Other names Primavie


Shilajit is used by many people for its purported natural focus-boosting, memory-enhancing, mood-lifting, and energy-improving effects. But is it effective or are the good reviews due to hype and placebo effects? Read on to find out what the science says about Shilajit.

This nootropic has no healthy human placebo-controlled studies that meet our inclusion criteria. Negative side effects can occur if used carelessly, so make sure you’re aware of the risks of Shilajit.


Read about the effects of Shilajit in relation to the amount of evidence we've found

Why do people use shilajit?

People who self-experiment with shilajit often state they use it to improve their:

  • Energy
  • Physical performance
  • Mood
  • Memory
  • Focus

There is a lack of scientific evidence for the effectiveness of shilajit for any of these purposes, especially in healthy humans.

Can shilajit make you stronger?

Shilajit may be able to promote muscle strength, but more research is needed before it can be known if it is effective.

In a study in which 42 healthy recreationally-active men received shilajit, 500mg daily for 8 weeks was found to improve maximal muscular strength following a fatiguing protocol [1]. This means that supplementation with shilajit in high doses appears to improve strength performance in people who have already pushed themselves hard (to fatigue).

Can shilajit help you perform better cognitively?

No studies that examined the cognitive effects of shilajit in healthy humans have been published. It is not known whether it is an effective cognitive enhancer.

The author of one study concluded that shilajit exerted nootropic effects in rats [2]. Shilajit also has some neurochemical effects that make it a substance that should be investigated with further research.

However, no studies examined the cognitive effects of shilajit in healthy humans. The evidence available does not allow for confident valid conclusions as regards the efficacy of the substance as a cognitive enhancer in healthy humans.


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Last updated Saturday, June 10, 2023