Shilajit FAQ

What Is Shilajit?

Shilajit is a rare tonic substance originally discovered in the mountainous regions of the Himalayas. It has been used for thousands of years as a Rasayana substance in Ayurveda (the traditional health care system of India), and is regarded by many herbalists as the most important herbal supplement of Ayurveda. Shilajit is believed to assist other herbs it is consumed with, making them more potent and more effective. Correctly processed Shilajit is extremely safe. It is suitable in small doses for almost everyone on a regular basis, and in higher doses for those who seek to increase vitality and strength, and by those who wish to cleanse the tissues of the body.

Shilajit is classified as a biogenic stimulant naturally made from fermented plants. It takes no less than fifty years for the plants to ferment naturally, and produce metabolites and other biologically active substances. This fermentation takes place under specific atmospheric conditions such as: solar radiation, extreme change of temperatures, high altitudes, presence of medicinal plants, precipitation, etc… This organic wonder of nature turns into a raw material known as shilajit, bearing rocks. These rocks are collected and purified, artisanally made into Shilajit resin. Shilajit is a powerhouse of nutrients, natural elements, and biologically active organic substances that the human body can easily assimilate. Authentic and genuine shilajit quickly shifts human chemistry towards health and longevity. known active ingredients in shilajit are humic & fulvic acid.

Shilajit is an ancient herbal substance containing a wide spectrum of 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. Shilajit has been consumed as a dietary supplement and super food for thousands of years in India and Asia because of the many benefits it provides.

It has been used in the traditional Ayurvedic wellness system of India for thousands of years for a variety of health benefits and is considered to be an important Rasayana (rejuvenator). Shilajit is a Sanskrit word meaning “rock-invincible”, “conqueror of mountains”, or “destroyer of weakness”. It is believed to be a powerful adaptogen, which balances and strengthens the body allowing it to function at an optimal level. Ancient texts also refer to Shilajit as the “elixir of evergreen life”.

Ayurveda also considers Shilajit to be an adaptogen, or an herb that supports the body’s natural resistance to stress. It has also been used by many traditional Ayurvedic practitioners as a catalyst to boost the strength of other herbal supplements.

The potency of Shilajit is considered to be dependent upon the area, altitude, type and color of rock it is collected from, as well as the purification technique used to separate the shilajit from the rock.

What does modern scientific research say about Shilajit?

Scientific research has identified micro minerals, trace elements and organic humic/fulvic acids in shilajit as well as antioxidant properties. These elements validate the health supporting characteristics long ascribed to shilajit by Ayurveda.

Essential minerals and trace elements are well established as vital to many different functions and processes in the body. Fulvic and humic acids have more recently been discovered to enhance bioavailability of nutrients.

What do Ayurvedic texts say about Shilajit?

The Charaka Samhita (5000 year old Ayurvedic text) addresses Shilajit in a chapter on rejuvenation therapy (rasayana). It claims that Shilajit is effective for all imbalances when used at the right time and in combination with appropriate herbal formulas. It also mentions that when a healthy person consumes shilajit it results in strength, stamina and energy.

The Sushruta Samhita (3000 year old Ayurvedic text) echoes these benefits and states that, when Shilajit is taken regularly, it promotes a complexion and strength of the body.

The Astanga Hrdayam (essence of the eight branches of Ayurveda) also details the many benefits of Shilajit and declares that it is the best rejuvenator.

Is Shilajit vegan?

Yes. Shilajit is 100% vegan.

How is Shilajit made and purified?

Many millions of years ago, plants and organic matter were trapped by layers of rock in mountainous regions of India and Tibet. The pressure from the weight of the mountains and the extreme temperature changes of the Himalayas causes the plants to be transformed into a rich mineral mass that flows out of the rocks. This is Shilajit. This process takes many millions of years to produce the rich resinous substance. 

In the summer months Shilajit can be seen glistening on the surface of the steep rocky cliffs. For millennia, the mountain peoples of the Himalayas have carefully hand collected this very special gift of nature. It is then purified according to traditional Tibetan methods using only spring water to produce the ultra pure Shilajit.

There are several purification techniques, but the traditional Tibetan technique produces the purest resin. The rocks containing Shilajit are broken up and then soaked in pure mountain spring water. Shilajit, which is water soluble, dissolves into the water and then the sediment is filtered out. The liquid is then put out in the sun to evaporate the water content. This process is repeated 7 times until the Shilajit is ultra pure. In the final process the Shilajit is heated to remove any remaining moisture and destroy any possible microbes and spores that may be present. Minerals and fulvic acids are not affected by heat. As pure Shilajit is millions of years old there are no valuable nutrients or enzymes to be “killed off”.

*Beware of Shilajit brands that claim their products to be raw. Raw Shilajit may contain microbes and spores that can be dangerous.

LaJit tests all purified Shilajit at a third party, cGMP, USFDA Registered Laboratory for safety and purity.

Where do you source your Shilajit from?

Our Gold Grade Shilajit Resin is harvested by hand, high in the mountains of the Himalayas. Gold Grade Shilajit is only present at higher altitudes (above 15,000 feet) so our ultra rare resin is not easy to source. After the best resin is collected it goes through a traditional purification process using spring water and heat to remove impurities. Once filtered and dried properly we ship our Shilajit to a U.S. cGMP certified facility to be bottled and tested at a 3rd party lab. Once deemed safe for consumption it’s stocked in our warehouse and shipped to customers across the country. 

Are there different grades of Shilajit?

Yes! The purity and potency depends on the location and altitude that Shilajit is harvested from. Very few people are aware that there are in fact four different qualities of Shilajit. Only the highest grade (Gold Grade) is considered to have all of the legendary properties Shilajit is famous for. When any of the four grades of Shilajit are purified the result will be a black tar like resin. In order to identify the grade, one must first see the color and type of rock the raw Shilajit is found in before it is purified. The most effective Shilajit comes from the highest points of the Himalayas, approximately 16,000 – 18,000 feet above sea-level.

How does Shilajit work?

A great many health issues can be traced to mineral or nutrient deficiencies. Chemical farming (through pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, etc) and irrigation have removed natural minerals and beneficial microbes from our agricultural land and the plants that grow on it. Shilajit contains many of the vital minerals and trace elements needed for energy reactions in our cells and high percentages of fulvic acid to help transport these minerals deep into the body. The minerals in Shilajit are in ionic form, which means that the body can easily absorb and move them to areas where they are needed.

In Ayurveda, gold grade Shilajit is believed to be a rasayana or rejuvenation substance. Shilajit is said to have the unique ability to bring the essence of any tissue system (dhatu). For example, the essence of muscle (mamsa) is to give shape, the essence of blood (rakta) is to bring life, and the essence of the marrow/nervous system (maja) is to bestow knowledge.

Shilajit’s uses in Ayurveda are legendary. It is also commonly used for a myriad of supportive measures including increased energy, mental clarity and muscle recovery. It is famous in India for its support of a healthy reproductive system in both men and women.

How do I take Shilajit?

To consume, simply dissolve Shilajit in warm water, tea or milk and drink. Alternatively one can dissolve it under the tongue or simply swallow a portion with water if the taste is too unpleasant.

We recommend starting with a rice grain to pea sized portion, one to three times a day for general well being. Amount can be increased for greater energy and effect.

*Traditional Ayurvedic instructions recommend that Shilajit be dissolved in hot organic milk or taken with ghee (clarified butter) or raw, unpasteurized honey to increase delivery to the body. If you follow a plant based diet you may substitute the previously mentioned products with sesame oil or coconut oil. Follow with a cup of hot water. If one has a Pitta constitution ghee is recommended, for Vata sesame oil, and for Kapha honey is best.

How long does Shilajit take to work?

Many people report experiencing benefits after just a few doses of shilajit. For maximum benefits, we recommend taking one to three portions of Shilajit per day over a 6-8 week period.

Results can vary. Many of our customers tell us they realize benefits within one to two weeks. Many others report feeling a difference immediately. Still others say that it calms them and promotes sleep. Shilajit is an adaptive substance and, depending on the individual, benefits can be very different and wide ranging.

Is Shilajit safe?

Absolutely- Shilajit has been used for centuries in Ayurveda for its benefits. Our product is naturally purified with filtered spring water and then laboratory tested for safety and purity.

We test each and every batch of shilajit at an independent, cGMP certified, FDA registered, third party laboratory here in the USA. Testing is done to California Prop 65 regulations which are the most rigid in the world for heavy metals. California Prop 65 limits are so tough that drinking water, vegetables and fruit were made exempt from testing because they cannot meet these standards.

Links to our most recent tests can be viewed in the “Safety and Purity” section.

The standard supplement disclaimer applies: If you are pregnant or lactating or under a doctor’s care for any health condition you should consult with your physician before taking this or any other supplement.

Can I give Shilajit to my child?

Shilajit is a very potent and powerful substance. Therefore we do not recommend giving it to children.

Are there any contraindications?.

There is a very small trace amount of phenylalanine, an essential amino acid. All products containing phenylalanine are contraindicated in people who have been diagnosed with the genetic disorder PKU (phenylketonuria).

The standard supplement disclaimer applies: If you are pregnant or lactating or under a doctor’s care for any health condition you should consult with your physician before taking this or any other supplement.

What do I do if my Shilajit is very hard?

Pure Shilajit becomes very hard when cool and soft and gooey when warm. This unique quality of changing consistency in concert with ambient temperature is only found with 100%  pure and genuine Shilajit and is an important indication of authenticity. If your Shilajit is hard, please put your container in your pocket and your own body heat should be enough to soften it after 5-10 minutes.

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