Genuine Mineral Pitch Resin (aka shilajit, mumie, salajeet) is a rather scarce resource, of high value. Over 99% of the products labeled as Shilajit and currently available on the US market are imitations or substandard products. While claiming to be Shilajit, they are in reality either:
- Substandard Shilajit with fillers added (fulvic acid) or
- Products are claiming to be Shilajit-based, but containing little to no Shilajit.
Most imitations marketed come primarily in powder or tincture form. Imitation Shilajit Resins, on a massive rise. It has to do with the fact that two Western companies launched genuine resin products. The counterfeiters answered with imitation resins within less than one year.
Pürblack is a genuine Live Resin high-quality resin. We intentionally offer Pürblack as a Resin, not as a powder. We do not claim fulvic/humic acid content greater than 4%. Due to our commitment to transparency, we have fully disclosed all available certificates of analysis, as well as testing and patent information. For more information, we invite you to examine our Independent Laboratory Tests and Commitment to Transparency pages. We encourage any company offering Shilajit for sale in the US to disclose all the technical data mentioned on our Commitment to Transparency page, about their product offerings.
Most imitations on the market today come from India and usually, in powder form. The benefits of Shilajit were known to India’s healers for far longer than those in other nations. And, as India’s population grew, so did the demand for Shilajit. Exhaustive use over the centuries and India’s reserves of Shilajit raw material have been depleted – to the point that today, the richest sources lie outside that country. Development of the practice of offering mineral pitch imitations rather than the authentic product may also be due, in part, to this decline in naturally-occurring supplies.
The traditional form of any mineral pitch (this includes Shilajit, Moomiyo, and Salajeet) is a Resin, not a powder. There are several reasons modern manufacturers choose to offer powdered products, rather than the traditional and natural form. One reason is to be able to offer Mineral Pitch in capsules, compounded with other formulations. For the consumer, the major downside of such powders and encapsulations is that it is easy for an unscrupulous or uninformed manufacturer to “economize” by adding relatively inexpensive powdered fillers to a product. For example, powdered Shilajit is often cut with fulvic acid powder – not only reducing the amount of valuable Shilajit, but also allowing claims of very high fulvic acid content.
While a high shilajit fulvic acid content may have some value on its own, claiming that this makes for a superior product is bogus. One must understand that the most important value is the ashless humic acids which has been found to be the role of such acids role as carriers of one of Shilajit’s extremely active and valuable classes of constituents, dibenzo-alpha-pyrones.
In genuine Shilajit, it is extremely rare for the percentage of active ingredient ashless/fulvic humic acids to exceed 3-4%. When fulvic acid from other sources is used as a filler in an imitation product, one gets more fulvic acid, but no appreciable accompanying increase in dibenzo-alpha-pyrones.
What one gets, in fact, is an inferior product – but one which can be sold cheaper and at a greater profit, since the fulvic acid used as a filler (and false “enhancement”) is hundreds of times cheaper than pure Mineral Pitch Resin, with its native nutrients.
On Other forms of Shilajit or Moomiyo Products
Sometimes Shilajit is offered as part of herbal extract formulations or tinctures. The change of form in such cases is justified. It is important to understand, though, what kind of Shilajit was used in such a product – sometimes an imitation “ Shilajit” product is used. Further, it is important to understand the quantity of or the Resin used in a tincture or a powdered formulation. An ethical manufacturer of tinctures or herbal formulations will disclose fully this information, expressing the weight of the Shilajit, Moomiyo or Salajeet as a fraction of the overall product, and making available a separate Certificate of Analysis for the Shilajit used.