Shilajit is a potent blackish or brownish natural supplement that has a lot of health benefits for humans. When taken as a dietary supplement, Shilajit provides safe and natural remedies to medical conditions of all kinds.
The physical and chemical properties of Shilajit are both a function of where it is found geographically, the plants that led to the formation of that Shilajit as well as the processes that lead to the formation of that Shilajit.
Shilajit is a blend of many compounds, but the humic substances make up about 60%—80% of Shilajit. The humic substances include such compounds as humic acids and fulvic acid. The main functional component of Shilajit is an antioxidant called fulvic acid.
Fulvic acid gives Shilajit a lot of its medicinal applications in addition to the other humic acids, proteins and minerals that make-up Shilajit.
Fulvic acid is a proven anti-aging compound that achieves this anti-aging feat by improving the process through which cells regenerate after being damaged. The ability to properly replenish worn-out cells provides the body with the ability to resist the process of aging.
Fulvic acid’s antioxidant qualities give it the ability to slow down the process of oxidation in cells and reduce the accumulation of oxidized proteins in the body. The accumulation of the oxidized proteins would damage the cells if allowed to go on.
Fulvic acid has also been linked with the prevention or at the very least, the slowing down of Alzheimer’s disease through its antioxidant qualities that promote cell regeneration and prevention of cell damage.
The recommended dosage of Shilajit is highly dependent on the form in which the extract comes in. If one buys the liquid form of Shilajit, it is recommended that one should dissolve a quantity that is equal to the size of a grain of rice in liquid and drink.
This can be done anywhere from one to three times a day depending on the recommendation of the doctor. If one buys the powder or the pills form, the recommendations for taking Shilajit differ as recommended by the doctor as well as the reason for taking Shilajit.
Shilajit is formed through a gradual decomposition of plant matter over a period spanning centuries. The gradual decomposition ensures that the plant matter is acted upon by the microorganisms that orchestrate the decay and that it fuses with surrounding rock elements to form a natural extract that is rich in natural compounds.
Shilajit is often the result of the decomposition of plant species including Euphorbia royleana and Trifolium repens. However, there are other plant species whose decomposition produces Shilajit with little to no differences from the one that is produced by the aforementioned plants.
Shilajit is found in the high altitude rocky mountain ranges where the decomposition has happened over centuries with minimum interruption to the entire process. Traditionally, Shilajit was found only in the Asian mountains where Ayurvedic medicine originated.
The extract mainly comes from the layers of rocks in the Himalayan mountain ranges, the Tibetan mountain ranges as well as the Altai mountain ranges.
While these are the main sources of Shilajit, it has been found in different parts of the world where the mountain ranges are high enough and rocky enough to have facilitated the slow decay of the plant material.
Over the years, other countries where it has been found include Nepal, Mongolia, Iran and the southern parts of Peru. Traditionally, of course, Shilajit was obtained in India and Tibet only where it formed an important part of Ayurvedic medicine.