What is the Difference between Shilajit & Fulvic Acid Supplements?
The term “Shilajit” often comes up when searching for Fulvic acid. In this article we explain the the differences between Shilajit and Fulvic Acid, as well as the benefits of one over the other.
Where Do They Come From?
Fulvic Acid Supplements are derived from Humic clay mineral products that are the results of the natural decomposition of nutrient rich prehistoric vegetation. Nature’s Fulvic Supplements come from the Humate-rich Wasatch Mountains in Central Utah, and contain more than 70 plant source minerals and 12.5% Humic/Fulvic acid.
Shilajit is a thick, sticky tar-like substance found among the rocks of the Himalayan Mountains. It also contains many minerals as well Humic acids (including Fulvic Acid). Because it is only available in the Himalayan mountains, all Shilajit is imported from outside the U.S.
3 Major Differences Between Shilajit & Fulvic Acid Supplements
1. Standard Amount of Fulvic Acid in Supplements
Nature’s Fulvic Daily Fulvic Acid Mineral Supplements are manufactured to provide a standardized amount of 12.5% Humic/Fulvic Acid.
Many Shilajit products – because they are not manufactured in the US – do not follow manufacturing standardization and do not indicate (or know) what percentage of actual Fulvic acid they contain.
Let’s use an example:
Nature’s Fulvic Daily Fulvic Acid Mineral Supplements:
680 mg; 12.5% Fulvic Acid = 85 mg Fulvic Acid per serving
Jarrow Shilajit Fulvic Acid:
250 mg; No percentage established = ?? mg Fulvic Acid per serving
Dragon Herbs, High Mountain Shilajit:
450 mg; No percentage established = ?? mg Fulvic Acid per serving
2. Manufacturing Standards: Fulvic Acid Supplements vs. Shilajit
Nature’s Fulvic Acid Supplements are made in the United States – with Humate from the United States – following strict FDA manufacturing, bottling and labeling practices. However Shilajit may contain impurities and toxins, because it originates from other countries where health standards and regulations are not as strict.
In fact, certain Shilajit-containing products have been found to contain high levels of toxins and heavy metals including lead, mercury, and arsenic. Sadly, several cases of lead poisoning have been reported from Shilajit products sold in India and in the United States.
According to Health Canada and Medical News Today, Shilajit capsules manufactured by a company called Dabur India Ltd. contained high amounts of lead and mercury, and in some cases, arsenic.
Additionally, Shilajit is often sold in its raw or unprocessed form, and may contain fungus growth. And, some forms of Shilajit may also contain high levels of free radicals, which could cause damage cells and cellular structures in the body.
3. Side Effects of Shilajit vs. Fulvic Acid Supplements
While any natural remedy should always be cleared with your personal Doctor, Fulvic acid has no know side effects. In fact, WebMD states that they currently have no information for any Fulvic acid interactions.
This means that Fulvic Acid Supplements are safe for almost everybody, regardless of medical condition or other medications or supplements you are taking. However this is NOT the case with Shilajit.
Shilajit may dangerously lower blood pressure in some individuals that may cause fainting, dizziness or falls. This can be particularly unsafe for certain individuals with any type of suspected or diagnosed heart conditions.
And while preliminary evidence suggests that Fulvic Acid may benefit type 2 Diabetes, Shilajit may adversely affect diabetics. Type 2 diabetics with low blood sugar may feel faint, weak, or unbalanced due to the effects of Shilajit in their system.
Shilajit also contains high concentrations of iron – so taking Shilajit with multivitamins that contain iron could lead to an overdose, bloody vomit, diarrhea, loss of consciousness, loss of skin color and shock.
All Fulvic Acid Supplements are NOT Created Equal
So, when searching for Fulvic Acid supplements, do not be fooled by Shilajit based Fulvic and humic acids. For all of the reasons listed above, sticking to a US made Fulvic Acid Supplement (derived from US Humate) is your safest, strongest and most standardized option.
Nature’s Fulvic Acid Supplements are manufactured in the United States with US Humate, under strict regulation and are of the highest quality available. They contain 100% organic ingredients, including: electrolytes; every essential Amino Acid; and more than 70 organic plant-source minerals.
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