benefits of shilajit
Shilajit is the most amazing natural substance found in the rocks of a mountain in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan. It is blackish to brown sticky exudation of variable consistency, extracting from the layer of mountain rocks. It is the best combination of fulvic and humic acid, over 80 organic trace minerals, carbon-60, amino acid, plant-based antioxidants, and lots of more beneficial elements that are good for our health. Shilajit has been using as the best healing medicine for thousands of years in different countries due to its enormous health benefits.
It produced by the decomposition of plant matter in the mountain; over thousands of years, the organic and plant matter trapped by the layer of the mountainous region. The geothermal pressure causes these plants then to be transformed into a potent mineral mass that is oozing out from the rocks, which is known as Shilajit.
Shilajit is a natural gift produced in the high altitude mountain ranges that has more than 80 dietary minerals and has extraordinary healing powers.
The nutrients and minerals in Shilajit have so many positive effects on the body; Shilajit comes with antioxidants and synergistic compounds that can improve your overall health.
In this article, we’re revealing the possible health benefits of Shilajit.
1. Alzheimer disease
Alzheimer’s is a brain disorder that causes problems with memory, thinking or behavior. There are many drug treatments available to cure the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. But due to the molecular composition of Shilajit, many researchers believe that it may prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s by reducing the size of protein and remove them from the body.
One of the primary antioxidant components of the Shilajit is fulvic acid that contributes to the cognitive system by preventing the growth of Tau protein. The Tau proteins are an essential part of the nervous system, but the accumulation can damage brain cells.
2. Chronic fatigue
It is a condition that causes extreme tiredness, body pain, lack of sleep, poor cognition, and fatigue. It is known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Having CFS would make it very difficult to do even routine tasks.
It often happens due to unregulated malfunction mitochondria and (HPA Axis) Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis. Some researches show that Shilajit is the best supplement that enhances mitochondrial health and helps to keep the HPA Axis regulated and reduce the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and restore energy.
3. Heart health
Shilajit is the best natural dietary substance that provides nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants that improve heart health. Shilajit is rich in humic acid that helps to lower the blood fat and prevent you from the severe hearth diseases and major strokes.
Researchers examined the cardiac performance of Shilajit and experimented on lab rats. Some of the rats injected with isoproterenol to cause a heart injury after the pretreatment of Shilajit. And surprisingly, they found that rats that are giving pretreatment of Shilajit had some cardiac injuries.
According to the study, humic acid as well effectively reduces fat and bad cholesterol that improve heart health.
4. Improve testosterone levels
Most often, low testosterone levels cause a lack of sex desire, loss of hair, loss of muscle, fatigue, and increase body fat. There is a study that was carried out for 90 days; a 250 mg daily intake of Shilajit effectively increased the testosterone levels in the male aged between 45-55 years old.
5. Male fertility
Shilajit is one of the best and natural substances that increase male fertility. According to a conducted study, more than 60 percent of infertile men took Shilajit every day after a meal for almost 90 days, and it results as surprisingly increase the sperm count and 12 percent increase in sperm mobility.
6. Iron deficiency anemia
Iron deficiency anemia is the type of anemia, a condition that can result from a blood loss, low-iron diet, or inability to absorb iron.
The symptoms of Iron deficiency anemia are; weakness, fatigue, headache, cold hands and feet, irregular heartbeat
However, Shilajit is the best supplement that increases iron levels in your body. A study conducted on 18 rats, which were divided into three groups; each group contained six rats. The researcher then induced anemia in the 2nd and 3rd groups. After 11 days, the rats in the 3rd group received pretreatment of 500 mg of Shilajit, and the researcher collected a blood sample of the rats from all groups after 21 days.
The result was quite surprising, it revealed that rats of the 3rd group had higher levels of hematocrit, hemoglobin, and red blood cell compared to the rats of 2nd groups.
Fulvic acid is the most active, anti-inflammatory, and potent antioxidant that prevents cellular damage and free radicals.
These anti-oxidants slow down the process of oxidation in the body that results in slowing down the overall aging process and make you stay younger.
Also, free radicals in the body are responsible for cell damages by accumulating toxins in the body.
Shilajit is the best anti-toxin that removes these toxins from your body and keeps your cell nourishes and keeps you healthy for long.
8. Improve blood flow
Fulvic acid promotes healthy blood flow in the body that allows the absorption of necessary nutrients into deep tissues.
Fulvic acid also works as a detoxifier and removes the harmful toxins ended in the deep tissue of your body.
9. High altitude sickness
High altitude sickness is a condition when you’re hiking, climbing at high altitude, and your body not get enough oxygen and causes this sickness. Higher altitude may cause insomnia, body pain, pulmonary edema, hypoxia, etc.
But Shilajit may help to overcome high altitude sickness, as it has more than 80 abundant minerals that offer enormous health benefits. It can works as antioxidants to enhance immunity and memory of the body and also function as anti-inflammatory, a diuretic that removes excess fluid from the body. Due to these benefits, Shilajit considers a healing substance to cure high altitude sickness.
10. Help to ease inflammation
The higher neutrophils can cause damage to tissues and as a result, produce inflammation in your body.
Shilajit has fulvic, and humic acid can reduce inflammation and effectively lowering neutrophils. It also contains a potassium hamate of humic acid that blocks the complement activation, decreasing the production of cytokines, which are the broad category of small proteins and inflammatory substances, which are essential in cell signaling.
11. Protection against radiation
We are living in a society where sometimes unintentionally gets exposed to the radiation that might raise oxidative stress, and it can damage many organs of the body.
Furthermore, radiotherapy can also cause so many severe health issues, but Shilajit can protect or decrease the damage and improve your overall health.
12. Good for diabetes
Shilajit is a rich antioxidant, a natural substance that can prevent you from Type-2 diabetes as it protects the β cells (beta cells) in the gland organ pancreas that is responsible for insulin production. It can also prevent diabetes from progressing more. So, regular intake of Shilajit can improve diabetics’ condition.
13. Enhance memory
In Ayurveda medicine, Shilajit has been used as a memory enhancer, which increases focus and learning capabilities. A study carried out on the rats, and pure Shilajit improves the learning memory of the old rats. And if you intake low-quality or impure Shilajit, it may hurt cognitive functions.
14. Help stress and anxiety
An animal studies, conducted and it shows that Shilajit has the ability to increase the dopamine level in limbic (emotional regions in the brain) that may reduce the anxiety and the harmful effects of mind with its active antioxidant properties and rich nutrients. In this experiment, Shilajit increased the GABA level in the brain that calms neurotransmitter, also explains their anti-seizure properties.
15. Help to overcome addiction
Shilajit has so many beneficial active elements that can help to overcome addiction. It can reduce the addictive curb behavior by altering the dopamine levels in the limbic system, which is the emotional region in the brain. However, the researcher working on it to prove all these claims.
Side effects of Shilajit
Although Shilajit is a safe, natural herb but there is also fewer side effects if you are not using correctly.
You should not consume unprocessed or raw Shilajit as it contains free radicals, heavy metal ions, fungus, and a lot of other contamination that can cause server sickness. So whether you are purchasing online or from a store, make sure it is well purified and ready to use.
Shilajit has not monitored for purity, quality, or strength by USFDA (US Food and Drug Administration).
Don’t consume Shilajit if you have thalassemia, hemochromatosis, or sickle cell anemia. It can be allergic to Shilajit, also stop taking Shilajit if you develop increased heart rate, rash, or dizziness.
How to use shilajit
Shilajit is available in sticky liquid, solid, and powder forms. Must consume Shilajit intake according to instructions.
If you are taking the supplement in liquid form, consider the size of grain or pea and dissolve in the liquid and drink it 1-3 times a day. If you are taking Shilajit in powder form, take intake twice a day with milk. The most recommended measurement of a dose is 300 to 500 mg every day. But for getting more benefits, always consult with your GP about the dosage of Shilajit.
Bio-active component of Shilajit
Shilajit is the best natural substance made of organic plant matters and hummus (60 to 80%). These plant matters were compressed in the rocks of the mountain thousands of years ago. The geothermal pressure causes these organic components into a mineral mass, which ooze from the cracks of the rocks in summer and local collect in the raw form then purified by the expert team and produce potent Shilajit.
- fulvic acid which is the primary and most active ingredient
- 85 beneficial minerals
- humic acid
- microbial metabolites organic plant
- amino acid
- phenolic glycosides
Research shows that plant metabolites and fulvic acid are the primary carriers of the health benefits; they believe that compound mixture in Shilajit contains many other compounds that act in synergy.
Quality and types of Shilajit
The quality and types of Shilajit depend on the region from where they are extracting in raw form, the obtained compound influenced by these factors;
- geographical origin of mountain
- organic plant matter varieties that were compressed into rocks
- quality of soil
- local temperatures
For example, Shilajit from Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan has (~21%) fulvic acid than India, (~15%) from Nepal and (~19%) from Russia.
So the Shilajit that is extracted from the Gilgit is the most potent Shilajit of the world.
There are four different varieties of Shilajit;
- Silver Shilajit ( white color)
- Gold Shilajit (reddish color)
- Iron-containing Shilajit (brown to blackish)
- Copper Shilajit (blue color)
Copper and Gold Shilajit are very rare and hard to find. The most effective and common variety is iron-containing Shilajit that extracts from Gilgit, purified naturally in sun drying, and then serve to the customer as potent Shilajit. Because Gilgit Baltistan mountain regions have rich minerals, natural plants, produce the most potent Shilajit with all mineral preserves.