Shilajit could very well be one of the most useful supplements available today. It’s an ancient herbal substance containing over 85 minerals and trace elements the human body needs to function optimally and fulvic acid which helps the body absorb these minerals at a cellular level. Some of the alleged benefits include:
- Provides Energy and Revitalization
- Promotes Brain Health
- Regulates Hormones and Immune System
- Alleviates Pain Response
- May Help Manage Diabetes
- Helps Prevent and Protect from Cancer
- Fights Inflammation and Viruses
- Good for the Heart and Blood
I’ve been using Shilajit twice a day for the last few months, and the results have been incredible. I’ve been nursing an injury in my left forearm, and I’m sure this miracle substance has expidited the healing process for me. I’ve also been enjoying better memory capacity, and I mean really good memory capacity! For example in the past I could quickly look at a long series of numbers (say 20 numbers), and I could memorize about 5 numbers at a glance. I would then turn my head and type or write down the numbers as required. However after using Shilajit on a regular basis, I can now memorize up to 8 numbers at a glance!
Shilajit is found predominantly in Himalaya, Tibet mountains, Altai and Caucasus mountains. The color range varies from a yellowish brown to pitch-black, depending on composition. For use in Ayurvedic medicine the black variant is considered the most potent. Shilajit has been described as ‘mineral oil’, ‘stone oil’ or ‘rock sweat’, as it seeps from cracks in mountains due mostly to the warmth of the sun. There are many local legends and stories about its origin, use and properties, often wildly exaggerated. It should not be confused with ozokerite, also a humic substance, similar in appearance, but apparently without medicinal qualities.
Once cleaned of impurities and extracted, shilajit is a homogeneous brown-black paste-like substance, with a glossy surface, a peculiar smell and bitter taste. Dry shilajit density ranges from 1.1 to 1.8 g/cm3. It has a plastic-like behavior, at a temperature lower than 20°C (68°F) it will solidify and will soften when warmed. It easily dissolves in water without leaving any residue, and it will soften when worked between the fingers.
It is still unclear whether shilajit has a geological or biological origin as it has numerous traces of vitamins and amino acids. A shilajit-like substance from Antarctica was found to contain glycerol derivatives and was also believed to have medicinal properties.
Based on currently available studies, the bioactivity of shilajit lacks substantial evidence. The immuno-modulatory activity does not stand the test of critical assessment and is considered as unproven.
Shilajit has been the subject of scientific research in Russia and India since the early 1950s. In the former USSR, medical preparations based on mumiyo/shilajit are still being sold,further developed and investigated.
How I use Shilajit
I typically take a pea sized dose mixed with some warm goat’s milk before I eat breakfast and dinner.
Shilajit comes from the Sanskrit compound word shilajatu meaning “rock-conqueror”, which is the regular Ayurveda term. Other meanings include “winner of rock,” “rock invincible,” conqueror of mountains,” and “destroyer of weakness.”
Many websites recommend you make Shilajit part of your daily routine for a couple of months, but ideally, this miracle substance will be part of your lifetime routine.