DON’T BUY Shilajit Extract Powder Until You Read This

What is Shilajit?

“Genuine Shilajit is an abundant source of energy, mental clarity and powerful healing.”


Shilajit boosts your energy and mental clarity, allowing you to heal faster from injury and recover quicker from workouts. Shilajit is a natural, safe, effective product that has been used for thousands of years. It has strong antioxidant properties and promotes cellular respiration, immune system enhancement and anti-aging. It has also been taken as a safe replacement for ADHD medication, and a cure for jet lag.

My personal experience taking Shilajit has been smooth clear energy without a crash, faster recovery time after working out, no jet lag and better sleep.

Under Ayurvedic, Siberian shamanic and many Eastern healing traditions, Shilajit is considered a supreme healing substance. Traditionally, herbs are taken in tandem with genuine Shilajit. Shilajit resin has properties that help your body absorb the micro nutrients in herbal remedies increasing their potency four to five times. More about Shilajit Benefits

Limited Supply leading to Counterfeits

Shilijit Powder in Bowl

Due to its rarity Shilajit is the most counterfeited supplement in the world. A prime example of this is Shilajit powder – it is overwhelmingly a fake, and has almost none of the benefits of genuine resin.

“….Silajit resin is pure and effective.”

Imitations are often sold as Shilajit capsules, Shilajit extract and various “Shilajit powders”. In almost every case these are just counterfeits made with soil extractions. At best they are cut heavily with fillers.

There are only a handful of companies in the world manufacturing high quality Shilajit and I have tried them all. Even among companies that sell Shilajit resin, most of them have run out or lost their supply of quality Shilajit resin, and have had to switch to a lower quality resin to meet growing demand.

Shilajit Side Effects?

Good quality Silajit resin is pure. The only proven side effects related to Shilajit come from the contaminants in imitation or low quality extracts that haven’t undergone proper processing. Contaminants in these cheap imitations may include abnormally high levels of heavy metals that lead to poisoning and damage to organs.

Because of its biological nature Shilajit could in some isolated cases be contaminated with harmful bacteria like E. Coli or Staphylococcus. Which makes it important to buy a reputable and safe brand.

Genuine Shilajit resin when manufactured ethically is VERY SAFE to consume. Just be sure the merchant you purchase your Shilajit from offers a comprehensive Certificate of Analysis, and that they maintain proper documentation and labelling of batches. It is ultra-important to find a transparent and reputable supplier before you purchase Shilajit.

Nick and Damayanty Eberle

Nick and His Wife


NOTE FROM THE BLOGGER: I personally take Pürblack on a daily basis and highly recommend their brand as the best genuine Shilajit resin available. You can purchase from their website here.


Shilajit Review

When I started taking Shilajit it was in powder form. Big mistake!  It tasted like cow urine and I got splitting headaches and no positive benefits. I would have given up right then and there if I hadn’t been recommended it so avidly by one of my close friends.

So instead of quitting I took to Google. Only after I dug around a bit did I uncover the truth about powders vs. the genuine resin form.

“Only two days after I began to take a genuine Shilajit resin I was… ..sleeping better, I woke up with energy and that energy carried me through the entire day….”

Armed with this new truth I bought myself a container of genuine, Premium Shilajit and after two days I was hooked. I was sleeping better, I woke up with energy that carried me through the day, I had clarity in my thoughts and motivation to complete whatever task was at hand. I could really see why there was hype around Shilajit. Heck, I was hyping it myself!

It would have stopped there but because of the sharp contrast with my first experience I decided to go further, and experiment with Shilajit resin.

Ultimately I got hooked on the manufacturer Pürblack. From the first dose I could tell this is a superior Shilajit to anything I had tried on my journey previously.

I attribute this superior energy and clarity (even next to other quality resins) to the patent pending process they use to purify Purblack below 102 degrees. By purifying at a low temperature they are able to keep the enzymes alive, washing away any impurities and maintaining the most genuine and natural state the Shilajit resin. Thanks to this patented process it’s even technically raw.

I really have taken the time to research and test all the different Shilajit brands and only a handful provide a genuine experience. One thing that I found during this process is that despite many products being sold as “Shilajit” very few are a genuine, and I have given up on finding a single quality Shilajit capsule, Shilajit powder, or Shilajit extract.

“I absolutely love Pürblack and consume it daily!”

Shilajit is awesome! This is something that I take every morning when I wake up and  I, just like most people who try Shilajit, can’t live without the energy, focus and peace I enjoy when I am consuming it daily.

What is Shilajit used for?

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic doctors as a rule do not use pharmaceuticals, as they believe that a human body can heal itself better with natural substances. Naturopathic medicine has recently started to use Shilajit. Naturopathic doctors use it for the many benefits, efficacy and absence of side effects obtained from high-end Shilajit resin. Conventional naturopathic medicine still liberally borrows its Shilajit application from Ayurvedic and East European Traditions including Siberian Shamanism and Traditional Soviet Medicine.

“… a human body can heal itself better with natural substances.”

Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention of illness and maintaining optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage an individuals’ inherent self-healing powers. They seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate and suppress symptoms. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern scientific, as well as traditional and empirical methods. Naturopathy recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.

Naturopaths follow strict guidelines to avoid harming the patient: utilizing methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, and using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat. They avoid whenever possible the harmful suppression of symptoms, and acknowledge, respect and work with individuals’ self-healing processes.

Shilajit and Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is a traditionally established, alternative medicine system native to India. It is an ancient health practice that has many similarities to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) including its holistic and preventative approach. As with TCM, the aim of Ayurvedic medicine is to bring the body into balance. This is achieved through dietary change, the prescription of herbal medicines along with Shilajit and the regular practice of yoga asanas and meditation.

Shilajit is inherent to Ayurveda, and is considered a supreme healing substance by a foundational text of Ayurveda: Caraka Saṃhitā. This ancient medical text, containing 120 chapters, was a guide to Ayurvedic physicians in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for approximately 2,000 years. According to Caraka Saṃhitā, there is no curable diseases which can be cured without Shilajit. Shilajit was traditionally used as a “delivery system”, amplifier, harmonizer as well as a self-standing medication in Ayurveda.

Due to the popularity of Shilajit in ancient India all the way to present times, natural reserves of this medicinal substance were almost wiped out in India. Nowadays, most imitation products posing as “Shilajit” come from areas of the ancient Gupta Empire (today India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal). The Himalayas, once rich in Shilajit bearing rocks, currently are not capable of producing enough even for the wealthy users of India. Due to high demand over centuries, India has developed the capacity to manufacture fake Shilajit, a lot of which is being exported due to cheap manufacturing costs. The danger of such imitations has to do with the gasoline standard in India. The country still uses an obsolete leaded gasoline to fuel cars. It is very common to find abnormally high levels of lead and other environmental heavy metals in fake Shilajit.

Unadulterated Shilajit from the Himalayas is really rare and very expensive. If one is lucky enough to get this revered substance one can truly experience what Caraka Saṃhitā meant when it described Shilajit as a supreme healing material, and an ultimate ‘Rasayana’ or rejuvenator.

Shilajit and Siberian Shamanic medicine.

In Siberia, Shamans also served as physicians to local tribes. They performed not only spiritual duties but also healing ones. Being a shaman meant being a gatherer of knowledge and keeper of tradition. Northern tribes were not bound to Ahimsa (the way natives of India were), and a lot of their knowledge was gathered and tested in hunting expeditions.

They noted that wounded animals would lick a mysterious dark substance in the mountains and heal in a matter of days from severe injuries. The shamans who observed this animal practice attempted to replicate it. The results were good, but using the substance in its natural raw form was impractical. Usually it would be mixed with debris, sand, stones and plant leftovers. Washing, sifting and drying the residual yielded dark resin that stored indefinitely, could be carried easily, and treated many common ailments. The resin became known as Moomiyo – a northern name for Shilajit. Moomiyo was used in ways almost identical to Shilajit in Siberian holistic medicine.

Unfortunately, just like Shilajit, Moomiyo is often counterfeited and adulterated. It is common to “stuff” Moomiyo with undesirable excipients, increasing the weight but actually diminishing the amount of genuine Moomiyo. Just as with its identical twin brother Shilajit, authentic Moomiyo is rare, highly desirable, and expensive.

Shilajit in traditional Soviet medicine and Indian pharmaceutical science.

Shilajit, also known as Mumijo in Russian, was studied in depth in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s in the Soviet Union and India. Universities in both countries have contributed substantial scientific resources to exploring the substance in finding ways of using it to improve human health. Most interesting is that even though modern science established, that Shilajit is not a panacea and not a wonder drug, it turned out to be as close to that as possible. Mineral pitch was classified as a premium natural stimulator, which normalizes homeostasis of a human organism, and beneficially effects all bodily systems. Modern medical research showed, that Moomiyo has an effect on regeneration of damaged tissue, neutralizes various forms of radiation, improves blood profiles in an expedited way, is a nonspecific immune stimulator, possesses antiviral properties, effectively suppresses inflammation, keeps blood sugar low, normalizes hormonal levels and is highly beneficial in rehabilitation of a human body from various stressors.

Soviet Union and India were researching mineral pitch from the 50s in the last century. As far as scientific schools the approach was slightly different. If the Soviets focused primarily on medical aspects of Shilajit research, India approached the substance more from the pharmaceutical sciences angle. The Soviet pioneer of Mumijo was Dr. Adil Shakirov who with his followers than massive clinical trials and demonstrated efficacy of the substance. His research focused on tissue regeneration, overall health supporting effect and change of blood profiles in mineral pitch consumers. His “disciples” developed the research further in conjunction with radiation exposure, natural performance enhancement and anti-inflammatory properties. A noteworthy fact that Moomiyo-Shilajit was never used as a self standing drug. The Soviets influenced by the folk traditions used mineral pitch as a substance that allows the body to heal itself naturally. Patients would normally get their conventional treatments and consumption of mineral pitch was a holistic “auxiliary”.

The renowned Indian scientist dedicated to Shilajit research was Dr. S. Ghosal. His research was more pharmaceutical sciences driven with an attempt to understand the origins of Mumijo and standardization thereof. Dr. Ghosal with his associates researched Shilajit not only by itself but also in conjunction with other Ayurvedic herbs, showing how Shilajit can improve efficacy of herbal formulations.

“…..I am standing 100% behind my recommendation of Purblack.”

The fascinating aspect is that the Soviet and the Indian science confirmed many Shilajit applications practiced by the Ayurvedic and Shamanic healers of antiquity. We encourage you to take any Shilajit powder with “a grain of salt” and read up on the Benefits of Shilajit and dangers of imitation products.

For now I am standing 100% behind my recommendation of Purblack, but if you have any other brands that you have enjoyed feel free to comment bellow. I am always happy to review Shilajit products.


  1. Shielas Coggins Reply to Shielas

    Great post. I am continuously checking this
    blog and I’m impressed! Extremely useful information about Shilajit. Thank you and best of luck.

  2. James Krigly Reply to James

    Purblack is a shilajit paste… not a resin.

    • Nick Eberle Reply to Nick

      Thanks for the feedback. Purblack like any genuine Shilajit is a naturally occurring resin that can dissolve into water. Paste is typically used to describe a dry substance with moisture added, a paste. By that standard Purblack or any of the other shilajit suppliers I refer to are most definitely not a paste.

  3. Can you give any info on Peak Shilajit product? Is it safe and how good is it?

    Thank you

    • Nick Eberle Reply to Nick

      Going of dosage, size, price and it being a capsule I would say that it isn’t real Shilajit. Shilajit naturally occurs as a resin and you won’t find real Shilajit in powder or capsule form anywhere.

      • Yeah, sadly you are right. I bought a bottle from them and after that I sent several emails asking them if they can show their COA or give any guarantee about safety of their product but they never replied. I sent another email asking for refund without any answer whatsoever. This bottle goes to the garbage bin because I don’t want to consume poison. I should have done more research before ordering from them so I wouldn’t have become a victim of this scam.

  4. Hi Nick,
    Just purchased Shilajit powder from Pristine nutrition here in my neighborhood. It is a cold water extract but now I have my doubts after reading your review. The guy selling it was talking about water purification and is very knowledgeable, albeit a trip. I would like to know if this is a valid quality Shilajit and call them up tomorrow . Here us their site:
    You prob know much more. Would appreciate some checking into (I have not opened the bottle yet). Thank You

    • Nick Eberle Reply to Nick

      Thanks for asking Sabine,

      It is definitely not real Shilajit. There are a couple ways to tell this.
      1. It is powder I know that is a blanket statement all powders are fake but it not a natural form for Shilajit.
      2. A serving size of a tablespoon, real Shilajit taking more then a pea sized ball would be excessive.
      3. Price genuine Shilajit ranges in price from 2.60-5 a gram retail you can’t purchase genuine resin unprocessed in 1000 kilo orders for their retail price.


  5. Ann Serff Reply to Ann

    I have several bags of shilajit in powder form from Longevity Warehouse…have you tested this?

  6. What about Dragon Herbs High Mountain Shilajit?

    Thanks for your comments,

  7. I have purchased a pill product that lists shilajit as one of its ingredients. Do you think it is legitimate

  8. Gayle Murphy Reply to Gayle

    I have used PurBlack brand shilajit for a couple of months. I recently decided to try another provider to see if there is any difference. The company is named Lotus Blooming Herbs. Both product looks very similar except one is a bit softer than the other. Do you have an opinion of Lotus Blooming Herbs quality of shilajit?

    • Nick Eberle Reply to Nick

      I am a big fan of Purblack Shilajit because of their quality control. Lotus Blooming Herbs has good Shilajit but I feel you get better quality and quality control for a lower price from Purblack.

  9. How would you compare fulvic acid products (for example Optimally Organic, Supreme Fulvic, Mother Earth’s Labs etc.) with shilajit? Are they good? They say these fulvic acid containing products must not be used with tap water because chlorine in it makes them carcinogenic. How about shilajit? It contains fulvic acid – can it be used with tap water?

    • Nick Eberle Reply to Nick

      Shilajit is a pure and natural form of Fulvic acid. A Fulvic acid supplement (and Shilajit powder also) is essentially this packaged for supplementing because consumers asked for it. As for water it’s recommended you take Shilajit with purified water, but it would probably be safe with tap water.

  10. Jonathan Bartky Reply to Jonathan

    I just bought a bag of sunfood shilajit at my local health food store. it is a powder and I paid a lot of money for it. I am willing to try purblack as well. Are you saying that the powder I bought doe not really have shilajit in it and that I will not get the benefits of this herbally remedy?
    Let me know.

  11. Hey ,

    I know you don’t believe in powder form and I agree with on all accounts – natural state is always the best. But what about Swanson Vitamins Shilajit Capsules.

    They have purity and potenency certificates- is that a purity in the powder form?

    Thanks once again, a fantastic read!


    • Nick Eberle Reply to Nick

      Most powders are genuinely pure and clean so they will pass lab tests. The problem is that Shilajit is a natural resin with trace minerals that develops over 10 thousand years, it can’t be found as a powder only counterfeited.

  12. george nicolaou Reply to george

    hi nick i am taking coq10 from life extension with shilajit (prima vie shilajit fulvic acid complex) prima vie is a trade mark what is your opinion?

    • Nick Eberle Reply to Nick

      I am confident a brand as big as Premavie isn’t selling a dangerous Shilajit counterfeit, however you can be confident that it is not genuine Shilajit purely based on its powder form.

  13. Hi NIck
    Very interesting article , , But please can you check this video and comment.. Because they are testing powder form and claiming its genuine…

    • Nick Eberle Reply to Nick

      Yes, basically they are dealing with properties of fulvic acid (can be purchased for plant fertilizer at Home Depot) There is no reason to create a Shilajit powder the substance is rare and harvested in resin form. It sells thousands of dollars a kilo on the wholesale market and is shelf stable.

      There is no reason to undergo further processing to make it a powder and if it did the price would be higher not lower. The reason for the lower cost is that it is essentially different elements of the makeup of shilajit purchased as bulk isolates from dirt and hummus then remixed to create what is popularly sold.

  14. Ji Won Reply to Ji

    Hi Nick,

    Do you know if there is any contraindication of taking Shilajit for those with auto immune disease? Such as lupus. Thanks

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