Shilajit is a
rare tonic “herbal” substance collected by local inhabitants in the
Himalayas and as far north as Russia. It has been used for thousands of years
as a tonic. Shilajit is regarded by many herbalists
as the most important natural tonic substance of Ayurveda (the traditional
Indian health care system). In Sanskrit, Shilajit
means "conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness."
Shilajit is an “exudate” that
oozes out of cracks in the Himalayan rocks and cliffs in the summer months. It
is composed of organic plant material that is thought to have been compressed
by rock for hundreds of years. After it is collected, it is naturally purified,
concentrated and processed into a potent, high-quality extract.
Shilajit is extremely rich in plant-source
‘organic’ minerals. Most assays show that Shilajit,
depending on its source, contains between 70 and 85 complexed
minerals and trace elements. Shilajit is a humic substance, humus being the natural material that is
formed when soil microorganisms decompose organic material into elements usable
by plants. Shilajit is astoundingly rich in
nutrients, antioxidants, amino acids, and phytochemicals.
main active component in Shilajit, to our knowledge,
are macromolecules known as fulvic
acids. Shilajit is extremely rich in fulvic acids (Dragon Herbs Shilajit,
from high altitude in the Himalayas, contains approximately 40% fulvic acids). Fulvic acids are
one of nature’s most astounding and miraculous molecular substances,
perhaps second only to DNA in its importance to life on this planet.
The Functions of Shilajit
Fulvic acid supports every stage of cellular
metabolism. It is thus a quintessential Qi tonic, a substance that improves
Fulvic acid has the ability to neutralize
free radicals throughout the body and to detoxify simple toxins. This is due to
its huge surface area and enormous total valence.
Shilajit is traditionally considered to be a
strong kidney tonic. From a Chinese perspective, it is a superb Jing tonic,
since it increases the primal energy responsible for sexual and spiritual
tonic – Tones the sexual organs, supports sexual energy and stamina
(traditionally considered to be an “aphrodisiac”), supports healthy
prostate function Qi tonic - Enhances energy and stamina.
Shen tonic - Enhances spiritual power
bioavailability and action of other herbs
– huge high-valence surface area collects debris and free radicals,
cleansing the blood and tissues of the body
carrier – binds to herbal constituents and minerals, delivering them to
catalyst – promotes the activity of minerals and organic constituents
urinary functions Supports healthy
healthy menstrual functions
the immune system
healthy fat metabolism
for general fortification and tonification of the entire body.
Who can use Shilajit
correctly processed Shilajit is extremely safe. It is
suitable in small doses for almost everyone on a regular basis, and in higher
doses for those who seek to increase vitality, strength and immunity, and by
those who wish to cleanse the tissues of the body. Shilajit is warming, so it
should be used watchfully by those with excessive fire and may be combined with
cool and yin herbs.
The Science (As We Know It)
know a lot about fulvic acids and their colloidal nature. But what is not known
about fulvic acids and colloids is far greater.
Fulvic acids are huge molecules with the
“average” chemical formula of C135H182O95N5S2.
Fulvic acids are one of the largest classes
of dissolved organic matter, but from a scientific point of view, they are
poorly defined and of unclear origin. All fulvic acids studied show the same
pattern in the elemental composition of their molecules and a large similarity
in the molecular sets. It is thought that the elemental and structural
regularity of fulvic acid molecules does not indicate one common precursor
material and formation process, but that their regularity is due to both the
strong reworking of source materials in the environment and the valency of the
three elements (C, H, O) from which most fulvic acid molecules are formed.
Valency is the power of an atom or radical to combine with other atoms measured
by the number of electrons which an atom will give, take, or share to form a
chemical bond; thus valency is a measure of the reactivity of an element or
active molecule. Poly-carboxylic acids with very limited number of hydroxy
groups are the major compound class in fulvic acid isolates. It appears that
fulvic acids are metastable molecules that characterize a state of transition
of diverse precursor compounds during their oxidation.
Shilajit is believed to contain a unique range of fulvic acids, which over the
period of human history, has been discovered to have specific health benefits
to humans. This is probably a result of the specific chemical nature of the
special physical conditions and forces, and the rocks and biological materials
from which it was created.
Fulvic acid is considered to be one of the
most powerful natural electrolytes known to man. It enhances the permeability
of cell membranes, and can improve the healthy permeability of the digestive
tract, renal membranes and capillaries. Fulvic Acids greatly enhance the
bioavailability of trace minerals required by the body to function optimally.
The fulvic acids available in Shilajit have the ability to restore electrical
balance to damaged cells. When these fulvic acids are present in bodily and
cellular fluids, minerals become ionized – in fact, they become part of
the fulvic acid itself. Thus they become “colloidal.”
are microscopic particles suspended in some sort of liquid medium. The
particles are between one nanometer (1 nm) and one micrometer (1 μm) in size and can be macromolecules (such as fulvic
acid). Thus colloids are particles larger than molecules, but smaller than
grains of sand. Mere size, however, is not the important thing about colloids.
The overwhelmingly important property of colloids is that they have a very
large surface area. To some degree, they are all surface and
their properties are those of their surfaces. This is highly significant in the
bodily and cellular fluids, and as part of the fulvic acid complex, minerals
become organic. In this form, minerals are safe. As such, they are
perfectly bioactive and bioavailable in living tissue. Fulvic acid then
delivers these living essences to the cells.
Shilajit enhances bioavailability and action
of other herbs. Take 2 capsules of Shilajit along with the other tonic herbal
products in your program to enhance their effect.
2 capsules of Shilajit at bedtime to gently purify the body while you sleep.
2-3 capsules, once or twice daily for normal health maintenance, or as directed
by your health practitioner.
Ayurvedic texts suggest using
shilajit with caution when pregnant
Beware of Fake Shilajit
has been reported by experts in India that there is a considerable amount of
fake Shilajit in the Indian market place, and some of this is exported to other
countries, including the United States. The fake Shilajit has a strong smell
but no effect. Also, Shilajit that is not properly processed and filtered can
contain unwanted substances. Unprocessed Shilajit is commonly distributed
outside of India.
Dragon Herbs High Mountain
comes from very high altitude in the Himalayas and has been laboratory tested for
authenticity and purity and to be certain that it contains no less than 40% fulvic acid.*
Specifications: 60 Capsules, 500 mg each
Ingredients: Himalayan Shilajit Extract
Other Ingredients: Vegetarian capsules**, rice powder.
Usage: Take 4 capsules per day, with other herbs,
or as directed by an healthcare professional.
Remember Ron Teeguarden’s
“First Rule of Tonic Herbalism,” summed up in a single word –
If you don’t take the herbs, they won’t work.”
**Pullulan caps 100% natural, water- soluble polysacharide produced through a fermentation process;
vegetable origin; non-GMO; no starch, preservatives or chemical modifications;
*These statements have not been evaluated by
the FDA. This product is not intended to
treat, cure or prevent any disease.