Shilajit a Panacea or a Scam? Part 2.

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In the part one of this article, you read about the Shilajit scams. At this point, you already understand that substandard products, imitations, and counterfeits often find their way on the market under the name of “Shilajit – Mumie – Bragshun-Salajeet” and many others.

These substances are popular because one markets them as panacea and consumers don’t necessarily understand all intricacies of the mineral pitch science. (Authors note: the mineral pitch is a proper English term for shilajit, mumie, bragshun, shilajit.) Now you also understand how counterfeits became so popular and wide-spread, due to the highest regard of Shilajit in Mumie in Ayurveda and Eastern European naturopathy.

Now let’s look into a genuine shilajit, reviewed and examined by modern-day science. Also, let’s try to understand to what extent modern science supports or disproves the wisdom of the ancients.

The authority on substances with healing properties is Pubmed. If you do not know: PubMed is a free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics. The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health maintains the database as part of the Entrez system of information retrieval. To put it simply Pubmed is a repository of the US Government for bibliographic data on life sciences and biomedical publications.

Pubmed / Medline contains references to articles in reputable and cited, peer-reviewed journals in the fields of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and health care, biology, and biochemistry. In order to be cited in Pubmed / Medline, the research or review first must be excepted for publication in an academic journal, with standards for publication much higher than any marketing materials online. Most of the research published is by serious scientists usually PhDs with a background in medicine, biology, chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences or other relevant fields.

A query “Shilajit” in PubMed returns fifty-seven scientific articles list. Several things are immediately obvious: 1. Shilajit and Moomiyo are an analogous material, 2. The substance may have multiple benefits, 3. Most clinical data on humans came from Moomiyo and not shilajit. 4. The ancient claims of panacea claims are most likely exaggerated and misconstrued by marketers.

The studies are mostly in vitro, and some are in vivo. (Author’s note: In vitro is “in the lab” study performed with biological cells and tissues outside of their normal biological environment. In vivo study with whole living organisms). Articles show multiple beneficial properties of mineral pitch (Shilajit, Mumie, etc.)

The noted effects in the spheres of dependencies, protection of the heart muscle, recovery from brain trauma, safe applications of the material, informatory activity, free radicals scavenging, memory enhancement, cognition, stress, immune modulation, anabolic activity, aids, regenerative and adaptogenic effect.

The query Mumie (another variation of Mumijo, etc.) on PubMed returns 26 results). Few articles repeat themselves from the shilajit section, as science views shilajit and moomiyo as an identical substance. What makes it very different is that there are substantially more human clinical trials than in the shilajit section of PubMed. The range of researched areas focuses on tissue regeneration, protection, and recovery of the heart muscle, use after surgery, blood profile improvements, supportive role in therapies, etc. Most research is from Soviet times. Interestingly a deeper analysis reveals that Soviet doctors viewed shilajit – moomiyo more as a holistic supporting supplement rather than a medication.

To summarize all: Mineral Pitch for human consumption (also famous under the regional names of Shilajit, Salajeet, Moomiyo, Mumie, etc.) is a powerful health-supporting substance with many outstanding benefits. It demonstrates classic adaptogenic properties as well as the ability to improve health in multiple areas. The material shows excellent results when used with botanicals. The ancient claims of do correlate with modern scientific findings. Nevertheless, the claims abnormally high life expansion and the “cure-all” are most likely exaggerated and embellished by counterfeits and substandard product marketers. (Author’s note read our article on counterfeit and imitation products)

Most people who were consuming what is called “shilajit” will ingest a powdered imitation or a substandard resin. The fakes have nothing to do with the materials used in research. They claim properties that they do not possess. If you want to experience the full benefits spectrum use only the highest quality and efficacy resin. Use Pürblack Live Resin.