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By Dr. med. Claudia Schmiemann

Shilajit is a sticky, tar-like substance that is found in the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and other mountain areas above 3000 m (9800 feet). It is formed by the decomposition of plant material and minerals over centuries and is harvested for various medicinal and therapeutic purposes. The history of shilajit is deeply rooted in traditional medicine systems such as Ayurveda in India, Unani and in ancient Greece and is practiced in parts of South Asia and the Middle East. Shilajit has been used for centuries for its purported health-promoting properties. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit words “Shilajatu,” which mean “rock-tar” or “rock-invader,” alluding to its appearance and origin. Good quality shilajit is typically dark brown or black in color, has a shiny surface, and has a characteristic earthy smell. Quality can vary widely, so it’s essential to source shilajit from reputable harvesters and suppliers. Fulvic acid is one of the primary active ingredients in shilajit. It is a type of humic substance and is known for its ability to transport nutrients into cells. It is believed to have various health benefits, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Humic acids are complex compounds formed from the decay of organic matter. Moreover it contains over 85 minerals in ionic form, (magnesium, calcium, copper, zinc, iron etc.) as well as triterpenes and amino acids.

Energy and Stamina: Traditionally, shilajit is believed to boost energy levels and enhance stamina, making it popular among athletes and those seeking to improve physical performance.

Anti-Aging: It is often used for its supposed anti-aging properties

Cognitive Function: cognitive function and protection against dementia

Fertility and Testosterone: It has been used traditionally to improve male fertility and may have a role in boosting testosterone levels.

Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Properties: Shilajit is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (fighting infl. diseases like Lyme),

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