Shilajit - Mountain Blood (Raw Himalayan Food Supplement)
Shilajit is found in the mountains of the Himalayas amongst rocks and is often used in Ayurvedic medicine.
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Shilajit, also known as mineral pitch, is a rare blessing of nature that mankind has been using for centuries now. Here in the West, we got acquainted with this mysterious powder only recently - but people in the East have been aware of this herbo-mineral compound and its benefits for at least a millennium. The oldest references to shilajit and its benefits can be found in Ayurvedic texts dating back thousands of years.
Ayurveda is a holistic healing tradition that originated in ancient India. It focuses on retaining the delicate balance between mind, body, and soul to achieve overall well-being. Even today, shilajit is considered a sacred substance that is largely revered in mountainous regions of the world. In South Asia, where our shilajit resin comes from, shilajit is said to be a mystical offering that comes directly from gods.
Shilajit is truly precious. It takes millions of years and an intricate balance of conditions (temperature and pressure) for it to form naturally. It is colloquially referred to as ‘mountain blood’ because it oozes out from high mountain rocks (over 3000 meters) during a small window of time in summers. The extraction process is complex and the biomineral is collected by hand.
Raw shilajit exists naturally as a sticky tar-like black-brown resin that oozes out when the environmental conditions are right. Shilajit extract is rich in more than 85 different minerals and nutrients - all of which are readily absorbed into the bloodstream. Two of its key active ingredients are fulvic acid and humic acid, both of which boost the health and detoxify the body. A lot of the curative properties of this biomineral are attributed to its unique composition.
Colour: Blackish brown
Shilajit by Nature’s Blends comes from high-altitude rocks in the Himalayan mountains. It is extracted during summer times when the Himalayan rocks heat up and the decomposed plant-mineral compound oozes out of them.
Shilajit is complex and mysterious. It is a rare product that takes centuries to form. Shilajit is created when plant matter is broken down and decomposed by microorganisms for hundreds of years. The plant remains then mix with minerals present in the mountain rocks to create the perfect superfood for us.
Shilajit goes by many different names, depending on where you are:
English- Mineral Pitch, Mineral Wax
Latin -Asphaltum Punjabianum
Mongolian - Baragshun
Russian - Mumijo
Persian - Mumiya
The primary source of authentic shilajit is the Himalayan mountain ranges. The dietary compound has always held a special significance in the South Asian lore. It is considered a divine gift from gods and Ayurvedic scriptures recommend it as a cure for a wide range of ailments.
While the best quality shilajit comes from the high-altitude rocks of the Himalaya, shilajit is also collected in other parts of the world. Some of the other regions mountain sweat is extracted from include Nepal, Russia, Mongolia, Norway, Chile, and even Antarctica - but there’s a consensus amongst healers and Ayurvedic practitioners that Himalayan Shilajit is the best kind of shilajit out there, in part because of the unique mineral composition of these age-old mountains.
Himalayan Shilajit is the perfect dietary supplement. It is very safe and potent so you only need a small amount to reap its health benefits. Fulvic acid, the main bioactive compound present in shilajit, is an amazing natural substance that does not only promote well-being but also boosts nutrient absorption and improves digestion.
There are a total of 85 natural compounds and minerals present in shilajit. It is also rich in trace elements, organic vitamins, essential amino acids, triterpenes, and sterols, all of which revitalize the body, ward off fatigue, and boost the immune response. Shilajit also contains a cocktail of beneficial enzymes like dibenzo alpha pyrones which have major antioxidant and antimalarial properties.
Shilajit is consists of a balanced blend of all these minerals and healthful compounds. Once it is consumed, these compounds are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. Here are some of the main benefits of shilajit:
- Anti-aging Properties - Fulvic and humic acids present in shilajit have major antioxidant properties. These compounds prevent cell damage and reduce free radicals that cause aging.
- Anemia (Iron Deficiency) - Shilajit boosts hemoglobin production and increases our red blood cell count
- Instant Stress Buster - Shilajit is an effective adaptogen; it rejuvenates the body and helps it cope with multiple internal and external stress factors
- Alzheimer’s Disease - There is ample anecdotal evidence that shilajit reduces brain cell damage and slows down the onset of Alzheimer’s disease but more research is needed to confirm this
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Shilajit is packed with ingredients that improve mitochondrial function. Mitochondria are also known as the ‘powerhouses’ of the human cell
- Improved Digestion - Shilajit facilitates rapid uptake of nutrients and minerals in the gut, improves digestion, and reduces inflammation in our digestive tract
- Stronger Bones - Contains minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc which are crucial for bone health
Libido - Shilajit is considered a male aphrodisiac because it gives testosterone levels a natural boost.
As with all types of natural supplements, it’s important to source them from a reputable company that uses ethical and sustainable methods of production. Only by treating the raw, naturally occurring substance with gentle hands is the innate natural, health-promoting goodness preserved fully. Other harsh processing techniques lose much of the power nature provides, resulting in a less potent and diluted product.
At Nature’s Blends, we believe in the absolute power that exists in nature to help the body heal, work efficiently, and become more balanced. We only use the most advanced and gentlest processing techniques to bring the healing and incredibly supportive natural benefits of our products to our customers in their purest form.
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Take 0.5ml (pea size) of Shilajit once a day, mix into warm water or milk, stir until the shilajit dissolves. Raw Honey may be added to taste.