The demand for Shilajit has increased beyond all expectations in the last few years. This is because of its medicinal properties, which have been recognized by practitioners of Ayurveda and other forms of alternative healing.
Pure and authentic Shilajit is difficult to obtain. Shilajit is at the top of the list of the rarest things on Earth. Rarer and more expensive than saffron, 100-year balsamic vinegar, and the world’s most expensive wine, Château Petrus ’82! And therefore, it has led to multiple cases where fake or adulterated Shilajit being sold.
Himalayan Shilajit – The purest of all!
Shilajit comes from millions of years of geothermal pressure acting on biomasses of plant materials and minerals. This natural process produces a tar-like pitch that glistens in the rocks in the Himalayan region during hot weather. The rocks in various locations are different colours and determine the grade. When the exudate is purified to remove it from the rock, the resulting resin is black or blackish making it impossible to distinguish the grade. So not only are there fake products, there are also many claims of lower quality Shilajit being top grade.
The most effective Shilajit comes from the highest reaches of the Himalayas, 16,000 – 18,000 feet above sea level. And My Pahadi Dukan has partnered with some of the best brands that bring to you their authentic lab – certified Shilajit from these treacherous regions.
In these regions, the indigenous people use the traditional method of purification, which produces 100% ultra-pure resin, using only natural spring water and the sun. The indigenous people who collect and purify Authentic Shilajit have been doing so for centuries (no exaggeration). They fully understand the different grades and live in the region where the highest quality with the most powerful Rasayana (“rejuvenation”) properties is produced.
How to check the purity of Shilajit –
There are various methods to test its authenticity, some of which are very simple and can be easily done at home from the basic things. Some of them are given below –
- Form – Do not trust powder or capsule forms. Most powders on the market that have any Shilajit at all contain between 2 and 30 percent. All powders have additives and fillers in them. Standardized extracts add fulvic acid, often the same used in fertilizer to create a standard percentage. No natural substance will have a standard percentage of anything! Pure Shilajit raisin is sticky, black in colour and is tar- like.
- Pliability test – It is one of the easiest method to check whether the Shilajit is authentic or not. Shilajit is very much responsive to change in temperature; therefore, when outside temperature is high, Shilajit becomes sticky and will stick to the fingers. Also, when the temperature is low, cold Shilajit becomes hard and breaks like a stone. This is because; Shilajit changes its texture in response to change in external temperature.
- Solubility Test – This is another way to test the purity of your Shilajit. Unadulterated Shilajit is about 98% to 100% soluble. This is a very simple trick and all you need to do is take a glass of warm water or milk. Add a small piece of Shilajit to it and see if it dissolves. Real Shilajit will completely dissolve within a few minutes and turn the water or liquid into a golden or reddish colour.
Further, what you can do is slowly drink this liquid. While you drink it, rub your tongue on the roof of your mouth. If you feel a sandy or gritty texture in your mouth while drinking the Shilajit, it means that it hasn’t completely dissolved. This, in turn, means that the Shilajit is not pure. Either it is imitated Shilajit, is of low quality or fillers have been added to it.
- Burn Test – Real and authentic Shilajit does not burn. Pure Shilajit, when heated, will start bubbling and produce ash.
Colour and odour test – Pure Shilajit is mostly dark in colour. It has pungent smell as it is formed as a result of breaking down of plant matter and minerals.