Shilajit is one of the most sought after ingredients in ayurvedic medicine. A dense mixture of several minerals, shilajit varies in consistency and colour amd is found in the mountains of Caucasus, Altai and Tibet and Gilgit Baltistan in Pakistan. While there is significant scientific research taking place across the globe on the substance, ancient theories consider it a very potent combination for healing several diseases.
The colour of Shilajit varies from yellowish brown to black with the pitch black form being considered the most potent. Its consistency is similar to a heated plastic with density varying from 1.1g/cc to 1.8g/cc. It solidifies below 20 degree Celcius and softens when warmed. It is also completely soluble in water.
Over centuries, there have been innumerable studies on Shilajit and its medicinal properties. Though modern medicine considers its health impact unproven, in the field of ayurveda and alternative medicine, Shilajit has established itself as a very powerful and indispensable component. It has several health benefits and has the power to cure some of the most incurable diseases known to mankind. Indian yogis also call it Amrita or the Elixir of Life for its incredible healing properties.
There are multiple forms of consumption of shilajit. It is available in the form of capsules and powders under several brand names in the market. A common method of consuming processed shilajit is to mix it in warm milk and drink the solution.
Some experts believe that shilajit can be consumed in raw form itself, however, the benefits of the same will not be realised to the fullest. In the raw form, shilajit is mixed with several other organic and inorganic compounds that can neutralize some of the benefits of the minerals.
There are no direct side effects of shilajit. It is a completely natural yet powerful mixture that is known to heal a multitude of diseases. In some cases, side effects have been noticed but that is primarily due to processing with artificial substances by companies. For those who are additionally taking iron tablets, Shilajit can cause problems as it already contains a high dosage of iron. In such cases it is advisable to consult a physician or seek help of an ayurvedic medicine expert.
In this high stress, high pollution modern lifestyle, substances such as shilajit can help keep lifestyle diseases at bay and help lead a happier and healthier life.