Shilajit – Silajeet – Mumio
Himalayan mountains are believed to be holding many magical herbs, shrubs and minerals which are the potion for continuous healthy living.
Hindus believe and there are many who claim to have met Sadhus or Yogis in the high altitude Himalayan ranges, who live and meditate for hundreds of years without ever getting old or sick. They are able to withstand harsh weather conditions with virtually little or no warm clothes, and still remain young and active throughout.
Amrit, Amritam or Amrut as per Hindu mythology, has such powers of keeping a being young and alive forever.
Shilajit, Shilajeet or Silajit, whatever one calls, is believed to be one such Amrut given by Lord Shiva to mankind for eternal youth and health. Shilajit is a Sanskrit word meaning “rock-invincible.” As per an article in Wikipedia, “it is known by various other names, such as shilajita mumiyo, mineral pitch or mineral wax in English, black asphaltum, Asphaltum punjabianum in Latin, barahshin, dorobi, baraga shun or brag-shun, chao-tong, and wu ling zhi (which generally refers to the excrement of flying squirrels). Shilajit is commonly called shilajitu in Ayurveda. The wakhis call it “baad-a-ghee”(evils feces)”.
Shilajit is mentioned as a magical supplement in Ayurveda. According to Charak samhita, which is on the basis of Ayurveda, there is no disease in the world that cannot be cured by it. Charak samhita states that “All curable diseases in the universe can be effectively treated with silajeet when it is taken at the appropriate time, in combination with suitable drugs and by adopting the prescribed method”. Many people take it for health benefits such as boosting testosterone levels, strengthening of lungs and thereby aid the modern medicine in cure of breathing related disorders, strengthening bones and helping in conditions such as osteoporosis and also aiding in treatment of cognitive disorders. It is supposed to completely remove joint pains and is anti-ageing both mentally and physically. Many men eat it along with other prescribed methods to cure premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction and male infertility. It is reported that Shilajit contains at least 85 minerals in ionic form and other substances as a result of natural process.
Origins of Shilajit
Inhabitants of high mountainous regions in Himalayas call Salajeet, ‘Patthar ka paseena’’, literally, translated it means sweat of the rocks. And they are not wrong. Actually Shilajit is purely natural substance which is available only in difficult to reach high altitude Himalayan mountains. It oozes out of the cracks in rocks, only at certain times due to heat of the sun. It is also known as Silajit, Salajeet or Shilajeet. Shilajeet is produced by the slow and continued decomposition of rare plants by natural act of microorganisms over thousands of years. Exact period can vary depending on source.
A similar substance from the Caucasus Mountains and the Altai Mountains is called mumijo or moomiyo but it is a bit different from pure Himalayan Shilajit as research has shown that health benefits of Shilajeet vary depending upon where it is extracted.
Ayurvedic doctors recommend that eating 1g to 3g Shilajit a day in empty stomach can be a powerful and secure health supplement. It can restore the energetic balance and has the ability to avert several diseases.
Test for Pure Shilajit Paste
Its colour can be from yellowish brown to pitch-black. Once cleaned of impurities and extracted, Shilajit is a homogeneous brown-black paste-like substance, with a glossy surface. It has a plastic-like behavior, at a temperature lower than 20°C/68°F it will solidify and will soften when warmed. It easily dissolves in water without leaving any residue, and it will soften when worked between the fingers. Purified Shilajit can have unlimited shelf life.
Genuine mumio/shilajit should melt at around 37°C and has a distinct smell of bitumen and bitter taste; on the other hand, ozokerite has a melting point of 164-169 °F/73.3-76.1 °C.
Victory Brand 100% Pure Himalayan Shilajit Paste
Victory Foods in United Arab Emirates offers, 100% pure Shilajit paste procured strictly from Himalayas. It is hygienically packed in glass bottles of 10 g and 20 g packing, unlike many local sellers who offer it in cheap plastic bottles that can react with the product.
There are many sellers out in the market who sell adulterated shilajit or sometimes Ozokerite which is similar looking paraffin found in mountainous regions but without any medicinal properties. You can be sure of genuine product, when you buy Victory brand 100% Pure Himalayan Shilajeet Paste. It is not mixed or adulterated with any other filler material or additive.
1. 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.
2. Information given above has been derived from various sources including, but not limited to Ayurvedic texts. Users / Buyers should use their own discretion and research before purchase and consumption.