One of the most prized medicines throughout Asia for the last few thousand years is the mineral Shilajit.
Known euphemistically as the “destroyer of weakness,” much can be learned about the incredible properties and benefits of Shilajit by understanding the process of how it is created.
Shilajit is created in a very unique way. It can be found high in the Himalayan mountains and mountains across Asia and is formed when vegetation is decomposed by the forces of nature.
During the decomposition process, it becomes compacted and crushed by the weight of the monstrous mountains. Thousands of plants are decomposed and melt together. Relentless pressure and the changing weather cause it to seep out from the cracks in the rocks.
For thousands of years, people that lived in the area have collected this tar-like substance and integrated it into their diets. Many travelers noticed the obvious health of the natives in the regions where Shilajit can be found.
They had endless energy, didn’t struggle with altitude like other athletes (who trained at high elevations), and seemed ageless. Since then, Shilajit has been adopted by many people, who take it via capsules or powders, as well as in its original, resin form.
Why Shilajit is beneficial
Laboratory analysis of Shilajit shows a complete spectrum of every essential mineral on the planet in ionic form – the most easily absorbable and assimilated by the human body. Also, scientists discovered amino acids, fulvic and humic acids, ellagic acid, fatty acids, and plant sterols, which tend to have a harmonizing effect on the hormonal/endocrine system, among many others.
Shilajit acts on many different systems in the body and it is a well-accepted adaptogen, which helps your body restore balance in many areas of life, including endurance, stamina, strength, stress-reduction, and energy.
One of the primary ways Shilajit does this is through its action on the endocrine system. Endocrine system control mood, libido, sleep-wake cycles, hair growth, cognition, energy, consciousness and much more. Therefore it should come as no surprise that Shilajit has long been appreciated for its ability to restore sexual function, promote cognitive abilities, reduce anxiety and stress, improve mood and generally extend one’s lifespan.
It has also been shown to reduce pain and inflammation, making it beneficial for those suffering from arthritis. Plus, it has a healing effect on the digestive tract, with the notable ability to repair ulcerated intestines and keep harmful bacteria in check.
Furthermore, it is a great re-mineralizer and detoxifier, removing heavy metals and replacing them with those the body needs for health and wellbeing. Also, it has been used to treat anemia, allergies, malnutrition, and broken bones.
Selecting quality Shilajit
Generally speaking, the best quality Shilajit is believed to originate from the Himalaya area. However, because Shilajit is rare and difficult to collect, the quality varies widely in the products currently available through numerous health food stores and websites worldwide.
The most sought after and rare form is the night-black mineral resin, with only a handful of companies selling it worldwide. However, there are many excellent, more affordable Shilajit products that come in a powdered form.
The vast majority of products available worldwide are actually diluted Shilajit powders. Pure Shilajit resin is composed of approximately 2% to 10% naturally occurring humic and fulvic acids with the remaining portion composed of minerals and other medicinal substances.
Authentic, quality Shilajit always has a distinct, strong piercing tar-like odor that is unmistakable. If the product you have does not have a noticeably intense smell or seems ‘faint’, then it is likely old or diluted Shilajit.