Health aficionados around the world are raving about the curious, black pitch-like substance known as shilajit. But just what is it? Read our helpful FAQ page for the questions you most want to ask and some you hadn’t thought of. Discover all facts about shilajit from its origin to how it’s formulated for your personal use.
What is shilajit?
Shilaji is a natural herbal substance formed in the high altitude regions of Asian mountain ranges. Used for thousands of years in the Eastern hemisphere, it contains more than 85 minerals and trace elements, including fulvic acid which helps the body optimize absorption of nutrients at a cellular level.
How is shilajit formed?
Shilaijt takes thousands of years to form. Its origins begin with decomposing plant matter and humus trapped between layers of rock at high elevations. Due to the pressure from the weight of the mountains and extreme temperature changes at these high altitudes, the plants transform into the rich mineral mass known as shilajit that oozes from the rocks.
How do Iknow if I’m getting real shilajit or fake shilajit?
Fake shilait is more than just a low-quality poser of the real substance – it can actually be dangerous to consume. Typically loaded with heavy metals and toxins, low quality or fake shilajit can contain dangerous levels of mercury, arsenic, and lead. Fake shilajit, or ozocerite, also contains no medicinal benefits. You can tell real shilajit from the wannabe substance because authentic shilajit will have the texture of plastic when at room temperature and will melt very quickly when heated or when mixed with water. Fake shilajit takes much longer to melt, making it easy to determine if you’re dealing with quality, true shilajit or not.
Is all shilajit the same?
Certainly not. Aside from the fake shilajit cited above, purity and potency of shilajit can fluctuate depending on location, altitude, and the purification process used to prepare the shilajit for consumption. At Sayan, we source our shilajit from high altitudes at Altai Mountains, a region known to produce some of the world’s most high quality shilajit. Our select water-extraction refining process also ensures maximum concentration and potency of minerals. For more information on Altai shilajit, click here. [Link to Altai Page]
How does shilajit work?
Shilajit is so effective because its minerals are in ionic form, which allows the body to easily absorb and utilize the minerals for cellular growth and maintenance. As an additional bonus, the fulvic acid in shilajit helps it facilitate the effectiveness of other supplements and nutrients you take, making it essentially a supplement’s supplement.
Why create a chaga mushroom and shilajit blend?
A blend exclusive to Sayan, we’ve decided to combine two of the most powerful herbal substances available in India and Siberia and develop one extremely potent daily supplement. [Link to Chaga + Shilajit Blend] On their own, each supplement packs an extraordinary degree of antioxidants, vitamins, phytonutrients, and other bioactive ingredients that support a healthy immune system, promote sharpened mental focus, and boost your energy, among many other benefits. Combining the two creates a product that can enhance your wellness and longevity.
How do I take it and long will it take to work?
It works best to calibrate your body to its ideal shilajit dosage. You do this by beginning with a piece of shilajit no bigger than a grain of rice, or about 100 mg. Take this daily, recording the effects you feel in a journal. After a few days, increase the dosage to 100 mg 2-3 times a day until you are regularly taking about 300 mg per day. Keep increasing your daily amount until you feel the desired effects. The duration of efficacy varies for people, ranging from immediate results to taking several weeks for changes to be noticeable. For more information on taking shilajit, visit our page on getting the most out of shilajit.
Is it safe?
Shilajit is not only safe – it’s also been a main component of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. We also have the lab results to prove the safety of our product. Just ask us for more details.
Are there any contraindications?
Shilajit is very safe. However, as with all herbal supplements, it’s necessary to know the precautionary details. First of all, raw shilajit is unsafe to take so you want to make sure the shilajit you’re using is quality and has gone undergone a proper purification process.
Shilajit also contains a slight trace amount of phenylalanine, an essential amindo acid. If you have PKU (phenylketonuria), we do not recommend using this product.
Furthemore, don’t mix shilajit with chlorinated water, which will create a dangerous chemical byproduct if combined with the fulvic and humic acid contained in the herbal substance. Finally, if you are pregnant or lactating or under a doctor’s care, consult with your physician before using shilajit.
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