Shilajit composition is unique and one of its kind, it is major factor which makes this mineral pitch a supplement with powerful medicinal and rejuvenating properties. Shilajit is called Asphaltum Punjabinum in Latin and mineral wax or mineral pitch in English. This herb or mineral pitch is obtained from cracks of rocks of some mountain ranges. It is not grown as plant or vegetation, this is why many people categorize this herb as mineral pitch and treats it differently than normal herbs which grow as plant or weed on Earth. Although unique Shilajit composition is an outcome of varied flora which is found over Himalayas and other mountain ranges. This flora buried in rocks under excessive heat and pressure comes out in the form of thick tar-like fluid out of cracks of rocks.
The years of decomposition turns the flora into lava like form and adds variety of compounds which are nutritive, rejuvenating and energizing for human body. The process which vegetation over mountains undergo inside Earth makes Apshaltum Punjabinum much different and densely nutritive than other herbs. The unique Shilajit composition is resultant of fossilized unique plant life over Himalayan Mountains and unique biosphere of this place which together creates this herb and bestows stunning medicinal and rejuvenating properties to the mineral pitch. No other herb than Asphaltum Punjabinum undergoes humification process and has such varied and unique bioactive composition.
Large percentage of Asphalt is Fulvic acid which is its most important and active constituent. Asphaltum Punjabinum also contains Humic acid and Humins. These three acids and compounds are rare and special.Fulvic acid is resultant of humification of resin-bearing plants, so are humic and humins found in Asphalt. This herb is found in different forms and is identified by its colour. There are four varieties of this herb which are classified on the basis of percentage of minerals are gold, silver, copper and iron. The variation in mineral density is believed because of species of plants which got buried and are found in the vicinity from where this herb is collected.
The bryophytes of these plants determine mineral composition of Shilajit. Asphaltum punjabinum has shown presence of microelements like cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, manganese, chrome, iron and magnesium etc. Dibenzo alpha, pyrones and phospholipids, and vitamins like A, B complex, C and P are also part of Shilajit composition and impart it highly beneficial nutritive properties.Polyphenol complexes and terpenoids are antioxidants present in Asphalt which along with Fulvic and Humic acid make this herb powerful anti-ageing.
Nearly 80% of total composition of Asphalt is Fulvic acid. Modern science knows little about this acid but in Ayurveda this acid has been described as most nutritive and rejuvenating compound on planet. This acid lies at the end of life-cycle. It is final outcome of humification process of plant matter and cycle ends after producing Fulvic acid. This acid imparts Asphalt amazingly beneficial compounds like amino acids peptides, phytochemicals, protective substances, nucleic acid etc. which increase energy production and boost-up metabolic process. The major benefits of Shilajit are that its plant matter is never exposed to insecticides, pesticides, chemical containing water and environmental pollutants which contaminate soil and vegetation. This plant matter was in purest natural form which produces pure and contamination-free mineral pitch.
Asphaltum or Mineral Pitch
What is Shilajit? There are different mythological opinions about this herb in different cultures other than Hinduism. Some reckon it as feces of demon and other feces of mouse, some just mention it as simple decomposed matter which exudes out of rocks due to excessive heat. But in ancient text of Ayurveda Shilajit is referred as Soma. An elixir which provides everlasting youth and immortality, it is also referred as aid to achieve higher spiritual powers and divine blessings. There may be contradicting mythological opinions about this herb but there are no two thoughts about its powerful medicinal and rejuvenating properties. Composition of Shilajit is all due to plant-matter which originally was part of ocean bed, when Himalayas rose above sea level due to tectonic plate collision this vegetation got buried inside. Some species of oceanic vegetation could survive in the open-air and high altitude, this vegetation is nowhere else to be found on Earth and their unique properties impart specific health benefits to Shilajit.
So answer to the question what is Shilajit is that it is bituminous substance found in the foothills of Himalayas which exudes out of rocks in the form of tar like substance due to excessive heat. This tar like substance is decomposed matter of plant which is herbo-mineral in nature. The composition of Shilajit consists of arsenal and array of phytochemicals, biochemical, super-charged antioxidants, free-radical scavengers, super oxide dismutases, nutrients, enzymes, hormones, amino acids, antibiotics, antivirals, anti-fungal etc. These ingredients of Shilajit make it a powerful herb which promoteslongevity, everlasting youth, higher vitality and amazing sexual powers.