One of the most popular medicines of Ayurveda, Moomiyo, cannot be classified as animal or plant substance, but a special kind of mineral pitch that comes from the rocks of Central Asia mountains during summer. This substance has been used for a very long time in the traditional Indian medicine known as Ayurveda, mostly as an adaptogen. Moomiyo has been used traditionally to help with any condition which benefits from high levels of Iron, like asthma and arthritis.
In an early text on Ayurveda, Charak Samhita, Moomiyo is characterized as a product of 4 different minerals – iron, gold, copper and silver. Many people nowadays suffer from low iron levels, which is one of the reasons Moomiyo is so beneficial in treating anemia, for example. Iron deficiency brings many health issues, like poor physical endurance and muscle weakness.
In this article, we’ll focus on a single study which investigated possible side effects and safety concerns over Moomiyo and iron levels in the blood. The study featured four groups of rats which received different doses of Shilajit (500, 2.500 ad 6.500 milligrams per kg) for 91 days. At the end of the study, rats were sacrificed in order to investigate any possible dangers Moomiyo might have on their bodies.
The study concluded that control group had the same levels of iron as four other groups of rats; furthermore, all organs had the same weight except liver, which was insignificantly heavier, in cases where the highest dose of Moomiyo has been administrated. These results led to a conclusion that using Moomiyo, even long term, is safe to include as a dietary supplement for many disorders which benefit from nutrients with higher levels of iron, like anemia.