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What is the difference between Himalayan shilajit and Altai shilajit?

Shilajit is a gift of nature to mankind. It is used by traditional medicine and herbal practitioners to treat fractures, dislocations, poisoning, poliomyelitis, epilepsy, paralysis, ulcerative gastrointestinal tract, bladder diseases, tuberculosis, diabetes mellitus, respiratory system diseases, asthma, angina, kidney, liver, spleen, thrombophlebitis, etc. It gives natural strength to the entire human body.

Today there are two leaders on the natural shilajit market: Altai "mountain resin" and Himalayan shilajit. Let's try to compare these two amazing remedies and understand which of them you can confidently entrust treatment of your body.

Natural origin.

It is not known for certain how the viscous natural resin named shilajit is formed. There are several theories, but none of them has been 100% proven to this day:

  • According to one of the hypotheses, shilajit is oil vapor-deposited on mountain rocks.
  • According to the second theory, shilajit is a mixture of wax and honey from wild bees.
  • In the Himalayas and Tien Shan, locals believe that shilajit is the fossilized excrement of ancient animals.

The most amazing thing is that the latest scientific research confirms the veracity of all the listed theories! Therefore, it would be correct to say that there are several types of shilajit:

  • Mineral,
  • Vegetal,
  • Animal origin.

Altai Shilajit is considered a mixed mineral and vegetal product. Before becoming a medical remedy, raw vegetal shilajit have been processed by beneficial bacteria and fungi that live in the soil for more than a dozen, or even more than one hundreds of years. At the same time, it is enriched with a whole spectrum of antibiotics, vasodilators, and anticoagulants, turning into a unique natural biocomponent.

The natural formation process of Altai shilajit has been studied in sufficient detail, almost 100%. Of course, the fact that the origin of natural resin from the Altai mountains is known for certain to science is a huge advantage of shilajit from Russia.

The composition of the components.

Here we come to the main advantage of Altai shilajit over Himalayan shilajit. The healing resin extracted in the Altai mountains has a richer set of organic and mineral substances in a more concentrated ratio.

According to the results of scientific research, Altai shilajit is recognized as the best type of shilajit in the world. It is valued much higher than not only the Himalayan but also the Kyrgyz and Indian shilajit. The therapeutic effect of Altai Shilajit is considered to be the fastest and most effective.

The problem with counterfeits - the main disadvantage of Himalayan shilajit.

Himalayan shilajit, in turn, has been popular on the world market of natural medicines for many decades. As a result, Himalayan Shilajit remedy has become the subject of a large number of fakes and counterfeits by unscrupulous local Himalayan companies. Health Canada in 2003 even issued a warning letter for consumers not to use certain Himalayan shilajit products because they contain high levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and/or arsenic. This means that you should be especially careful when purchasing Himalayan shilajit. By the way - none of Russian, Siberian Altai companies were ever mentioned in Health Canada statement as having any quality or safety issues. Shilajit coming from Siberia Altai is always tested by local Russian and many times – by USA, ISO certified laboratories.


Both of the remedies discussed in the article have both pros and cons. However, the potential of Altai shilajit is still not fully explored, experts consider it more promising. While Himalayan shilajit is a time-tested medicine...which, unfortunately, is often been faked… or simply diluted..

Which shilajit to choose, a natural resin from the serene Altai mountains or an ancient medicine from the distant Himalayas, is up to you, however, the decision to take shilajit should only be made after consulting a healthcare specialist.

May you live to be a hundred!

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