A few weeks ago, prompted by my son, Jordan, who’s gone on a serious health kick, I started taking some nutritional supplements. I’ve never been big on supplements myself, for a variety of reasons, the biggest of which is that you kind of have to go on faith when you’re taking them. Sure, some have scientific evidence of their benefits, but for most people, taking some kind of vitamins or superfood or anti-oxidant isn’t going to produce a “WOW” effect. And all the warm fuzzy “I feel so much better” testimonials can be pretty easily chalked up to placebo effect.
So when I tried moomiyo, and had a “WOW” effect, not just once, or twice, but three days in a row, it really got my attention. Full disclosure: after years of swearing I was never going to get involved with selling a nutrition product, I decided to become a distributor for a company that sells moomiyo. Keep reading and you’ll understand why. This is not a sales pitch, just me sharing my experience and research, because I want everyone I know and care about to at least look into moomiyo, maybe even give it a try. I owe it to you, and you owe it to yourself.
A little background
I weigh close to 400 lbs. Yes, really. It may not show in my headshot, or even in person, and I move around pretty well for a guy my size, but it does create some problems. And I’m working on it. I’m eating healthier, and less. I’m working with a nutritionist / personal trainer. I got a bike (well, trike). I’ve been going to the gym fairly regularly for several months.
When I first started taking cardio classes (boxing/kickboxing), I could only make it through about 10 minutes of class before I felt like I was about to have a heat stroke. My trainer told me to check my pulse, and it was hitting 180 beats per minute… way too high for cardio. I started taking 5-minute cool-downs whenever I needed, so I could continue working out and get more than just 10 minutes of cardio. I worked my way up to making it through about 40 minutes of class with three breaks, so about 30 minutes of actual workout. I’d finish out the hour with some weight training. I was making progress.
And then I took moomiyo.
About 10 minutes after taking it, there’s a noticeable effect – not a buzz, not a burst of energy, just… well, the best way I can describe it is that I felt like I was taking deeper breaths… not just that my lungs were, but that my whole body was. Maybe it was just placebo effect, but I have a history of being very resistant even to things that I want to work. And this stuff… well, I didn’t really care whether it worked or not – I was just willing to try it.
But let’s talk about more concrete results…
When I walked into the gym, I headed straight for the dual adjustable pulley machine, which I use for most of my workout. I was feeling… strong. So I decided to test it. I put the selector on the bottom of the stack – ?? lbs. resistance – and started with a tricep pulldown. Now, that weight for me is normally really difficult – liftable, maybe not quite my max, but certainly not something I could do 15-20 reps with. I pulled. And it felt like… nothing. I cranked out 30 reps — it was effortless.
For the entire workout, I was lifting about 25% more weight than usual.
Not only that, as I came back around to my 2nd and 3rd sets, I was able to keep the same weight, whereas before I usually dropped it down a notch with each set.
And, I do my 3rd sets to failure, which usually for me was a few less reps than I had been doing the previous sets. With the moomiyo, I found myself actually doing more reps to get to failure, and, as I said, at the same weight as the previous sets.
I figure that between the additional weight and additional reps, I increased my total workout by close to 50%! Probably the most intense workout of my life.
Well, you can imagine my excitement. Of course, I was also worried that I would wake up the next morning in severe pain.
Didn’t happen. I could tell I’d worked out, but I didn’t have one sore muscle, cramp or aching joint. Not one.
Moomiyo, day 2 and on
Cardio kickboxing usually kicks my butt. This day, I barely broke a sweat during the warm-up. 10 minutes into class… no problem. Heart rate is good. No feeling like I’m about to have a heat stroke. 20 minutes… still good. 30 minutes… break time. Break? Seriously? I did need the water, but came back ready to go. 40, 50, 60 minutes – amazing!
I made it through the entire hour, with only the same breaks as everyone else in the class. Combine that with the fact that I was working out at higher intensity too, and I nearly doubled my cardio workout.
Now, I can’t imagine going to the gym without taking moomiyo first. Not only am I getting more intense workouts, I feel better while I’m doing it, am less exhausted when I’m done, and pain-free in the morning (and, of course, much more motivated about going to the gym). I’ve got plenty of witnesses at my gym that can attest to the dramatic changes both my son and I have shown from taking moomiyo.
In fact, after learning all the other benefits of moomiyo, I’ve just started taking it every day, whether I’m working out or not.
What exactly is moomiyo?
In short, it’s a mysterious goo that oozes out of the mountains and no one’s quite sure exactly how it’s formed, though there are several theories. According to Wikipedia:
Shilajit, also known as shilajit, silajit, mumijo, and momia [and mumie and moomiyo], is a thick, sticky tar-like substance with a color ranging from white to dark brown (the latter is more common), sometimes found in Caucasus mountains, Altai mountains and Tibet mountains.
It is used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine. The composition of Shilajit has been investigated numerous times in both India and the former USSR, and depends on the location where it is found. It has been reported to contain at least 85 minerals in Ionic form, including triterpenes and aromatic carboxylic acid, as well as humic acid and fulvic acid. A similar substance from the Caucasus Mountains, and Altai mountains is called Mumijo (Russian).
[…] It is still unclear whether it has geological or biological origin as it has numerous traces of vitamins and aminoacids. » Read more
Shilajit has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.
In the 20th century, the Soviet Union incorporated moomiyo as a core part of the training regimen for Russian athletes and cosmonauts. It’s also been used by the Chinese acrobat team, many other top Asian athletes, and a growing number of athletes worldwide.
It’s also been used for 50 years in Russian hospitals to accelerate the healing of bone fractures.
What all does moomiyo do?
Moomiyo/shilajit has been the subject of hundreds of controlled scientific studies throughout Asia. Those studies have found moomiyo to have an astoundingly diverse range of potential applications:
- Accelerated healing (bones & wounds)
- Allergy treatment
- Altitude sickness
- Anti-inflammatory (arthritis, rheumatism)
- Athletic performance (improved strength & stamina, speeds recovery time)
- Burn treatment
- Diabetes treatment (lowers blood sugar)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Immune system
- Learning and memory
- Pain relief
- Smart drug
- Weight loss
- Wikipedia reference list
- National Center for Biotechnology Information
- Huge Mumijo research bibliography
Now, before you get all excited (or skeptical) at this natural wonder-drug…
This product has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Yup, that’s right, the FDA hasn’t evaluated it, so no one in the U.S. can claim that it actually does any of the things listed above, regardless of the research, because it’s not American research. All we can say is that there have been studies done elsewhere that indicate these possible benefits.
If it’s this wonder-drug, why isn’t the FDA looking at it? Simply put, there’s no real money to be made at it.
The FDA approval process is long and expensive… for each claimed benefit. It would cost millions upon millions of dollars to get FDA clearance to advertise the product as a solution to any of the items listed above. And since no one holds a patent on it (Mother Nature was kind enough to open-source it), no company can monopolize the product to allow them to charge inflated prices to recoup the cost of the FDA approval.
In fact, not only does the FDA have no interest in making moomiyo available to you, they’re actually scheming to take away your access to nutritional supplements. Yup, that’s right – the FDA is working to take any nutritional supplement off the market that was formulated after 1994, i.e., most of them. As Natural News reports:
[T]he FDA can now position itself as the gatekeeper for all supplement approvals. Far from merely being a requirement to “notify” the FDA of the use of new ingredients, NDI rules essentially subject supplements to approval from the FDA.
As the FDA has proven time and time again, it can simply refuse to approve anything used in natural products. Even today, the FDA refuses to approve walnuts for preventing heart disease, or vitamin C preventing scurvy. The FDA won’t even admit that vitamin D can prevent rickets! Imagine the difficulty of trying to get the FDA to approve cherry extracts, or Chinese medicine herbs, or glucosamine for that matter. Nearly all the top supplements you’ve come to enjoy and value over the last two and a half decades are now threatened with being utterly outlawed and stripped off the shelves. » Read more
If you’re concerned about your continued access to life-enhancing and potentially life-saving natural nutritional supplements, learn more and take action at Health Freedoms, Life Extension and Alliance for Natural Health.
Want to try moomiyo?
Let’s put aside all those other potential medical benefits. What would it be worth to you to have a 25-50% increase in the effectiveness of your workouts, both strength training and cardio? Try a bottle. In the grand scheme of things, it’s a tiny investment to experience its benefits for yourself.
From there, you need to be careful. Ironically, you have to be careful about this stuff just straight out of the ground. There have been some recent reports of contamination with heavy metals (lead, mercury and even arsenic). Health Canada reported in 2005 to have found these heavy metals in shilajit capsules manufactured by Dabur India Ltd. Of course, that was 6 years ago. Also, there have been cases of unscrupulous sellers passing off other substances as shilajit/mumiyo.
Point is, buy from a source you can trust.[EDIT: Removed supplier references for compliance reasons]
Finally, one important note: there are no known side effects, but like any supplement or drug, moomiyo affects everyone differently. Trust your body. Also, whatever purpose you’re taking it for, if you don’t notice the effects within a month, you’re probably not going to. If it’s not working for you, don’t throw good money after bad. Talk to a health care professional and find something that will.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them as a comment or contact me privately. If you do try it, please do come back and leave a comment about your experience.