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What is shilajit? Does it have any proven health benefits, and is heavy metal contamination a concern?
Shilajit is a black-brown substance, sometimes called "mineral pitch," which is produced from the decomposition of plant material. It contains fulvic acid, which preliminary studies suggest has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as very small amounts of minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. Shilajit supplements have been promoted for a wide range of uses, including boosting testosterone levels and improving fertility in men, improving digestive and skin disorders, anxiety, bronchitis, epilepsy, preventing Alzheimer's disease, lowering cholesterol or blood sugar, and boosting blood levels of CoQ10 or minerals, but there is very little clinical evidence to support these uses.
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