Shilajit (shilajeet) literally means the conqueror of mountains. It is perhaps one of the most powerful rejuvenators found in nature, and has been used and abused in equal measure for its almost miraculous properties. Ayurvedic texts like the Charaka Samhita and Susruta Samhita mention it as a cure for all diseases as well as a potent rejuvenator that can add years to life, and life to years. Charaka, one of the original masters of Ayurveda, claimed that there is no curable disease on Earth which cannot be effectively cured by the use of shilajit. The Susruta Samhita further states that when taken over a period of time, it adds strength to the body and improves the complexion. Vagbhata, author of the Ashtānga hridayasamhitā concurs with this observation and anoints it as the most potent rejuvenator.
Silajit, or salajeet as it is also sometimes spelled, is not an herb or plant. It derives from a mineral-rich tar like substance that oozes out of the Himalayan rock when exposed to sunlight. It is a complex substance that contains at least 85 minerals in ionic form, fulvic acid, humic acids and other contents that include nutrients, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, phytochemicals etc. The fulvic acid present is natural and pure, and aids in the transportation of minerals and nutrients deep into the cell by dilating the cell walls. This explains why many herbs seem to be more potent and effective when given with this supplement. It can be used as an adjuvant for any treatment as it aids the recovery process and adds strength to the body. It is as an aphrodisiac and rejuvenator that shilijit is used most. Shilajit uses include treatments for disorders of the nervous system like epilepsy or mental derangement, and in chronic skin diseases including leprosy. As a medicine, it is used in a host of other conditions like weakness, nervous debility, asthma, stress, diabetes, obesity, arthritis and in digestive disorders.
Servings per container: 60/90
Each 500 mg capsule contains:
•Raw Shilajit Extract 500 mg
Suggested Use: 1-2 capsule(s) per day, or as directed by your health practitioner.
This item is cruelty-free and contains no animal products. It is safe for consumption for vegetarians and vegans.
Please consult with your healthcare practitioner before using this product if you are pregnant or nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition. Keep out of the reach of children.
A shilajit supplement is safe when used as a general restorative and can be used daily in appropriate therapeutic doses. The supplement can be used to help add vigor and vitality to life, prevent free radical damage, manage conditions like renal calculi, frequent urination, urinary tract infections, stress and post partum health, and treat infertility.
Scientific studies suggest the following benefits:
•Chronic fatigue syndrome*
Cautions and Contraindications:
Individuals with cardiac problems should consult with their doctor before starting a course. Diabetics should consult their doctor. If you do experience dizziness, tachycardia (increased heart rate) or develop a rash, stop using it and consult a doctor. In most cases, the quality of supplement used is at fault rather than the shilajit itself. Additives and spurious substances are common and pose a serious health hazard, of which heavy metal (lead, mercury and arsenic) poisoning is the most common. Natural shilajit and unprocessed forms should not to be taken as they might contain high levels of free radicals or fungus. Care needs to be taken in selecting the right brand. Keep out of the reach of children.
How to take shilajit?
Shilajit powder can be dissolved in hot milk and taken twice daily. Capsules and pills can be taken with warm water or warm milk. As is the case with all rasayanas, best results are when taken on an empty stomach before meals. Pills and capsules are easy to administer and therapeutically effective, and also the best way to take shilajit. Do not take chilled water, aerated drinks or alcohol immediately after taking shilajit.
What is shilajit?
Shilajit is neither a plant, nor is it derived from animals. It is a mineral-rich tar like substance that oozes out of the Himalayan rock when exposed to sunlight. This exudation is primarily found to happen in the May, June and July. It is a powerful rejuvenator and when added to other natural herbs, it facilitates their delivery deep into the cells, an action which potentiates the efficacy of the herb. It has been employed by Ayurvedic physicians since the ancient times to slow down the ageing process, improve libido, and in the treatment of a host of conditions.
Where can you buy Shilajit?
Shilajit is a rare product due to the limited sources available. As such, a majority of the supplements might not be pure shilajit, but ‘improved’ varieties. You would find developed countries prohibiting the sale of some products due to heavy metal content. We are proud of the Ayurvedic supplements we offer at Jiva Botanicals. All of our ingredients are of the highest quality, ethically sourced, and free of harmful heavy metals, chemicals and additives. We believe that Jiva Botanicals is in the running for the best shilajit brand and is a place where you can buy original shilajit online.
Does shilajit work?
Ancient Indian Ayurvedic practitioners made good use of this thick, blackish-brown, sticky substance. It was, and still remains the first choice for an Ayurvedic physician who wants to improve the quality of life in a patient. Although there are not many clinical studies on shilajit, the ones conducted show the immense potential of this wonderful rock-exudate in a host of conditions. An online search would reveal shilajit reviews from patrons who cannot but speak highly of this wonderful substance.
What is the recommended dosage?
The shilajit dosage depends on the individual’s age, height, weight, general health and the indication for which it is being used. The minimum effective dose is 125 mg daily with a rarely used maximum dosage of 3000 mg. An ideal dosage would be 250 mg twice daily. Ayurvedic doctors suggest a course of months followed by a break of at least a month or two before another course.
Are there any side effects of taking a shilajit supplement?
Shilajit side effects are rare as it is well tolerated. You should avoid it if you happen to suffer from an excess of iron in the blood (hemochromatosis), thalassemia or from sickle cell anemia. Some individuals may experience burning sensation in the hands and the feet. Hot flashes might be experienced. These conditions can be reduced by taking it with milk. The shilajit health benefits far outweigh any side-effects in a healthy individual.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.