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Guggul & Shilajit
 

Shilajit is a little hard to explain, and it is almost a panacea in some circles. There are entire books on fulvic acid, one of the constituents of shilajit.

Shilajit is created by run off in the Himalayas that deposits organic material into the crevices and fissures of stones. When the snows melt and the sun hits the rocks, a resinous substance softens and exudes. It is sometimes called bituminous pitch or asphaltum. It is dark red to brown to almost black in color and very bitter and is said to enhance the efficacy of any other formula taken.

Sanskrit texts refer to shilajit as the "conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness." Shilajit has a high mineral content; so prized was the herb in ancient times that no major disease was believed to be curable without this asphaltum. Despite the very ancient history of use of shilajit, very little is really understood about its exact origin, even whether it is a plant material or mineral. Most likely, its resinous nature is due to the presence of mosses that have contributed to the formation of shilajit. The Ayurvedic forms of shilajit are purified using traditional processes spelled out in ancient texts. The Russian shilajit or mumijo is washed but raw.


Pürblack, 5 grams

Pürblack is soluble in water, juice, and many other beverages. The normal dose is about the size of a pea. The taste is somewhat bitter and can be offset by adding honey or another sweetener. It can also be put into capsules and swallowed, but Ayurveda teaches that digestion begins with a taste sensation so assimilation is improved when shilajit is taken in a traditional manner.

Ingredients: shilajit resin in its natural paste form in UV protective violet glass jar.

Adaptive Energy, $



Shilajit Extract, 2 oz.

Shilajit is sometimes regarded as a geological and sometimes as a biological substance. It is a thick, sticky material that liquefies when exposed to heat. It is rich in minerals, some 85 different minerals have been found in it, but it also contains fulvic acid, humic acid, and triterpenes. In Ayurvedic medicine it is added to protocols to enhance the outcome of anything prescribed. It is a rasayana that acts primarily on the removal of excess kapha. As such, it aids the lungs where kapha accumulates, but it is also regarded as an aphrodisiac and longevity substance with nootropic effects, i.e., a smart "drug" or one that improves cognitive function and memory.

30 drops in a small amount of water, 2 to 3 times daily, or as directed by your health care provider. Shake well before using.

Ingredients: Extract of shilajit mineral in Distilled Water, Organic Alcohol, and Vegetable Glycerin.

Sacred Medicine Sanctuary, $



Shilajit Paste, purified, 30 grams

This shilajit is traditional, meaning that the raw material was harvested when the sun was beating against the slopes of the high Himalayas and processed again and again with water and then with herbs, mainly the three fruits used to make triphala. This is the form one should use to take shilajit. It is intensely bitter unless diluted in water or tea. It dissolves in water if stirred occasionally. The normal dose is half a gram to one gram per day, preferably two hours before eating. One package will therefore last 1-2 months. Shilajit is an extremely valuable source of trace minerals and is typically regarded as nourishing to the brain.

Ingredients: purified shilajit from the Nepalese Himalayas in paste form.

Sacred Medicine Sanctuary, $



Shilajit Powder, 8 oz.

Shilajit is an exudate that is pressed out from layers of rock in the mountains. It is composed of humus and organic plant material that has been compressed by layers of rock. It is used to improve the outcome of any protocol and strengthen both physical and spiritual powers.

Shilajit is high in minerals and supports metabolism of glucose as well as regeneration. It is a tonic substance with wide applications.

Ingredients: mineral pitch powder from the Himalayas.

Vadik Herbs, $



Shilajit, 60 Vegetarian Capsules, 450 mg

Shilajit is an exudate that is pressed out from layers of rock in the mountains. It is composed of humus and organic plant material that has been compressed by layers of rock. It is used to improve the outcome of any protocol and strengthen both physical and spiritual powers.

Shilajit is high in minerals and supports metabolism of glucose as well as regeneration. It is a tonic substance with wide applications.

Ingredients: mineral pitch from the Himalayas in vegetarian capsules.

Vadik Herbs, $



Shilajit

Shilajit, 90 tablets

Some Ayurvedic pundits believe that all formulas work better if combined with shilajit. This famous Ayurvedic remedy is widely regarded as an anti-aging agent. It is a rejuvenative that cleanses the urinary tract and lungs; it enhances immunity and stamina. Shilajit purifies the blood by aiding the removal of excess kapha and toxins from the tissues. As an aphrodisiac, it increases vitality while toning the reproductive organs and supporting their proper function. It is balancing for all doshas and can be used for debility or weakness caused by age, injury or dysfunction.

Ingredients: Shilajit (mineral pitch) with cellulose, stearic acid, and magnesium stearate, binders suitable for vegetarians.

Banyan Botanicals, $