Q&A | Lab Tests
- What is Shilajit?
Shilajit [she-luh-jeet] is Sanskrit for "Conqueror of mountains, Conqueror of the Rocks, Destroyer of Weakness." It is one of the rarest substances on Earth and has been used as a staple of Ayurvedic medicine and diet for thousands of years. It is a bi-product of a several thousand year natural process that occurs in mountains at high altitude. It is essentially compressed plant matter that is unmatched in richness for over 85 ancient minerals.
- How is Shilajit made?
It begins as plants high in the mountains that naturally break down and decompose. That organic material gets absorbed into the rock of the mountain and then, across thousands of years, gets compressed by the pressure of the rock and is eventually exudated onto the face of the mountain as a resin that hardens into a rock-like substance.
- What are the benefits of Shilajit?
Shilajit is known as a "panacea:" A remedy for all illnesses and maladies.
-Raises Iron Levels
-Clean & Natural Energy (not a stimulant)
-Increases Memory & Brain Function
-Heals Cognitive Degenerative Diseases
-Alleviates Pain Response
-Increases Nutrient Absorption
-Aids Menstrual Cramps
-Increases Oxygen Delivery
-Increases Athletic Performance
-Enhances Cellular Function
One of the things we LOVE about Shilajit is that once you start your research on it, you realize it's efficacy isn't a matter of dispute almost anywhere (AS LONG AS IT IS HIGH QUALITY SHILAJIT.) From over 3,000 years of ancient Ayurvedic wisdom to modern western science, the only dispute is whether it's long lists of benefits is limitless or not.
- What form is best? Resin, liquid or powder?
There seems to be a lot of confusion over the differences between powder, liquid or resin forms of shilajit. We don't like confusion, so here is a proper explanation of the differences between the 3 and how they are made. We will stick with methods used by reputable companies striving to provide you with a quality product.
(1) The first step of purifying is to dissolve shilajit in water. Any company that does not do this should be avoided. In the wild, shilajit is hard and dry (like a rock) and is rarely more than 40% actual shilajit. The rest is metal toxicity, debris and sediments that are contaminated with bacteria.
(2) Filter out the contaminants. Every reputable company does this to one level or another. Some companies simply let contaminants settle and then pour the dissolved shilajit through a simple filter to get larger floating contaminants. Some get more sophisticated with higher quality filters that take out smaller contaminants.
(3) Regardless of whether your finished product is a resin, liquid extract, or powder, it is important to understand that every quality shilajit manufacturer will go through this liquid extract stage. From this point on is where the manufacturing processes really begin to take on different forms.
Some people will use heat to destroy any harmful bacteria and sell the liquid extract as is from that point in the process. While being a minimally processed form, the water to shilajit ratios vary from batch to batch, and typically receives a lot of complaints about being too "watered down."
Others will dehydrate that liquid down to a resin consistency. Whether very slowly out in the sun, quickly in a boiling pot, or somewhere in-between, heat is used to remove water until the desired consistency is achieved. It is important to understand that the thickness of the resin is simply determined by how much liquid is in it, and is in no way a factor of the quality of the actual shilajit. Most resins are 70-85% shilajit, the rest is water.
Powdered shilajit, as long as it is authentic, has simply had 95+% of its water removed through a variety of possible dehydration methods and then ground into a fine powder.
At U.S. Shilajit, we have found liquid extracts to be the most convenient way to use shilajit. Powders can also be great, especially if you want the most concentrated form of shilajit possible. Resin, although very unique and cool looking, is quite inconvenient to use and nearly impossible to control the dosage amount. Taking a scoop from one side of even a very small resin jar may give you 80% of the fulvic acid, while a scoop from the other side gives you 20%.
So if you like making a mess with each serving, not having standardized doses and don't mind heat processing, then resin form is for you.
But if the world's purest, most potent, and most user friendly form of shilajit is what you're after, then U.S. Shilajit's liquid extract has got what you're looking for.
- Is Shilajit safe?
Shilajit has been used for thousands of years as a staple of diet and Ayurvedic medicine for it's wide array of benefits in China, India, Russia and Argentia.
If you have unnaturally high levels of iron or have gout, consult with your health-care provider before consuming Shilajit.
Raw, unpurified Shilajit is NOT safe however. As it is found in its natural state on the mountain, it has several toxic minerals and bacteria that need to be filtered out before safe consumption. Our patented purification proccess is the most effective in the world. We've done the research. Every single batch we source is verified for safety through an independent, cGMP certified, FDA registered 3rd party lab, and our shilajit passes the minimum safe amounts.
Testing is done to California Prop 65 regulations, which are the most rigid in the world for heavy metals. California Prop 65 limits are so strict that some water brands don't even qualify.
Check out our test results! We're VERY proud of our purity, ESPECIALLY considering our shilajit is NEVER heat processed.
- Why are some Shilajit products differently colored?
Shilajit occurs in different colors and grades according to the type of metal contained: red (Sauvarna Shilajit) with gold, white (Rajat Shilajit) with silver, blue (Tamra, with copper Shilajit) and iron-containing black (Lauha Shilajit Shilajit). Of these, black shilajit containing gold (which is what U.S. Shilajit is) is the rarest and is considered to have the best curative effect.
- What liquid is your Shilajit suspended in?
We mix our freeze-dried Shilajit powder with .5oz of colloidal silver (10ppm.) This silver only has two ingredients: silver and purified water.
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