Shilajit as a substance should not have side effects but that doesn’t mean it has a clean history. If you get a counterfeit or low-quality shilajit, side effects can be devastating. In this article, I will discuss some of the potential side effects of bad shilajit. I hope after reading this you will have a clear picture of why quality control is so important with shilajit and why you absolutely need to buy shilajit from a source that has a high level of technology and an emphasis on quality.
Side Effects of Shilajit
So let’s get into some of the side effects you can experience when you take a low-quality resin or especially with powders. If you start to notice any of these stop taking shilajit immediately. It is not worth loosing your health because you think that a supplement is helping you.
Allergic Reactions To Unknown Content
It is not that uncommon for people to get allergic reactions to unspecified herbs and substances inside shilajit. In India, a lot of different things are cut into shilajit powders to give them theoretical benefits. Genuine shilajit is hypoallergenic so if you get an allergic reaction you have a case of an adulterated product. Here are some of the herbs and substances that are commonly cut into shilajit powders:
- Fulvic Acid
- Vitamin B12
Uric Acid buildup/poisoning
As scary as it sounds it is not that rare for a company to get one COA and then duplicate it on all future production runs and some of the contaminants in cheap shilajit can cause a buildup of uric acid in your blood that might lead to gout.
Gout is a nasty and preventable disease that causes your joints to swell up like arthritis. It is very painful and usually gets the toes first but can also start in the finger joints or knees.
Like the previous one this just comes from a lack of proper testing or any testing at all but with shilajit forming in the cracks of natural rock formations it is completely possible for the resin to pick up lead and without a proper modern lab and high-quality control standards it is easy for unsafe levels of lead to be present in shilajit like in the case of Dabur Shilajit Gold a few years ago.
Same as with the lead poisoning shilajit can contain arsenic and right now one of the most popular sources of authentic shilajit resin from the Himalayas is flirting with the edge of “safe” levels of arsenic in their shilajit.
So to sum up the article, know who your getting your resin from and don’t fall for hype marketing about how close to the source a company is. What really matters is how it is processed and purified so you get the cleanest yet still unadulterated resin you can find. It is no secret I take Purblack shilajit but if you do go to another company go for a good one (I have heard great things about Pure Shilajit).