Updated: Jun 30
Shilajit is a rare mineral pitch resin that has been recognized as a powerful medicine for thousands of years, and in the Ayurvedic tradition it is believed to be a complete Panacea (cure all). This black mineral resin is considered a supreme "Rasayana," or rejuvenator (India's term for Tonic), and is recognized by science today as one of the 8 authentic and primary adaptogenic substances in existence. Revered for it's nootropic qualities, shilajit is also known as an Ayurvedic "Medyha Rasayana," meaning "rejuvenator of intellect." Shilajit is about as rare as uranium, and is found at high elevations within rural mountain ranges, between 2,000-14,000 feet. It is a black tar-like substance that exudes from steep rocks at certain times of the year, and must be processed in order to access the profound medicinal constituents it offers.
What is this unique substance made of?
Many theories have been postulated, but most scientists agree that Shilajit and its raw mountain mineral pitch resins are distinct from mineral tar in that they are from wholly herbaceous origins. Shilajit is primarily believed to be composed of prehistoric (thousands, potentially millions of years old) humified plant life. Still, some researchers think Shilajit could possibly contain minerals from decomposed marine invertebrates or even animal life like dinosaurs. (So is it vegan? Well... if you consider minerals from the earth vegan, then yes, we're pretty sure it's vegan. ;)
This prehistoric plant (and possibly some animal) life has been fully broken down and humified within layers of rock to render a uniquely bioavailable mineral and Fulvic/Humic acid combination. Fulvic and Humic acids are powerful antioxidants and a crucial part of soil health. When combined with the broad spectrum micro-nutrients and amino acids found in shilajit, a proportionate perfection of beneficial compounds synergistically absorb into and nourish the human body in a profound and unrivaled way! There is literally no other substance like it in existence, and due to the lengthy process of its creation and limited supply, we must use it responsibly to ensure it is available for future generations.
What kind of health benefits is Shilajit known for?
Essentially, it is a prime adaptogen with harmonizing and regulating properties, providing the body with a comprehensive profile of bioavailable ionic minerals (85 or more), plus amino acids, and a host of antioxidants including fulvic and humic acids.
Shilajit's traditional uses include: Detoxification of heavy metals and inorganic compounds; hepato-protectant (protects the liver), strengthening the bones, teeth, hair, nails, and all structurally related aspects of the body; increasing energy, stamina, endurance, and recovery from injuries; relieving altitude sickness; promoting healthy body weight; nourishing the kidneys and adrenals; supporting the reproductive system and enhancing fertility; strengthening the heart; improving immune function and auto-immune related issues; anti-anxiety (anxiolytic); stress relieving properties; supporting proper digestion and absorption of nutrients; relieving stomach ulcers; enhancing brain function and memory; regulating blood sugar levels in diabetics; nourishing the skin; protecting cellular integrity; and balancing our mineral and vitamin profile offering comprehensive nutrition.