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PURIFIED SHILAJIT BENEFITS & USES

A game-changing adaptogen for men AND women, Shilajit supports energy, hormones, mood, focus, circulation, and even boosts natural collagen production.

Our ultra pure Shilajit capsules are also backed by human clinical research, unlike all the Shilajit resin that everyone else is selling (they’re safer than most of them too).

Scroll down to learn more about what Shilajit is, how it works, and how to tell quality Shilajit from not-so-quality Shilajit.

Choq

PURIFIED SHILAJIT BENEFITS & USES

A game-changing adaptogen for men AND women, Shilajit supports energy, hormones, mood, focus, circulation, and even boosts natural collagen production.

Our ultra pure Shilajit capsules are also backed by human clinical research, unlike all the Shilajit resin that everyone else is selling (they’re safer than most of them too).

Scroll down to learn more about what Shilajit is, how it works, and how to tell quality Shilajit from not-so-quality Shilajit.

A LITTLE ABOUT US

Our Formulation Philosophy

Most supplements out there today feature trendy, marketable ingredients but often at measly sub-threshold doses, like 5 milligrams of fenugreek buried in a proprietary blend of 15 ingredients.

This practice, called ‘Fairy Dusting’, is a shameful but all too common strategy for maximizing profits.  It helps all the less-than-scrupulous wannabes get away with charging top dollar for products that cost $3 a bottle to make.

All fluff and no substance.

CHOQ® formulates around award-winning, research-based ingredients, using enough of each one to ensure that the amount you’re taking actually does something.

We only use active doses as a matter of principle, and we always disclose the exact amount on the label so you know we’re telling the truth.

We also feature our ultra pure Shilajit capsules in some of our expert-blended CHOQ STAQs.

Ingredients that work, at doses that work.  That’s the CHOQ® Formulation Philosophy.

Backed by Research
Your uncle, your old roommate, your golfing buddy.  Anyone can start a turnkey supplements company these days to make some extra scratch, and most of them produce generic “me too” products because they don’t have the expertise to build their own formulas.

Too many products out there are created with cheap, untested, non-standardized ingredients.  CHOQ® formulas feature name-brand ingredients backed by clinical research and analyzed using HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) and other analytical methods to verify potency and purity.

The trademarked ingredients in CHOQ® Action 2.0 have been the subject of over 50 clinical studies because, even though we’re serious about herbs, we feel that scientific validation is critical in today’s Wild West landscape.

Clean Excipients

Bottom-of-the-barrel binders, fillers, flow agents, and capsules…just to save two pennies a bottle.  Welcome to the world of business-as-usual in the supplements industry.

If a company is putting their products inside of capsules made of artificially dyed, pesticide-laden Chinese beef gelatin, do you really think they care about quality?  Our truly pure Shilajit Capsules are made of vegan plant cellulose and not gelatin because it’s worth paying the extra money for a truly clean product.

Natural, Bioavailable ingredients

The cheapest nutrients are often the ones that chemists first learned how to synthesize almost 100 years ago, and despite advancements in the creation of more natural, bioavailable vitamins and minerals, the warehouses are still stockpiled with barrels upon barrels of low-bioavailability vitamins that were probably made during the Cold War.

Take the synthetic B12 Cyanocobalamin, for example.  It was created in the 1940s and is still used today, despite the fact that it doesn’t occur anywhere in nature and contains cyanide.  At CHOQ®, we only use nutrients in molecular forms that are safe and bioavailable, such as methylcobalamin (B12) and 5-MTHF (folate).

Additionally, all of our products are 100% vegan.

What makes our Shilajit Legit?

TWO WORDS: Research and Safety

The benefits of Shilajit have been known for thousands of years, but only recently has it been the subject of scientific scrutiny to determine both its safety and its efficacy.

Shilajit resin is NOT backed by clinical research like our Shilajit capsules are.  The only kind of Shilajit that has clinical research behind it is the one we use in CHOQ Purified Shilajit.

This ultra pure Shilajit has been scientifically verified by 8 different studies.

Click here to learn more about why our product is superior to Shilajit Resin

 

RESEARCH-BASED BENEFITS OF SHILAJIT INCLUDE:

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All-Day Energy by Maximizing Mitochondrial ATP Production

CHOQ® Purified Shilajit capsules support the synthesis of ATP, the primary energy currency of the cell.  When your ATP levels are optimized, you don’t need to rely on stimulants to constantly push your adrenals, so you don’t have to worry about afternoon crashes or burnout.

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Healthy Collagen Production for Skin, Bones, and Joints

Collagen is a critical scaffolding that supports your connective tissues while ensuring that your bones stay strong and your skin retains its suppleness and elasticity.  CHOQ® Purified Shilajit has been scientifically proven to enhance blood flow to the skin and increase the expression of genes that regulate collagen production. 

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Nitric Oxide Synthesis and Circulatory Health

Our ultra pure Shilajit is the only Shilajit on the market that has been scientifically demonstrated to increase nitric oxide production by 30%, enhancing blood flow to the muscles, heart, and brain, which translates to sustained energy, focus, and a healthy mood.

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Enhancement of Intracellular CoQ10 Activity

Whether you take Coenzyme Q10 or would just like to get more out of what your cells are already producing naturally, CHOQ’s ultra pure Shilajit enhances the activity of this vital compound to increase your metabolic efficiency so you can produce more energy with each heartbeat.

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Increases in Testosterone for Men

After these Shilajit capsules were administered to healthy male volunteers for 90 days, it raised both free testosterone by 19%.  It also significantly increased DHEA, the direct precursor to testosterone.  Our men’s product, CHOQ Daily, features 500 mg of Shilajit and other herbs meant to support male vitality.

Note that Shilajit does not excessively raise testosterone in women because it’s an adaptogen (click here for more infomation)

SHILAJIT: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

What is Shilajit?

 

Shilajit is an ‘herbomineral’, meaning that it’s a combination of broken-down plant material and minerals.  It’s originally in resin form, but our ultra pure Shilajit is actually a 4:1 concentrated, lab-verified extract.

Shilajit resin is first harvested from mountains, usually in the Himalayas, and has been used for at least 5,000 years to support health and vitality.  It must then be purified and run through a lab to ensure safety and potency.

Shilajit is extremely rich in trace minerals but also contains various powerful health-promoting compounds, including:

  • Humic Acids
  • Fulvic Acids
  • Dibenzo-alpha-pyrones (DBPs)
  • Dibenzo-alpha-pyrone chromoproteins (DCPs)

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How long does it take for Shilajit to work?

 

Many people report the benefits of Shilajit capsules or Shilajit resin within a couple of hours if a sufficient dose it taken.  Profound effects can be seen after many weeks of consecutive use, however.

If you’re a man looking to support healthy free and total testosterone levels, the research is clear: 90 days at 500 mg per day can have significant effects.

In the two studies in which this specialized Shilajit extract was demonstrated to support healthy skin and collagen production, results were found after 8 and 14 weeks.

Click here to learn more about how CHOQ Shilajit can support collagen, bone, and skin health

Note that because CHOQ uses evidence-based dosing, our Shilajit is dosed at 500 mg, which is the exact amount used in all of these studies. 

What is Shilajit used for?

 

The main benefits of Shilajit are:

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Shilajit benefits for women

 

Although the Shilajit we use has been demonstrated to significantly increase Testosterone levels in men, there are many benefits of Shilajit for females as well.

Shilajit does not inappropriately raise testosterone levels in women.  Much like Ashwagandha and Tongkat Ali, Shilajit is an adaptogen and therefore supports healthy hormone balance.  These adaptogens support hormones in a dynamic fashion and work with the unique physiology of the individual who takes them.

Many women take our Shilajit capsules to support healthy mood,  energy, focus, and collagen production (which is essential for healthy skin and joints).

Some of the benefits of Shilajit for women include:

  • Healthy mood and focus
  • Sustained energy levels
  • Healthy circulation
  • Increased collagen production
  • Skin elasticity
  • Bone health (collagen is essential for healthy bones)

In fact, a study that was performed on the exact Shilajit that we use in our product was done exclusively on female volunteers.  After 14 weeks of taking 500 mg per day (the same dose we offer), the women in the study showed increased expression of genes that regulate collagen and elastin production.

Click here to read a summary of the research on this special Shilajit’s effects on collagen, skin, and bones

They authors of the study also measured Shilajit’s effects on skin microperfusion, which is another way of saying ‘blood flow to the skin’.  They deteremined that Shilajit was in fact able to increase how much circulation there was in the skin of the women in the study.

Our ultra pure Shilajit extract can be found in the following STAQs for women:

We also offer it in these STAQs for men:

Shilajit’s effect on collagen, skin, and bones

 

Most people believe that you need to consume collagen directly in order to support collagen synthesis in your body.  While there is some evidence that collagen supplements may be helpful, they’re not suitable for vegans and also can contain high amounts of pesticides if they’re not organic.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and is essential not only for healthy, elastic, supple skin, but also for all bone and joint tissue in the body.

The specific Shilajit that we use in our product has been the subject of eight studies, two of which investigated its effects on collagen.

Shilajit collagen study #1

The first of these two papers is titled ‘the Human Skeletal Muscle Transcriptome in Response to Oral Shilajit Supplementation’.

In this 2016 study, researchers gave 500 mg per day of the exact Shilajit that we use to people for 8 weeks and then measured changes in the genes that regulate collagen production.  They found that 17 different genes that relate to the production of collagen, elastin, and other related proteins were significantly enhanced.

Click on the image below to download the paper:

A small picture of "The Human Skeletal Muscle Transcriptome in Response to Oral Shilajit Supplementation"

Shilajit collagen study #2

The second of these studies, ‘Skin Transcriptome of Middle-Aged Women Supplemented With Natural Herbo-mineral Shilajit Shows Induction of Microvascular and Extracellular Matrix Mechanisms’, was done exclusively on women.

In this study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, women were either given 250 or 500 mg of the same proprietary Shilajit extract that we use for 14 weeks.  The researchers measured its effects on skin gene expression as well as skin microperfusion (blood circulation to the skin).

Circulation to the skin decreases with age, and thus the researchers wanted to see if Shilajit could help combat the signs of aging in middle-aged women.

At the 500 mg / day dose (the same dose we use in CHOQ Shilajit), the researchers found that Shilajit increased the expression of genes relevant to growth of blood vessels, skin cell migration, and the production of collagen

After measuring the blood flow in the womens’ skin, the researchers also concluded that Shilajit significantly increased microperfusion.

Click on the image below to download the paper:

Shilajit Collagen and Skin Study

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How do I find a truly pure Shilajit product?

 

If you want to find the best shilajit, or at least even a safe shilajit, then you have to know which questions to ask the manufacturer.

Whether you’re buying Shilajit capsules or Shilajit resin, it’s extremely important that you ask the company these questions:

  • Do you test your Shilajit for heavy metals and other contaminants like bacteria and fungi?
  • Is your Shilajit purified or are you selling raw Shilajit?
  • How do you purify your Shilajit?  Is it with water or are you also using harsh chemicals?
  • Does the Canadian government allow your Shilajit resin to be imported or not?
  • PRO-TIP: Amazon Shilajit resins tend to be extra shady, so make sure you ask these companies especially

Why is your product better than Shilajit resin?

 

All Shilajit starts off in a resin-like form, but the one we use is a highly purified 4:1 extract that’s easy to absorb and tested extensively for contaminants.

Shilajit has to be properly purified and tested so that it does not contain dangerous levels of heavy metals like mercury, lead, and cadmium.

The Canadian government has cracked down on these dangerous Shilajit resins and does not allow most of them to be sold legally.  The extract in CHOQ Purified Shilajit capsules, however, is permitted in Canada because it’s so clean.

 

A small excerpt from "Health Canada Warns Consumers not to use certain Ayurvedic medicinal products"

 

Not all the Shilajit resin products that you find on Amazon or elsewhere on the Internet are safe and effective.  Made properly, Shilajit is extremely safe.  Made improperly, it can be dangerous.

The material we use in our ultra pure Shilajit product is actually a 4:1 extract of Shilajit resin, meaning that 4 grams of the resin are used to produce 1 gram of this extract.

 

CHOQ PURIFIED SHILAJIT VERSUS SHILAJIT RESIN:

  

CHOQ Shilajit: supported by 8 studies

TAR IN A JAR: no clinical research

 

CHOQ Shilajit: extensively tested for contaminants

TAR IN A JAR: may or may not be tested at all

 

CHOQ Shilajit: water-purified without toxic chemicals

TAR IN A JAR: may or may not be properly purified

 

CHOQ Shilajit: uses evidence-based dosing (500 mg)

TAR IN A JAR: dosing is often arbitrary

CHOQ Shilajit: in a rapidly-dissolving vegan capsule

TAR IN A JAR: must be pinched off manually

  

  

CHOQ Shilajit: supported by 8 studies

TAR IN A JAR: no clinical research

 

CHOQ Shilajit: extensively tested for contaminants

TAR IN A JAR: may or may not be tested at all

 

CHOQ Shilajit: water-purified without toxic chemicals

TAR IN A JAR: may or may not be properly purified

 

CHOQ Shilajit: uses evidence-based dosing (500 mg)

TAR IN A JAR: dosing is often arbitrary

CHOQ Shilajit: in a rapidly-dissolving vegan capsule

TAR IN A JAR: must be pinched off manually

  

Research Summary – Shilajit Benefits for Brain, Focus, and Concentration

 

Here are some excerpts about Shilajit benefits, history, and research from the 2012 paper Shilajit: A Natural Phytocomplex with Potential Procognitive Activity:

Shilajit, also known in the north of India as salajit, shilajatu, mimie, or mummiyo is a blackish-brown powder or an exudate from high mountain rocks, especially in the Himalayans mountains between India and Nepal, although it has been also found in Russia, Tibet, Afghanistan, and now in the north of Chile, named as Andean Shilajit.

 

Shilajit has been known and used for centuries by the Ayurvedic medicine, as a rejuvenator and as antiaging compound. There are two important characteristics of a rasayana compound in the ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine: that is, to increase physical strength and to promote human health.”

 

“Considering its unique composition as a phytocomplex, very rich in fulvic acid, researchers hypothesize that Shilajit is produced by the decomposition of plant material from species such as Euphorbia royleana and Trifolium repens. This decomposition seems to occur through centuries, and on this basis, shilajit is considered a millenary product of nature. However, further studies have identified that several other plant organisms may generate shilajit…”

 

Shilajit is composed mainly of humic substances, including fulvic acid, that account for around 60% to 80% of the total nutraceutical compound plus some oligoelements including selenium of antiaging properties. The humic substances are the results of degradation of organic matter, mainly vegetal substances, which is the result of the action of many microorganisms.

 

Other molecules present in shilajit preparations are eldagic acid, some fatty acids, resins, latex, gums, albumins, triterpenes, sterols, aromatic carboxylic acids, 3,4-benzocoumarins, amino acids, polyphenols, and phenolic lipids. Certainly its molecular composition varies from region to region.

 

Newer investigations…show that shilajit contains specific molecular species of polysaccharides and lignins. As humic components, humins, humic acids, and fulvic acids are found in all shilajit preparations, being the last one, fulvic acids, the biologically active compound, along with dibenzo-alpha-pyrones, which acts as carrier of other substances.”

 

“Shilajit is an important, known component of the ayurvedic medicine given its characteristics as a rasayana. In this context, health benefits such as an increase in longevity rejuvenating, and arresting aging roles have been attributed to it. Traditionally, shilajit is consumed by people from Nepal and the North of India, and children usually take it with milk in their breakfast.

 

The Sherpas claim to have shilajit as part of their diet; they constitute a population of strong men with very high levels of a healthy longevity. Our laboratory has found evidence on the high activity of the Andean form of shilajit in improving [learning] and as a stimulant of cognitive activity in humans”

 

Shilajit is a potent and very safe dietary supplement…application now appears to come from its actions in benefit of cognition…in essence, this is a nutraceutical product. Considering the expected impact of shilajit applications in the medical field, especially in neurological sciences, more investigations at the basic biological level are necessary, and certainly well-developed clinical trials, in order to understand how its active principles act at molecular and cellular levels.”

 

Citation:

Carrasco-Gallardo, C., Guzmán, L., & Maccioni, R. B. (2012). Shilajit: a natural phytocomplex with potential procognitive activity. International journal of AD, 2012, 674142. https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/674142

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List of Scientific References on Shilajit

Pandit, S., Biswas, S., Jana, U., De, R. K., Mukhopadhyay, S. C., & Biswas, T. K. (2016). Clinical evaluation of purified Shilajit on testosterone levels in healthy volunteers. Andrologia, 48(5), 570–575. https://doi.org/10.1111/and.12482

Mishra, R. K., Jain, A., & Singh, S. K. (2018). Profertility effects of Shilajit on cadmium-induced infertility in male mice. Andrologia, 50(8), e13064. https://doi.org/10.1111/and.13064

Lawley S, Gupta RC, Goad JT, Canerdy TD, Kalidindi SR (2013) J Vet Sci Anim Husb 1(3): 302. doi: 10.15744/2348-9790.1.302

Keller, J. L., Housh, T. J., Hill, E. C., Smith, C. M., Schmidt, R. J., & Johnson, G. O. (2019). The effects of Shilajit supplementation on fatigue-induced decreases in muscular strength and serum hydroxyproline levels. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 16(1), 3. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12970-019-0270-2

Das, A., S El Masry, M., Gnyawali, S. C., Ghatak, S., Singh, K., Stewart, R., Lewis, M., Saha, A., Gordillo, G., & Khanna, S. (2019). Skin Transcriptome of Middle-Aged Women Supplemented With Natural Herbo-mineral Shilajit Shows Induction of Microvascular and Extracellular Matrix Mechanisms. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 38(6), 526–536. https://doi.org/10.1080/07315724.2018.1564088

Das, A., Datta, S., Rhea, B., Sinha, M., Veeraragavan, M., Gordillo, G., & Roy, S. (2016). The Human Skeletal Muscle Transcriptome in Response to Oral Shilajit Supplementation. Journal of medicinal food, 19(7), 701–709. https://doi.org/10.1089/jmf.2016.0010

Biswas, T. K., Pandit, S., Mondal, S., Biswas, S. K., Jana, U., Ghosh, T., Tripathi, P. C., Debnath, P. K., Auddy, R. G., & Auddy, B. (2010). Clinical evaluation of spermatogenic activity of processed Shilajit in oligospermia. Andrologia, 42(1), 48–56. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0272.2009.00956.x