As with any health product, it is important to ask yourself questions before adding it to your diet: Is it pure? Are the benefits worth the cost? Are there side effects? In the past, we’ve looked at the many benefits of shilajit, and the purity of our product. Today, we’re going to look at whether or not there are side effects of shilajit.
Possible Side Effects of Shilajit
As we have listed on our site, there are only a couple possible side effects of shilajit. These include increased uric acid (which can be a problem for people who already suffer from kidney stones, gouty arthritis, or gout), and increased iron (especially if you take other supplements which include iron). But, these side effects are extremely rare. And, scientific studies show that the benefits far outweigh the possible side effects.
Shilajit is Safe for Long Term Use
In 2012, a study was published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the “safety of shilajit by 91 days repeated administration” with test animals. At the end of the study, the iron levels were measured in each subject. The study concluded that “shilajit, an Ayurvedic formulation, is safe for long term use as a dietary supplement for a number of disorders like iron deficiency anaemia.”
The Use of Shilajit is Safe
In another study, researchers concluded that “studies in both animals and humans indicate that the use of shilajit is safe and generally free of adverse effects.” It is important to keep in mind that people in the Himalayas and across the world have been using shilajit for thousands of years. It plays an important role in the Ayurvedic medicine tradition. With so much history and tradition behind it, you can use shilajit without fear of adverse side effects.
Note for Pregnant Mothers and Those with Diabetes
It is important to understand there are no current studies of the effect of shilajit on pregnant or nursing women. Thus, you should avoid taking shilajit in both these situations. Additionally, if you have diabetes, you need to consult with a doctor before adding shilajit to your diet. Shilajit has the ability to naturally lower your blood glucose level – it is used as a treatment for diabetes. If you are already taking medication for this purpose you need to be careful.
Use Pure Shilajit to Avoid Side Effects
If you are worried about the side effects of shilajit, the best thing you can do to avoid them is to use only the highest quality, pure product. When you purchase shilajit that is in powder, capsule, or liquid form, you simply don’t know what other substances are mixed in. These can cause adverse side effects that you could attribute to the shilajit. Here at Premium Shilajit, we carefully harvest and prepare our product to ensure it is the purest shilajit available. View our certificate of analysis to learn more about the quality of our shilajit.