Shilajit is a substance that has been used in Eastern European Holistic and Ayurvedic medicine, an ancient practice that spans over 5,000 years. Eastern European holistic medicine along with Ayurveda originated in the east of Asia. Both practices were used primarily to improve health. To this day, many Asian countries still follow these ancient practices. If one thing can be said about traditional health practices, they stood the test of time. All holistic health practices have been built upon the concept that maintaining equilibrium in the body. Such balance leads to a longer and healthier life with a special emphasis on the fact that you don’t need prescription medicine to maintain your health. In Eastern European, Russian shamanic, Ayurvedic, Mongolian, Persian, Nepalese and Caucasus naturopathy traditions, shilajit is considered a pinnacle health substance.
Shilajit is a biogenic stimulant naturally made from fermented medicinal plants. Plants, mostly medicinal, are naturally gathered in the mountain crevices. It takes no less than forty years for the plants to ferment, develop metabolites and many biologically active substances. This organic matter turns in what is known as shilajit bearing rock. This raw material is what is made into shilajit.
It is important to understand what a biogenic stimulant is, to understand shilajit properly. When plants are subjected to harsh conditions of environmental stress, such as extreme colds and heat, intense solar rays, atmospheric precipitation, such plant develop multiple protective compounds. These compounds, if extracted and ingested by a human, improve metabolism, resilience to stressors and overall health. The genius of shilajit, a mineral pitch for human consumption, is that it is made out of hundreds and sometimes thousands of plants.
Properly prepared, Shilajit is a powerhouse of natural elements and biologically active substances the human body can easily assimilate . Shilajit, if genuine and authentic, is capable of quickly shifting human chemistry to align with health and longevity. A known active ingredient in shilajit is ashless humic acid.
HEALTHY BLOOD SUGAR AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Shilajit has been proven to contribute to healthy lipid profiles and maintain healthy blood glucose levels. This is an especially useful method when shilajit is taken with other herbs, improving blood sugar health.
In a study performed with a shilajit based poly-herbal formulation D-400, shilajit was able to significantly contribute to healthy levels of blood sugar.
PROMOTES BRAIN HEALTH
Studies have shown that shilajit has neuroprotective activity, meaning that it naturally protects brain cells. A study performed in 2013 conducted by the Physiology Research Center at the Kerman University of Medical Sciences in Iran, demonstrated that shilajit has positive effects on brain health and blood-brain barrier permeability.
Furthermore, shilajit has exhibited healthy anxiety response effects. This is because shilajit modifies GABA levels (an amino acid in the brain) to normal.
IMPROVED HEALTH OF THE IMMUNE AND HORMONE SYSTEMS
Shilajit has an added benefit of contributing to the health of systems in the body, including healthy balancing of the hormonal and immune systems. Many who research the properties of shilajit agree that it possesses numerous beneficial properties due to the way it optimizes these systems.
Specifically, shilajit has an effect on the health of reproductive hormone functions. As mentioned previously, Shilajit increases the production of sperm several folds (in healthy males).
However, males aren’t the only ones who receive a positive boost to their hormonal systems. Testing on ovulating adult rats suggested that women who need a healthy fertility boost may find better health by using shilajit powder or resin.
PROVIDES EXTRA ENERGY
The practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine have been advocating the use of shilajit to boost energy levels and energize the body for more than a millennia. As natural holistic practitioners continue to recommend the use of shilajit, scientific evidence on its benefits continues to grow at a steady pace.
Shilajit improves the functionality of the mitochondria, which in turn provides the body with more energy. Essentially, mitochondria are organelles that convert nutrients and oxygen into adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and act as a power source for the cells in the body. Shilajit gives the mitochondria a super boost, helping it to oxygenate cells more efficiently. Shilajit has the additional benefit, when combined with supplemented CoQ10 (an antioxidant naturally found in human cells), to create an even more powerful effect on mitochondrial oxygenation.
In continuation, as Shilajit helps in the amplified production of ATP, the body will feel an overall boost in stamina and energy. It’s for this reason that many athletes turn to shilajit to increase performance.
Shilajit also supports health of people who are chronically fatigued. Shilajit has been proven to address tiredness and fatigue successfully.
Another way in which Shilajit provides extra energy to the body is with its high antioxidant mimicking properties. Even though not an antioxidant by itself, shilajit mimics the anti-oxidants superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase. Shilajit repairs internal damage to the body by fighting free radicals, atoms or groups of atoms with an odd number of electrons. Once these radicals form, they can start a chain reaction within the body. On top of combating free radicals, shilajit can also reduce the levels of fat found in blood.
HEALTHY AND NATURAL RESPONSE TO PAIN
Out of all the methods that are utilized in naturopathy, shilajit has received the most acclaim for helping with a healthy response to pain. Due to its engagement with GABA receptors in the brain, Shilajit has been proven to have a beneficial effect on pain involving the cranial area. These areas include the mouth, face, and jaw. In a sense, Shilajit acts as a sedating agent.
A study in 2015 performed on mice found that shilajit promoted a healthy response to pain over the course of an extended period. On a side note, the length of time was dependent on the size of the dosage.
One interesting test that was performed was shilajit’s interaction with morphine. Morphine is commonly used to treat moderate to severe pain. When shilajit interacts with morphine, it minimizes the body’s natural ability to build a tolerance to the drug. Typically, as the body begins to build tolerance against a drug, morphine in this instance, it takes larger and larger doses to get the desired effect of nullifying the same amount of pain. Shilajit counteracts the body’s ability to build a tolerance to morphine, directly translating to the body’s ability to take less of the drug to continue receiving the same desired pain numbing effects.
RADIATION NEUTRALIZING SHILAJIT EFFECT
Shilajit was shown to demonstrate radiation protective properties. In 2016 it was successfully proven by a group of researchers. The study was published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics in the issue on June 2016, Volume 293, Issue 6, pp 1255-1262.
The fascinating and also sad part is that the study comes out only 30 years past the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and six years past the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The Soviet doctors and naturopathy were using mumie ( the Russian word for shilajit) extensively past Chernobyl to normalize health of people exposed to radiation.
The most extensive study on radiation protective properties of shilajit was undertaken by a Soviet doctor Kaligin V. I. as a part of his PdD thesis effort. He clearly demonstrated in en Vivo models that genuine shilajit has a clearly defined anti – radiation effect and contributes to the body’s ability to produce higher quality blood.
SUPPORTS SKELETAL – MUSCULAR HEALTH
Shilajit greatly improves bone health. The most notable researcher who studied a connection between bone health and shilajit also known as mumie was Dr. Adil Shakirov. In his research, he demonstrated that the substance would generate healthy bone tissue 18-20 days faster and 2.2 times stronger. Another study was performed in which obese patients were instructed to consume shilajit supplements. The test resulted in reports of an overall improvement to the functionality and healthy regeneration of the participant’s skeletal muscles.
A HEALTHY RESPONSE TO VIRUSES AND INFLAMMATION
Shilajit promotes a nonspecific healthy response to inflammation. It greatly supports human body’s natural ability to resist daily inflammation which is part of any healthy person’s routine. En Vivo studies have clearly demonstrated that shilajit increases the number of peritoneal macrophages, and is stimulating to the body’s natural response to inflammation.
SUPPORTS HEART HEALTH
Due to its potent antioxidant properties, shilajit has proven time and again that it can promote heart health by providing protection from damages that could result from daily stress, free radicals and abusive drug use. Shilajit has also proven to be effective in supporting healthy levels of iron in the blood.
In his book “Canons of Medicine,” Ibn Sina writes that “Nothing rejuvenates an aging heart, as shilajit does.” He goes on to describe twenty different ways of how shilajit supports health.
AIDS IN FIGHTING ADDICTIONS
Shilajit has a unique way in which it reacts with chemical substances. Because of this interaction, it is a health tool, to be integral in breaking addictive habits. For example, it has been found that if a person coming down from an opioid high takes Shilajit, their addiction is lessened and the withdrawal symptoms minimized. Shilajit can prove to be an all-natural alternative to certain medications (always seek professional advice on this matter). Unique resins like Pürblack, aid in fighting numerous addictions; not just to opioids, but cannabis and pain pills, as well.
Shilajit has further reduced dependency upon alcohol as well as diminishes the corresponding withdrawal symptoms. There’s a reason that eastern medicine has been prescribing shilajit for centuries to stop addictions.