With the growing shift in interest of the world's population towards a more holistic, natural and preferably herbal way of life, the demands for good quality health supplements are plunging new heights every day.
No one wants to take antibiotics or for that matter other modern medications just for the sake of the doctor's prescription. (We are all fully aware of the side effects these medicines have on our body plus the indiscriminate use of many modern medicines has only made our body more vulnerable).Indeed these medications are the go to drugs when it comes to managing certain conditions especially emergency, but for all other lifestyle problems, major and minor health issues, nature always has support for us.
With the vast variety of supplements available, for a common man, not only is it practically tiresome to fetch a raw herb or extract every time from its habitat, it is equally challenging to select the most authentic and efficient supplement for his condition.
With the growing demand of supplements, the authenticity of the product seems always questionable. So is it really not a good idea to choose raw extracts over supplements?
The answer is no.
Firstly, raw extracts in the form they have to be taken are a challenge in itself for the patient, especially if his health condition is not very good. Secondly, the risk of taking a supplement without knowing its authenticity makes us think twice about them. But, under the guidance of a good natural practitioner, and a brand that has proven results, natural supplements are nothing but a blessing in disguise.
Shilajit is one of the most talked about and discussed natural resinous extract, thanks to its amazing health benefits explained since olden times in various Ayurvedic texts. It is commonly known by the name of Mineral pitch and Asphaltum. With its wide spectrum of effects on the body, it is not a surprise that it is a common presence on any natural supplement store.
It is a common belief in people that certain natural producs like Shilajit are a rarity to find in their purest form and so their supplements may not be as effective. But here we are going to debunk a few myths about the usage of Shilajit Capsules preferably over raw powder and why it is necessary to understand that raw may not always be as pure as it appeals.
1. Easy Availability
Shilajit Capsules are easily available in most major cities all over the world. There are a number of e - stores as well which have these capsules available in many brands online. If we talk about the raw form of Shilajit, there is not one but many difficulties if one goes all out to search for these medicines.
Firstly, Shilajit is usually found in and around the Himalayas. It is actually formed by a natural phenomenon between the rocks of the mountains and other particulate matter commonly found there. It takes years for the formation of Shilajit resin after which it seeps through these mountainous regions as a resinous extract from where it is collected and sold. So, to recognise the right resin as Shilajit is a big challenge in itself. Local sellers usually sell it in Himalayas but the quality is always questionable.
Frankly, very few people can recognise the right quality before its use. If one feels like performing the purity tests as well, it will take a very long time before one would come across a good enough sample. I think this tiresome job should be best left to the herbalists and herbal companies who conduct many layers of screening for such samples before they are put to use.
Good quality, authentic Shilajit Capsules (Planet Ayurveda's Shilajit Capsules) are not only safe for consumption but also show equally beneficial effects on the body as does pure Shilajit.
Shilajit in raw form or as a raw powder or resin is also commonly available. You can even find it online on any herbal e-store but the problem remains the same. Raw samples do not have to go through FDA checks as do other natural supplements so you cannot even tell at times whether you have got the right herbal sample or not.
Another concern is adulteration. Raw Shilajit is usually obtained from the wild and sold as it is without undergoing any purification. Therefore, chances of adulteration of the sample with microbes, dirt, metals and other impurities are quite high.
3. Better Purification Methods
Companies preparing highly pure and authentic Shilajit capsules deploy high quality machinery to get pure Shilajit while preserving and enhancing its medicinal value at the same time. Latest techniques of vacuum distillation, reverse osmosis and filtration are used to get rid of the water soluble as well as water insoluble impurities.
Fulvic acid is one of the main chemically active compounds found in Shilajit. It is responsible for major medicinal properties of this natural extract. It needs to be carefully preserved in right amounts for Shilajit to exhibit its properties. Latest techniques used in the purification have been devised keeping this fact in mind.
Raw Shilajit powder if purified by ancient procedures as done by local sellers (if at all) loses many of its active ingredients and organo - metallic compounds in the process. This is where modern technology has made our lives a lot more easy and comfortable.
4. Standardised Extract
Planet Ayurveda's Shilajit Capsules are made up of 100 % standardized extracts of Shilajit resin which are not only pure but natural, without any impurities or fillers. The same may apply to other products from similar reputed brands also.
These companies comply with the standard and norms put forth by the Government for the sale and distribution of any natural supplement keeping in mind the safety and demands of the population by and large. Planet Ayurveda's Shilajit Capsules are suitable for vegetarians as they are devoid of any gelatine which may induce allergies in many people.
5. Non - Toxic
Low quality Shilajit Capsules or tablets may contain Shilajit in raw form or have many impurities or other toxic materials in combination. But, Planet Ayurveda's Shilajit Capsules are made up of 500 mg of pure Shilajit resin with no raw ingredients whatsoever.
The same applies to all capsular formulations of this brand. Raw Shilajit is although claimed to be very beneficial for the people but, sadly this is not always the case. With the advancement of technology, a great combination science is developing which is helping in better utilisation and availability of natural treasures like Shilajit for the benefit of mankind.
6. Better User Compliance
Coming back to raw Shilajit, there are usually four forms in which it is available in the wild, seeping through the rock crevices in the foothills of the Himalayas and other mountainous regions where it is commonly found (Tibetan mountains, Altai Mountains etc.). This demarcation is on the basis of the height at which Shilajit is collected. Normally Shilajit in its purest form is collected at a height of 16000 feet and above. It is reddish – golden in color and is supposed to be the purest and most effective form.
Coming to compliance again, even if one manages to get this raw and pure form of Shilajit, the way it has to be taken and its vulnerability to the fluctuating dosage can be very harmful for the person.
Normally, it is advised to take just a pinch of the powder every morning for its beneficial properties and the slightest of dose variation can cause serious gut problems like gastritis, vomiting, rashes etc. Taking good quality capsular form of Shilajit poses no such threat. This is because the dose is always monitored by the company and the capsule packaging reduces the gastric irritation caused by the extract immediately upon consumption.
This way it becomes easier for people of all ages to comfortably take Shilajit and reap its amazing benefits.
7. Recommended By Doctors
Good quality Shilajit Capsules are prescribed by many reputed Ayurvedic doctors across the world. They are in fact aware of the best brand names for the same and can guide for the right dosage that is suitable for the person and other do's and don'ts associated with it.
Under the guidance of a good doctor, the patient feels secure and safe and can satisfy all kinds of queries that may arise in his mind regarding the usage of Shilajit.
8. Good Packaging
In the era of modernisation, not many people would volunteer to consume a raw herbal powder or Shilajit extracts as it may produce a bad taste in mouth and may not be good for children and old people. A good quality, vegetable capsule can be easily consumed by the patient of any age without causing ill effects like vomiting and nausea due to the raw taste of the herb.
9. Combination Forms Available
Many Shilajit Capsules come in combination with other compatible herbs like Ashwagandha (Withania Somniferum) and Asparagus. This way it can be used for more specific effects on the body. In combination with Ashwagandha and Asparagus, Shilajit becomes an even more potent aphrodisiac and antioxidant. These three herbs can have a synergistic effect on the body, all combined into one capsule.
Planet Ayurveda's Male Support Formula is an example of such combination of Shilajit with Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris). Likewise, many other combinations of Shilajit are available as per the health condition in which it is recommended.
10. A Great Substitute For Viagra
Shilajit is one of the many natural extracts and herbs which are known for their amazing health benefits over the human body. It has been known for ages to strengthen the hormonal and immune system of the body thereby having a positive impact on the reproductive system, especially in males.
Unlike many other allopathic medicines used for enhancing sexual stamina, Shilajit Capsules are neither habit forming nor have any major side effects. Instead they have additional effects on the body such as a strong anti –oxidant action, control over blood sugar fluctuation and many other systemic problems in the body.
All in all there are enough reasons for any person looking for information on authentic Shilajit capsules to start taking it shunning all doubts about its usage and credibility.