Shilajit by Banyan Botanicals
Shilajit is a powerful ancient natural rejuvenative phyto-mineral substance that exudes from the rocks in the Himalaya Mountains during the heat of summer. Studies have detailed how shilajit revitalizes and preserves CoQ10 which can protect against mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondrial dysfunction underlies many chronic degenerative diseases including glaucoma.**
- Shilajit stabilizes, activates, and preserves CoQ10 in its active ubiquinol form**
- Shilajit boosts CoQ10 levels to protect against mitochondrial aging**
- Shilajit and CoQ10 together gave 27% greater ATP energy production in muscle cells than CoQ10 alone**
- Shilajit and CoQ10 together gave 40% greater energy production in brain cells than CoQ10 alone**
- Shilajit and CoQ10 together boosted CoQ10 in liver by 29% compared to CoQ10 alone**
- Shilajit is a natural source of fulvic acid
- Shilajit is a natural source of DBPs (dibenzo-a-pyrones)
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Shilajit is a powerful rejuvenative that cleanses the urinary tract and lungs, while bolstering strength and supporting the immune system. It purifies the blood and helps remove excess kapha and natural toxins from the tissues. As an aphrodisiac, it increases vitality and stamina while toning the reproductive organs and supporting their proper function.**
300 mg, 90 tablets
Item Catalog Number: 2101
Take 1-2 tablets, once or twice daily, or as directed by your health practitioner.
|Serving Size: 1 tablet|
|Servings Per Container: 90|
|Amount Per Serving||% DV|
|Shilajit (phyto-mineral pitch)||300 mg||*|
*Daily Value not established.
Raw Material: Banyan Botanicals contain no animal products and are suitable for vegetarians.
Other IngredientsOther ingredients, from natural sources: maltodextrin, stearic acid (from vegetable oil), silicon dioxide, modified cellulose, magnesium stearate (from vegetable oil).
If pregnant or nursing, consult your health care professional before using this product.**DISCLAIMER: Information on this page is not intended as a substitute for advice provided by a competent health care professional. You should not use this information in diagnosing or treating a health problem. No claim or opinion expressed on this web site is intended to be, nor should be construed to be, medical advice. If you are now taking any drugs, prescribed or not, or have a medical condition, please consult a competent physician who is aware of herb/drug interactions before taking any herbal supplements. The information presented herein has not been evaluated by the FDA or the Department of Health and is not intended to diagnose, prevent or treat any disease or illness.
- Rasa (taste): bitter, salty, pungent, astringent
- Virya (action): heating
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
- Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for kapha, may aggravate pitta in excess
Mitochondrial Protection with a Potent Adaptogen
source: Life Extension http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2010/feb2010_Reverse-Mitochondrial-Damage_02.htm
Long known to Ayurvedic practitioners for its healing power, shilajit is an organic substance harvested from biomass high in the Himalayas.65,66 It acts as a powerful adaptogen, providing broad systemic defense against stress and illness. Cutting-edge scientific analysis has isolated humic substances as the principal active ingredients that enhance mitochondrial energy flow.67
In 2009, a series of landmark studies detailed for the first time how shilajit works on energy metabolism.
Mice subjected to strenuous exercise underwent expected ATP declines in muscle, blood, and brain tissue. When supplemented with shilajit, ATP loss was sharply reduced.68 Other biochemical markers of energy status also dramatically improved in the supplemented animals—including levels of CoQ10, which fell twice as fast in control mice as in supplemented animals. When given in combination, CoQ10 and shilajit displayed a powerful synergistic effect. Energy parameters such as CoQ10 levels increased significantly more than with either supplement alone.
Further analysis brought some of its key mechanisms of action to light. Shilajit contains two primary components, fulvic acid and DBPs (dibenzo-a-pyrones). Fulvic acid independently stimulates mitochondrial energy metabolism, protects mitochondrial membranes from oxidative damage, and helps channel electron-rich DBPs into the mitochondria to support the electron transfer chain.69,70 Fulvic acid works as an electron “shuttle,” augmenting CoQ10 to speed electron flow within mitochondria.71-73
The DBPs in shilajit serve as electron “reservoirs,” replenishing electrons lost by CoQ10 when it donates them to free radicals (thereby neutralizing them).70,74
When laboratory mice are supplemented with oral CoQ10 alone, CoQ10 levels rise in heart, liver, and kidney tissue, as might be expected.75 When DBPs from shilajit are added to the supplement, CoQ10 levels rise still further—as much as 29% in the liver.75
A recent study suggests that DBPs from shilajit preserve CoQ10 in its superior ubiquinol form.75
Preliminary findings suggest that shilajit protects human tissue from lost energy in the form of ATP, while maximizing benefits from CoQ10, with dramatic improvement in exercise performance.76 In an as-yet unpublished study, people who took shilajit 200 mg once daily for 15 days registered 14% higher post-exercise ATP levels in the blood—equivalent to levels in people who hadn’t exercised at all. The average number of steps they took on a standardized dynamic exercise test rose significantly, and their mean fitness scores increased by 15%—without any intervening exercise training.
In pre-clinical studies, shilajit has been shown to possess a number of additional benefits, allowing it to work in synergy with CoQ10 to protect and support mitochondrial health:
• Preliminary unpublished studies showed that shilajit (250 mg twice daily for 90 days) lowered fasting blood sugar and a measure of systemic inflammation called the ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), while increasing hemoglobin levels and platelet counts.77,78
• Shilajit protected laboratory rats from developing chemically-induced diabetes through its free-radical scavenging properties.70
• Shilajit augmented learning acquisition and memory retrieval in laboratory rats while reducing manifestations of anxiety during maze experiments.70
• Shilajit reduced levels of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase that destroys the vital neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This effect may help to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease by maintaining levels of the neurotransmitter.70
• Shilajit increased levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in rat brains, making it an attractive candidate for treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.70
• In pre-clinical studies, shilajit produced significant increases in the endogenous antioxidants superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase in brain tissue. Increased levels of these enzymes protect vulnerable brain cells against the oxidative damage that leads to brain aging and cognitive decline.70
Banyan Botanicals Quality Control Statement
Certified Organic Herbs
Banyan Botanicals is focused on providing customers with the highest quality Ayurvedic herbs possible. Banyan begin with a firm commitment to certified organic growing and environmentally sustainable harvesting practices. Nearly all of Banyan's bulk herbs are USDA certified organically grown. The remaining few are organically grown without pesticides and are in the transitional period to becoming certified. Banyan is the industry leader in certified organic Ayurvedic herbs, offering the largest selection available.
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Banyan has an extensive system for maintaining the highest possible standards for quality control of our herbs. Your health and well-being is Banyan's highest priority, and everything we do is managed with that in mind. Banyan employs leading experts in the field of Ayurveda, and we have partnered with reputable laboratories in the U.S. and U.K. to ensure the purity and safety of our herbs.
Testing for botanicals is generally classified into the following four categories: Microbiologicals, Heavy Metals, Pesticides, and Identification.
Banyan requires microbiological testing and certificates of analysis from all of our suppliers for every batch of herbs. Testing is done in either the U.S. or in the U.K. All of our herbs and tablets are tested at third party labs. We do not rely on vendor certificates of analysis for testing data. The herbs are tested for the following:
Total Aerobic Microbial Count
Total combined yeast and molds
Our labs use USP methods 2021 and 2022 as specified by the United States Pharmacopoeia, which are in conformity with the standards specified by the AHPA (American Herbal Products Association). They are as follows:
Total aerobic microbial count 10^7
Total combined yeast and molds 10^5
E. Coli absent in 1 gm
Salmonella absent in 10 gm
Certificates of Analysis (C of A) with test results are available on request for all of our herbs.
Banyan tests our herbs and products for arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury using independent U.S. laboratories. All of our products are within the safety guidelines stipulated by the American National Standards Institute/National Sanitation Foundation International Dietary Supplement Standard 173 (ANSI 173). The acceptable limits for daily intake are as follows:
Arsenic content shall not exceed 0.01 milligrams per daily dose (10 micrograms per day)
Cadmium content shall not exceed 0.006 mg/d (6 micrograms per day)
Lead content shall not exceed 0.02 mg/d (20 micrograms per day)
Mercury content shall not exceed 0.02 mg/d (20 micrograms per day)
Banyan’s focus is on being a supplier of certified organic herbs. For an herb to be certified organic the farm must be certified to be free from the use of pesticides, sewage sludge, GMO’s and ionizing radiation. We do spot testing for pesticides in third party labs to ensure the integrity of the organic certification of our partner farms.
Some companies market their herbs as “organic”, but unless they are USDA certified by an accredited certifying agency of the National Organics Program (NOP) they have not been legally validated as organic. The NOP is the gold standard in the United States for certified organic materials. All of our organic herbs and products are USDA certified organic
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Banyan uses the industry accepted practice of organoleptic testing for the proper identification of our botanicals. This involves the physical examination of the herbs using the senses of sight, taste, smell and touch. Our staff includes recognized experts in the field of Ayurvedic herb identification. In addition, qualified botanists in both India and Sri Lanka conduct botanical verification of every species grown and also identify the species at the collection point. We use visual identification, microscopic identification (involving checking plant cell structures against pharmacopoeia standards) as well as Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) and High Performance Layer Chromatography (HPLC) to verify that what we are collecting is actually the correct species. Only on passing these tests do the plants proceed for further cleaning and drying.
Once dry, the herbs are subjected to tests in accordance with the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India. This reveals that the levels of solids, ash content and active ingredients present in the plants actually conform to the recommended reference ranges.
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All of our procedures at Banyan are in alignment with industry standards and in accordance with the Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA) and the FDA’s cGMPs (current Good Manufacturing Practices).
We are continually making improvements to our facility, systems and procedures. Every change we make is structured and characterized to be fully compliant with the USDA’s National Organic Program, ANSI Standard 173, AHPA standards and the new cGMP for Dietary Supplements. We firmly believe that we are well ahead of the industry standards in all of these areas, and we intend to stay ahead.
These standards of excellence will leave you with a finished product you can feel safe and confident consuming.*
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