevices when the ice cover melted during the summer months. The local people called the substance Shilajit, and its healing properties were well-known to them for a long time.

What to look for in high quality shilajit?

  • A distinct pungent herbal & tar-like odour and flavour - these qualities is a strong sign of an authentic high-potency shilajit. An absence of these characteristics can indicate over-processing, or an inauthentic product, possibly using added ingredients of fillers.

  • Low heavy metal levels - most shilajit products available have higher-than-desirable heavy metal levels present, including many of the companies who ‘3rd party test’ for purity. These toxic metals, such as lead, arsenic, mercury or cadmium, are generally present in excess due to poor sourcing and/or inappropriate processing.

  • High fulvic acid content - Fulvic acid is one of the main beneficial constituents in shilajit. Ensuring a high % of fulvic acid in your shilajit ensures maximal therapeutic effects. As shilajit is a naturally occurring substance, the % of fulvic acid will vary per batch. A minimum of 60% fulvic acid content is considered ‘good’.
  • Celsius Medicinals Shilajit

    • Celsius Medicinals shilajit is sourced from the wild Altai Mountains in Russia, and is processed at only low temperatures to maintain integrity of the beneficial elements. Upon opening a jar of our shilajit, you will immediately notice the pungent, earthy aroma, indicating strong potency.
    • Our shilajit is 3rd party independently tested not only for heavy metals, but for other common contaminants, as well as trace mineral content. Compared to other shilajit products on the market, our shilajit contains the lowest levels of heavy metal contamination, ensuring you can enjoy the benefits without any toxic contamination.
    • Our shilajit has a concentration of 75% naturally occurring fulvic acid, as confirmed by our 3rd party test results. This concentration may vary batch to batch.

    Fulvic acid

    Fulvic acid is one of the main beneficial constituents of shilajit.

    Fulvic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in nature. It is formed over time through the breaking down of organic matter and old plant material by soil microorganisms.

    Fulvic acid can be found throughout the natural environment, and is responsible for providing nutrients and minerals to plants. It is significantly depleted in the soil today due to modern farming practices, and has led to poor mineral content in our food, and therefore in our bodies.

    Shilajit is one of the most concentrated naturally-occuring sources of fulvic acid. Not only does fulvic acid provide our bodies with essential minerals and elements, it also enhances our body's ability to utilize them, by improving the bioavailability and absorption of these nutrients in the cell.

    Fulvic acid is also known to be a highly-efficient chelator of heavy metals, having a 5-100x stronger binding capacity than clays, and a chelator of glyphosate and other pesticides, escorting out of the body and preventing any absorption in the process.

    More health benefits of fulvic acid can be found below.

    Carbon 60 (C60)

    Another beneficial compound found in shilajit is C60 -  a potent antioxidant molecule, whose discoverers (Robert Curl, Harold Kroto, and Richard Smalley) were awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996.

    C60 is known as a fullerene - a pure carbon molecule composed of at least 60 atoms of carbon. The carbon atoms of C60 form a sphere-like structure, and because of the way they’re bound, they give the molecule unique antioxidant properties.

    The unique feature of C60 is that it supports the body in replacing four key antioxidants that are depleted through the aging process: Glutathione, COQ10, Catalase and SOD (Superoxide Dismutase).

    Other research into C60 suggests it can also support cellular energy function, boost immunity, reduce wrinkles and protect the skin against UV damage.

    Information & Safety

    Research suggests that shilajit is safe for long term use as a dietary supplement. [10][15]


    Scientifically Proven Benefits

    • Antioxidant [2][7][13][14][23][27][31][32][45][54][58][59]
    • Anti-aging properties [29][30]
    • Increases androgenic hormones (namely testosterone & DHEA) [1][9]
    • Reduces anxiety [6][12][18][27][36][48][70]
    • Improves stress tolerance [27][33][60]
    • Counteracts exhaustion and fatigue [11][27]
    • Positively modulates immune response [8][31][34][35][49][66][67]
    • Improves muscular strength [11][17]
    • Improves recovery and athletic performance [17][33]
    • Improves fertility[9][43][55]
    • Improves libido [43]
    • Protects against neurodegenerative diseases & neuroprotective [3][4][16] [56][58][74]
    • Detoxifies and protects from heavy metals (fulvic acid has a heavy metal binding capacity 5-100x stronger than clays) [19][24][26][43]
    • Antiviral [42][46]
    • Enhances bioavailability and retention of minerals in the cell [19]
    • Improves mitochondrial energy production [27][28][33]
    • Inhibits proliferation of cancerous cells via inducing apoptosis [7][65]
    • Liver protective [7][39][40]
    • Binds to pesticides, blocks their absorption, and detoxifies them from the body - specifically glyphosate [21]. Fulvic acid also neutralizes the antimicrobial effects on glyphosate, helping maintain healthy gut flora [8][22]
    • Mitigates graphene toxicity [75][76]
    • May restore blood brain barrier integrity [56]
    • Supports bone health [45][47][64][72]
    • Improves wound healing [51][62][68][71]
    • Enhances learning retention [6]
    • Enhances memory [6][36]
    • Significantly protects against and detoxifies radiation (radionuclides) [20][44][54]
    • Cardioprotective [13][14][53]
    • Photoprotective, effectively increasing tolerance to UV light and reducing sunburn and skin c@ncer [8]
    • Antimicrobial [16][22][23]
    • Antifungal [23][37]
    • Fulvic acid has been used to treat and cure multiple different tum0rs and c@ncers with a high success rate [7][25][41]
    • Removes calcification from the body (including the pineal gland)
    • Improves erectile function [38]
    • Improves dopamine levels [6]
    • Has been used to heal skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic keratosis, pruritis and actinic keratosis [23][52]
    • Promotes healthy digestion and absorption of foods [8]
    • Protects against high-altitude related illness, such as hypoxia, muscular degeneration, acute mountain sickness (AMS) and high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) [8]
    • Supports acclimatization to high altitudes [8]
    • Improves iron absorption and bioavailability [8]
    • Improves disease resistance [49]
    • Can support iron-deficiency anemia, without causing iron toxicity [15] 
    • May improve pain tolerance [12][63]
    • Can reduce alcohol withdrawal and dependence symptoms [18]
    • Has positive effects against opioid withdrawal, dependence and tolerance [61]
    • Deep, cellular remineralization [3]
    • Antiulcerogenic [50][68][73]
    • Antipsychotic [57][69]


    Clinical evaluation of purified Shilajit on testosterone levels in healthy volunteers [1]

    Therapeutic Potential of Fulvic Acid in Chronic Inflammatory Diseases and Diabetes [2]

    Shilajit: A Natural Phytocomplex with Potential Procognitive Activity [3]

    Fulvic acid inhibits aggregation and promotes disassembly of tau fibrils associated with Alzheimer's disease [4]

    Complement-fixing activity of fulvic acid from Shilajit and other natural sources [5]

    Effects of Shilajit on memory, anxiety and brain monoamines in rats [6],monoamine%20and%20monoamine%20metabolite%20levels.

    Mineral pitch induces apoptosis and inhibits proliferation via modulating reactive oxygen species in hepatic cancer cells [7]

    Shilajit: A panacea for high-altitude problems [8]

    Clinical evaluation of spermatogenic activity of processed Shilajit in oligospermia [9]

    Safety and efficacy of shilajit (mumie, moomiyo) [10]

    The effects of Shilajit supplementation on fatigue-induced decreases in muscular strength and serum hydroxyproline levels [11]

    Glycine- and GABA-mimetic Actions of Shilajit on the Substantia Gelatinosa Neurons of the Trigeminal Subnucleus Caudalis in Mice [12]

    Shilajit: evaluation of its effects on blood chemistry of normal human subjects [13]

    Cardioprotective effect of mumie (shilajit) on experimentally induced myocardial injury [14]

    Evaluation of safety profile of black shilajit after 91 days repeated administration in rats [15]

    Mumijo Traditional Medicine: Fossil Deposits from Antarctica (Chemical Composition and Beneficial Bioactivity) [16]

    The Human Skeletal Muscle Transcriptome in Response to Oral Shilajit Supplementation [17]

    Effect of Withania Somnifera and Shilajit on Alcohol Addiction in Mice [18]

    Humic + Fulvic acid mitigated Cd adverse effects on plant growth, physiology and biochemical properties of garden cress [19]

    Direct and Indirect Detoxification Effects of Humic Substances [20]

    Adsorption of Glyphosate by Humic Substances [21]

    Neutralization of the antimicrobial effect of glyphosate by humic acid in vitro [22]

    Effects of Fulvic Acid on Skin A brief literature review [23]

    Effects of a fulvic acid on the adsorption of mercury and cadmium on goethite [24]

    Yuan, Shenyuan; Fulvic Acid, 4 1988; in Application of Fulvic acid and its derivatives in the fields of agriculture and medicine; First Edition: June 1993 [25]

    Effect of fulvic acids on lead-induced oxidative stress to metal sensitive Vicia faba L. plant [26]

    Shilajit attenuates behavioral symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome by modulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and mitochondrial bioenergetics in rats [27]

    Effect of humic substances on mitochondrial respiration and oxidative phosphorylation [28]

    Therapeutic Potentials of "Shilajit Rasayana" - A Review [29]

    Spectroscopic characterization of fulvic acids extracted from the rock exudate Shilajit [30]

    Effect of fulvic and humic acids on performance, immune response and thyroid function in rats [31]

    Effects of shilajit on biogenic free radicals [32]


    Effect of Shilajit on Mouse Peritoneal Macrophages [34]

    Chemistry of shilajit, an immunomodulatory Ayurvedic rasayan [35]

    Effects of shilajit and its active constituents on learning and memory in rats [36]

    Antifungal activity screening and hplc analysis of crude extract from Tectona grandis, Shilajit, Valeriana wallachi [37]

    Parasympathomimetic effect of shilajit accounts for relaxation of rat corpus cavernosum [38]

    Hepatoprotective effects of Shilajit on high fat-diet induced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in rats [39]

    Protective Roles of Shilajit in Modulating Resistin, Adiponectin, and Cytokines in Rats with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease [40]

    Mumio (Shilajit) as a potential chemotherapeutic for the urinary bladder cancer treatment [41]

    Antiviral activity of natural humic substances and shilajit materials against HIV-1: Relation to structure [42]

    Profertility effects of Shilajit on cadmium-induced infertility in male mice [43]

    Evaluation of preventive effect of shilajit on radiation-induced apoptosis on ovaries [44]

    Shilajit extract reduces oxidative stress, inflammation, and bone loss to dose-dependently preserve bone mineral density in postmenopausal women with osteopenia: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial [45]

    In vitro evaluation of the antiviral properties of Shilajit and investigation of its mechanisms of action [46]

    Accelerating effect of Shilajit on osteogenic property of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) [47]

    Activation of Strychnine-Sensitive Glycine Receptors by Shilajit on Preoptic Hypothalamic Neurons of Juvenile Mice [48]

    Protective efficacy of Shilajit enriched diet on growth performance and immune resistance against Aeromonas hydrophila in Oreochromis mossambicus [49]

    Antiulcerogenic and antiinflammatory studies with shilajit [50]

    Development of dual crosslinked mumio-based hydrogel dressing for wound healing application: Physico-chemistry and antimicrobial activity [51]

    Skin Transcriptome of Middle-Aged Women Supplemented With Natural Herbo-mineral Shilajit Shows Induction of Microvascular and Extracellular Matrix Mechanisms [52]

    Effect of shilajit on the heart of Daphnia: A preliminary study [53]

    Ameliorative efficacy of bioencapsulated Chironomous larvae with Shilajit on Zebrafish (Danio rerio) exposed to Ionizing radiation [54]

    The spermatogenic and ovogenic effects of chronically administered Shilajit to rats [55]

    The Effects of Shilajit on Brain Edema, Intracranial Pressure and Neurologic Outcomes following the Traumatic Brain Injury in Rat [56]

    Antiepileptic and antipsychotic activities of standardized Śilājatu (Shilajit) in experimental animals [57]

    Novel Nutraceutical Compounds in Alzheimer Prevention [58]

    Oxidative stress induced by lead and antioxidant potential of certain adaptogens in poultry [59]

    Adaptogenic activity of Siotone, a polyherbal formulation of Ayurvedic rasayanas [60]

    Traditional Chinese and Indian medicine in the treatment of opioid-dependence: a review [61]

    Ferulic Acid Induces Keratin 6α via Inhibition of Nuclear β-Catenin Accumulation and Activation of Nrf2 in Wound-Induced Inflammation [62]

    Mumijo attenuates chemically induced inflammatory pain in mice [63]

    Efficacy of Momiai in Tibia Fracture Repair: A Randomized Double-Blinded Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial [64]

    Mummy Induces Apoptosis Through Inhibiting of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) in Human Breast Cancer Cells [65]

    Immunostimulant effect of a mixed herbal extract on infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) vaccinated chickens in the context of a co-infection model of avian influenza virus H9N2 and IBDV [66]

    Characterization and biological activities of humic substances from mumie [67]

    Phenol-Rich Compounds Sweet Gel: A Statistically More Effective Antibiotic than Cloxacillin Against Pseudomonas Aeruginosa [68]

    Role of humic acid on oral drug delivery of an antiepileptic drug [69]

    Evaluation of the Anxiolytic Activity of NR-ANX-C (a Polyherbal Formulation) in Ethanol Withdrawal-Induced Anxiety Behavior in Rats [70]

    The Effect of Mummy on Some Indices of Wound Healing in Mice [71]

    [Reparative regeneration of the bone tissue under the effect of mumie-asyl] [72]

    Ulcer healing activity of Mumijo aqueous extract against acetic acid induced gastric ulcer in rats [73]

    Erchuan Wang et al, Humic acid, 3 (1991) [74]

    Humic acid acts as a natural antidote of graphene by regulating nanomaterial translocation and metabolic fluxes in vivo [75]

    Mitigation in Multiple Effects of Graphene Oxide Toxicity in Zebrafish Embryogenesis Driven by Humic Acid [76]


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