Shilajit paste: an overview

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Gold Standard Shilajit Paste.

Shilajit is a sticky tar-like substance, formed over hundreds of years as a result of a long-term humification process, and contains humus substances, including fulvic acids, humic acids, humin, and hymatomelanic acid, as well as coumarin derivatives (benzocoumarin, DBPs; dibenzo-alpha-pyrones).

Humic acids were first discovered to have anabolic properties when given to chickens in 1951, with average body mass increased by 5-7%. This was confirmed in rats in 1966, which concluded that the body is able to utilize food better when supplementing with shilajit. Fulvic acids may also act as carrier molecules or chelating agents for smaller, more bioactive compounds.

Shilajit has been shown to activate mitochondrial respiration and increase muscle, brain and blood levels of an Adenosine triphosphate (ATP – a precursor to DNA and RNA), an energy carrying molecule known as the “molecular unit of currency” of intracellular energy transfer.
Shilajit has also been shown to increase blood levels of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), and facilitate the regeneration of ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

What are the benefits?

Shilajit is used as a rejuvenator in traditional Russian and Ayurveda medicine, and has been used in the folk and herbal medicine of several countries for around 3,000 years, both topically on the skin and internally by swallowing.

Shilajit has been shown in studies to assist with various ailments, and forms part of several medical drugs manufactured by pharmaceutical companies.

Shilajit was secretly used by the former USSR to enhance the physical and mental performance of Olympic athletes and special military forces for nearly 40 years. Applications included reducing stress-related injuries, benefitting recovery, as well as increasing strength and muscle mass. Much of the research conducted by the former USSR into shilajit remains classified and has not been released.

Studies have given positive indications for these types of potential benefits, including some that suggest shilajit may relieve fatigue and increase energy and endurance.

How is it packaged?

Our shilajit comes packaged in a glass jar, eliminating any possibility of shilajit reacting with the container during long term storage, and providing an effective barrier against oxygen.

A 0.1ml measuring spoon is included and when filled level, provides a 0.25g serving.

How do I take shilajit, and how much?

The consistency of genuine shilajit makes filling the spoon, and then emptying it quite difficult. We recommend using the volume of the spoon as a guide, and placing shilajit on the opposite end of the spoon at roughly the same size.

This can then be taken straight into the mouth, or stirred into body-temperature spring water or re-mineralised distilled water. Taking shilajit straight into the mouth is quicker, as although it is completely water soluble, it can take several minutes for it to dissolve in water.

The recommended dosage is 0.25 grams (1x level 0.1ml spoon), 1-2 times per day.

What does shilajit taste like?

Shilajit is relatively rare, and has a unique taste. It’s a humic substance like peat, and people sometimes comment that shilajit has a peaty, sharp, smoky taste.

Does shilajit contain dangerous amounts of heavy metals?

We thoroughly test every batch of shilajit, and have third party laboratories perform various tests to prove that our shilajit is genuine, of high quality, and is safe for human consumption.

All these certifications are displayed on the main shilajit page, and include tests for authenticity, humic and fulvic acid levels, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc levels, a microbiological certificate of analysis, heavy metal content and aluminium content.

Aluminium content of some shilajit has been a contentious issue, and should be tested by a third party laboratory for every batch. One serving (0.25g) of PlantPills Shilajit contains the same amount of aluminium as two slices of bread, or two chicken breasts, or 50 grams of pasta, or 5 grams of chocolate.

These tests verify that PlantPills Shilajit is authentic, high quality, and safe for human consumption.

Do you deliver to my country?

Yes! Although we are in the UK, we deliver worldwide. The shipping costs are automatically calculated in the shopping basket.

Please see the main shilajit page for further details and sources.

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