Mumijo: “elixir of life” or myth?

Shilajit is a dark, sticky substance that has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine. It is created by the gradual breakdown of plants and organic matter by microbes over a long period of time. Although there has been no scientifically substantiated research on this tar-like slime, some modern research hints that some of its supposed benefits may have a grain of truth.

What is shilajit made of?

“Herbomineral” comes from high-altitude rocks, usually in the Himalayas and Tibetan mountains, although it can also be derived from a number of high-altitude locations in Asia and South America. It is extremely rich in dozens of minerals, most notably fulvic acid, which is said to be its main active ingredient. Fulvic acid is formed by the extremely slow breakdown of organic matter and can be found in clay, sand, peat, rocks and mud.

What is shilajit used for?

There are anecdotal claims that shilajit can be used for a multitude of purposes, primarily to increase “energy life” and increase longevity. As for scientific research, few suggest that it promises to solve certain health problems. Nevertheless, many of these studies are small or have been conducted only on laboratory animals, which means that their results should be treated with caution.

It is sometimes advertised as a powerful aphrodisiac. Although there have been no direct studies on this, other studies have shown that it can be used to treat low testosterone levels.

In a study of 96 healthy men between the ages of 45 and 55, half of them took a placebo and the other half took 250 milligrams of purified shilajit twice a day. After 90 days, participants who took purified shilajit had significantly higher testosterone levels than the placebo group.

In another study, 60 men with fertility problems took mumijo twice a day for 90 days after meals. After 90 days of treatment, more than 60 percent of the participants had an increase in total sperm count and sperm motility increased by 12 percent.

However, despite these results, experts caution against taking mumijo in large quantities without consulting a doctor. Some studies also indicate that mumijo can increase iron levels in the body, which can be dangerous for people with hemochromatosis, a hereditary disease that leads to excessive accumulation of iron in the body.

In addition, shilajit may interact with some drugs, including anticoagulants and drugs used to treat diabetes. Therefore, it is necessary to consult a doctor before using shilajit.

In conclusion, although shilajit has been used in medicine for thousands of years, modern science is only beginning to explore its potential. Although some studies indicate its useful properties, you should exercise caution in its use and always consult a doctor.

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