Taste and Color
Shilajit is a thick, sticky tar-like substance with a colour ranging from white to dark brown (the latter is more common). iIs tastes extremely bitter and earthy with a peculiar smell.
How is Shilajit Harvested?
Shilajit is often found in between cracks of large rocks. It occurs naturally after an organic matter dies and mixes with microbial metabolites and minerals from different sources (soil, water, etc.). After fermentation period, they naturally come out of the rocks due to the sun’s heat, and this is when they are harvested. They are manually scraped from the rocks and then processed to remove impurities. The outcome is a homogeneous paste-like material in dark brown to black in color. It appears glossy with a bitter taste and a peculiar smell.
Shilajit is the king of all ancient medicines used to treat many curable diseases. The plant contains over 80 minerals that support the body and these minerals have an incredible effect on our health. These include the richest source of all types of minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients. Shilajit contains several potent substances including antioxidants, humic and fulvic acid. It contains a wide variety of components, each of which may be responsible for some of its many benefits. A few of these include: eldagic acid, triterpenes, sterols, aromatic carboxylic acids, 3,4-benzocoumarins, amino acids, polyphenols, phenolic lipids, polysaccharides, lignins, dibenzo-α-pyrones (this one acts as a carrier of the other components).
Shilajit is known as the “Destroyer of Weakness and the Conqueror of Mountains.” It is thought to be one of the most popular herbs in the traditional Indian system of Ayurveda medicine. Shilajit does wonders for those who want to increase their physical performance. It improves recovery after a workout, increases stamina, improves physical weakness as well as brain functioning.It may even promote natural strength gain and muscle mass. It can also be used as a mood stabilizer and has anti-ageing properties. It also helps fight bacterial infections and strengthens the immune system. It is also useful in tissue regeneration, maintaining healthy sugar levels and as a cognitive enhancer.
How to use?
- Scoop out 200mg of the Shilajit using a spoon.
- Add this to hot milk, water or tea and stir properly till it dissolves completely. (You can even add honey for some extra sweetness if you want)
- Drink this every day on an empty stomach and wait for the miracle to happen.
Shilajit contains these ingredients:
- Fulvic acid
- 85 different essential minerals in ionic form
- Amino Acid
- Another nutrient
- Don't take shilajit if you have sickle cell anemia (blood disorder), hemochromatosis (increased iron in the blood) or thalassemia (a genetic disorder).
- If you are currently taking any medication please consult with a doctor before using shilajit.
- Avoid using multivitamins when taking shilajit.
- Consult a doctor if you experience increased heart rate, skin rash or dizziness after taking shilajit.
- Gives relief from joint pain
- It is a natural supplement for exercise
- It helps to increase testosterone
- Increases sex drive
- Increases sperm count and motility
- Helps in treating erectile dysfunction (inability to get/keep an erection)
Who can use it?
Male and females above the age of 18 can use Shilajit in a specific dosage.
If used in the right way and dosage, Shilajit is not associated with any serious side effects.
In cases where someone takes iron supplements along with Shilajit, it could lead to building up of an excess iron in the blood, as Shilajit contains a pretty high amount of iron.
In very rare cases, it could aggravate gout or lower the blood pressure. But apart from those three cases, Shilajit is perfectly safe even in higher than normal quantities.
Side effects from Shilajit may be indicative of a low-quality Shilajit, or something that claims to be Shilajit but is not really so.
Be aware that many Shilajit supplements on the market aren’t exactly what they’re reported to be. Some of these contain fertilizer. Others contain toxic heavy metals. Be sure you’re getting the right stuff.
Possible fulvic acid side effects may similarly occur, if taken in an isolated form, as it’s not in the same arrangement that a real Shilajit will be in.
For many, Shilajit is best taken with food to minimize any lightheadedness that can occur.
However, it’s always a good idea to listen to your body and stop taking Shilajit if you notice symptoms of an allergic reaction, which may include nausea, dizziness, increased heart rate, itchiness etc.
Keep in mind that this counts for everything we ingest and there were no reported cases of severe allergic reactions to Shilajit.
Of course, it’s always best to talk to your physician before taking any supplements, especially in cases where you already take prescribed drugs.
If you take a very high dose, Shilajit might increase uric acid levels which in turn can lead to increased bile levels resulting in more problems. However, this happens only when a very large dose is administrated.
It is important to note that Shilajit may reduce blood pressure in some cases and should not be taken by anyone who has an active heart condition.
Shilajit is not suitable for pregnant or lactating women.