Shilajit is an ancient medicine of the Earth that has more health benefits than we can count using our fingers! While Ayurvedic practitioners know that it improves strength and overall health, science is beginning to show us that Shilajit indeed does this and so much more.
Please watch this short YouTube video about what shilajit does and its ingredients.
List of organic and inorganic elements in Shilajit
Fulvic, Folic and Humic acids; Iron; Zinc; Magnesium; Copper; Nickel; Potassium; Manganese; Silicon; Silver; Sodium; Sulfur; Iodine; Strontium; Rubidium; Cesium; Barium; Phosphorus; Chromium; Antimony; Vanadium; Molybdenum; Carotenoids retinol, Terpenoids; B, C, E vitamins; Melanoidin; Benzoic acid; Polyphenol complexes; Dibenzo-alpha pyrones; Phospholipids Triterpenes and Phenolic acids; Albuminoids; Bioflavonoids; Hippuric and Oxalic acid; Tannic acid; Glycosides
BENEFIT #1: SHILAJIT MAY SPEED UP WOUND RECOVERY
Retinol2, Vitamin B3 and Copper4 are necessary for each step in the body’s natural wound healing process. When they are combined with Fulvic Acid and Silicon, inflammation is reduced and the formation of new tissue is enhanced.
Vitamin E and C work closely together to repair and protect damaged skin tissues too, as well as retain moisture. The body does not produce its own Vitamin C, so we need to get it from dietary sources – like Shilajit!
Humins and Humic Acids have antibacterial and antiviral properties6. These acids even replace the standard antibiotics in some animal agriculture. With respect to damaged skin, you may apply Shilajit directly to the problem to speed up tissue regeneration14.
BENEFIT #2: ENCOURAGES HEALTHY BONES AND JOINTS
For centuries, Shilajit has been used for supporting muscle, joint and bone health 33. Cuprum, Nickel, Calcium, Manganese, Silicon and Strontium are not only responsible for making bones and joints stronger, they also may help in building resilience against various forms of arthritis and osteoporosis7. Magnesium deficiency is likely to cause chronic inflammation and also happens to be one of the most common mineral deficiencies 8.
Shilajit is able to supply your body with extra Magnesium, which may prevent this if you have a magnesium deficiency9.
Potassium is also found in Shilajit and aids in retaining a healthy bone mineral density by helping calcium to remain inside your bones.
Taking Shilajit together with turmeric and ginger increases their absorption and effectiveness, which may prove to be especially promising for those with arthritis15 16. Inconclusive research conducted on rats suggests that Shilajit alone may help to alleviate symptoms of arthritis 32. Other research conducted on the anti-inflammatory effects of Shilajit observed a 76% decrease in swelling of participants.
A method that may help reduce joint inflammation is to mix Shilajit with your skin ointment or cream. Mix Shilajit in a ratio of 1:3 and apply it to the problem area.
BENEFIT #3: MAY AID THE HEART, BLOOD AND CIRCULATION
Shilajit has plenty of iron, which in combination with copper, plays a major role in transporting oxygen in our body. Cobalt is an essential element for making red blood cells after converting to Vitamin B12.12 Potassium balances the negative effects of excessive salt intake, and while there is no direct link, many diets that lower “bad” LDL cholesterol are high in potassiumand other trace minerals. Together with calcium, they regulate the heartbeat. These may be key factors to sustaining healthy blood pressure.10
There is also plenty of research that links Vitamin E to reducing the risk of heart disease, as well as protecting against atherosclerosis*.34
BENEFIT #4: SUPPORTS PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE, ENERGY AND POST WORKOUT RECOVERY
Because Shilajit is a fantastic energizer, it was officially used by the USSR military, Olympic, and space teams. It works as a natural recovery solution after a workout and has been used throughout history to reduce physical weakness and improve stamina. Iron, copper and nickel help to carry more oxygen in the blood, which enhances energy production. It is vital for individuals to take in enough iron for proper physical performance.13
Vitamin B12 is another well-known energy booster that is also part of Shilajit. Fulvic Acid and B12 both have the ability to deliver oxygen directly into muscle cells. This may help to reduce the detrimental effects of lactic acid and CO2 build up.31
Aside from the above minerals that have a reputation for optimizing energy levels, deficiencies in Magnesium and other trace minerals in Shilajit have been linked to weakness and fatigue.
Many of these minerals are also required by our mitochondria – the “powerhouse” of all cells – to make energy. One of the main minerals needed for this is Phosphorus, the main ingredient in Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), the energy molecule. When ATP is broken down in the body, it is observed that energy is released.
BENEFIT #5: STRONGER IMMUNE FUNCTION AND METAL CHELATION
The minerals housed within Shilajit will not only bolster your immune system, but they will aid in removing heavy metals and other toxins from your body.
Manganese, Molybdenum, Iron, Zinc and Copper are all vital for the creation of enzymes, such as Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Glutathione and Catalase.36 All three of these enzymes function as the body’s primary antioxidant defenses against oxidative stress and constitute a huge part of our immune system. A deficiency in them is closely associated with aging. These enzymes are also essential for ameliorating toxicity and removing all toxins from your system.
Silver is a potent antimicrobial metal which swiftly acts to destroy many pathogens. This is the reason why those of Royal blood would often eat off silver plates and use silver cutlery. Shilajit yields perfectly-sized ionic particles of silver in trace amounts, which are more potent and do not cause health problems – a possible concern when ingesting sizeable amounts of micro-sized particles.38
BENEFIT #6: HELPS MANAGE STRESS AND POSSIBLY DEPRESSION
Shilajit boasts a lot of natural zinc, which is also required by more than 300 enzymes in our body and plays an active role in reducing oxidative stress. We don’t get enough zinc in a modern diet, and our bodies are not able to store much of it either. Hence, we need a small, but regular supply of this metal to stay healthy.18
Two additional important elements are magnesium and potassium. Both of these minerals have been linked to lower blood pressure, muscle tension and heart rate*. Together with zinc, this may be a great solution to relieve stress and anxiety.19
BENEFIT #7: MAY LOWER BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS AND RISK OF DIABETES
Calcium, magnesium, and zinc may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.29 One major role of magnesium is to control blood glucose levels. A recent study found that 25% or more of diabetic patients were deficient in magnesium. The role of zinc in diabetes has not been directly identified, however, a study from Harvard Health looked at how zinc levels influenced the risk for women. They found that a higher zinc level was associated with a slightly reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. The right amount of calcium may also reduce the risk of diabetes by 33%.
Chromium is another very important trace element present inside Shilajit which has a potent effect on those with diabetes*. When Chromium is present inside the body, it was observed that less insulin is required for glucose metabolism!39
Although little is known about it, research suggests that Vanadium may play a role in regulating sugar metabolism and cholesterol – more reasons to want Shilajit every single day!
BENEFIT #8: ENCOURAGES REJUVENATION
The fact that Shilajit is a life-giving and rejuvenating supplement for plants cannot be overemphasized. In studies, humic substances (such as found in Shilajit) have enhanced root and shoot growth every time.40 Anyone can prove it to themselves just by applying a very small dose of Shilajit diluted with plenty of water, to their healthy or weak plants. You’ll be amazed at the results!
There is not enough available research to show exactly what it is that makes shilajit work for all life forms. We do know, however, that as we age we accumulate damaged cells and deplete our overall bodily trace mineral stores, which make our tissues and organs weak. Shilajit helps our cells to be more stable and healthy. It may even replace the damaged tissue with new tissue indirectly by replenishing our trace mineral balance. It might not be the Fountain of Youth but it’s comforting to know that some of the damage can possibly be undone.
Shilajit may also boost the production of the hormones that typically decline with age. The body may begin to respond as it once did when it was younger, and some bodily functions may be restored or repaired.
Shilajit may also boost the production of the hormones that typically decline with age. The body may begin to respond as it once did when it was younger, and some bodily functions may be restored, especially if you are deficient in any important trace minerals.
The success of Shilajit is determined by trace mineral absorption, your immune system, gut health, genetic complications, as well as numerous environmental factors, which is typically why results vary. However, we are sure that everyone will find it beneficial, if not life-changing!
BENEFIT #9: PROMOTES HEALTHY SKIN AND POSSIBLY LESS WRINKLES
Manganese is required for healthy skin and may slow down skin degeneration and the development of wrinkles. It also improves the skin tensile strength and elasticity.20
Copper may in some cases make skin healthier by promoting collagen production35. Collagen is a protein produced by the cells to ‘hold’ the skin together, promoting skin regeneration and reducing wrinkles.26 Deficiency of copper is linked to less collagen production which is known to go hand-in-hand with wrinkles, but it’s not the only factor that affects collagen production.
Silicon is another important component of collagen formation as well as one of the most abundant trace minerals in Shilajit.5 Without collagen, your skin would perpetually sag!
Organic selenium and zinc have a general role in normal skin development and function. They protect skin from UV radiation, providing a safe and effective means to reduce UVR exposure. People with a lack of these elements may develop skin abnormalities.
To use Shilajit nutritionally for supporting skin health, you can apply it externally like a cream or ingest it internally to promote collagen production. Though there is little scientific evidence to warrant oral or topical supplementation for the skin, there are many anecdotal reports claiming major success!
BENEFIT #10: PROMISING HAIR, SKIN AND SHOWER GEL SUPPLEMENTATION
Many hair experts believe that human hair was healthier 100 years ago. The food was full of nutrients and there were no shampoos with harsh detergents that strip the natural oils from the scalp. Chemically treated water also possesses many harsh chemicals that may contribute to hair loss. Shilajit can enrich your shower soap with a variety of needed elements that our modern diet simply doesn’t supply in large enough quantities.
One of the most important trace metals is copper. It may calm your scalp and help hair growth. Copper may also increase your hair’s natural pigmentation.21 Manganese, selenium, and zinc play an important role in healthy skin too, which includes the scalp.
To be most effective, you should take Shilajit internally as well as mixing it with your shampoo or shower gel. Argan or Emu Oil together with Shilajit may multiply the possible positive effects for hair health. You can also try using organic shampoos, and take extra care not to wash your hair too often. Your hair can go much longer between washings, without becoming too oily.
Showering less frequently, filtering the water supply leading into your house and using a cooler temperature are also better for skin and hair health. If you are going to filter your water, make sure to use a system that replenishes trace minerals – or better yet, use Shilajit instead!
BENEFIT #11: MAY IMPROVE SEXUAL POTENCY, TESTOSTERONE, ANDROGEN AND ESTROGEN
Natural zinc and selenium supplementation may improve sexual performance and fertility. Men with zinc deficiencies have been linked with having testicular disruption, a lack of sperm production and poor sperm performance.
In male rats, zinc proper testosterone levels, prolonged ejaculatory latency, kept sperm healthy and regulated their sex drive.
Selenium is an important nutrient for making bodily fluids and enzymes, such as sperm. One case study involving 125 infertile men reported that they tended to either have too little or too much Selenium in their sperm.22
Other sources show that magnesium is one of the elements needed for the production of sex hormones, such as androgen and estrogen, as well as for neurotransmitters, which modulate our sex drive.
According to anecdotal evidence, Magnesium may help with premature ejaculation and could prolong the pleasure when you need it most.23
Further trace minerals that may bring happiness to your love life include Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Manganese, Copper, Cobalt, trace amounts of Sodium, Sulfur, and Phosphorus. In the right amounts, our bodies use these minerals to maintain blood pressure, vascular health and enhance the function of nerve endings. Correcting a deficiency in these nutrients may indirectly help to improve symptoms of erectile dysfunction, enhance genital secretions and boost libido in both males and females.
We have had feedback from clients in the past about the effectiveness of Shilajit in improving erections and sexual drive. So, why not give Shilajit a try yourself and testify about its wonders?
BENEFIT #12: LONGEVITY, POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT
Some Shilajit trace minerals act as master antioxidants in the body, meaning that they may positively affect our immune system and protect against oxidative stress. Firstly, copper. Besides its role in collagen production, it also serves as an antioxidant that helps skin fight free radicals. It helps to neutralize the ions that may damage skin cells.27
A lack of magnesium is one of many situations that may contribute to age-related diseases (including arthritis and other forms of chronic inflammation). Theoretically, a constant source of Magnesium would equate enough of an antioxidant capacity to withstand free-radical damage, even in an aged individual.28
Fulvic Acid itself plays a role as one of the most powerful antioxidants, reducing the damage incurred by free radicals that are produced by your body in response to oxidative stress, certain foods and environmental factors.
Finally, the carotenoids, retinol and terpenoids, plus Vitamin E, are all potent antioxidants. These make Shilajit a most powerful organic substance that may prevent or delay cell damage from oxidation.
Just as an engineer may separate a model into its various components, we separate our shilajit into a set of main minerals and acids in order to explain how it works. A model would not work if a single piece is missing and a piece is useless without a model as well.
The complexities of shilajit are made by nature. It cannot be synthesized in a modern lab. That is the real magic of nature! When you take man-made supplements, the better part of it is wasted. We cannot just eat pure minerals to be healthy because they have to be delivered into the cells. This is what shilajit does. Nature crafted and perfected it over millions of years. We can’t add or remove anything to make the shilajit benefits any better!
5 Myths About Shilajit Benefits
MYTH #1: SHILAJIT IS THE ONLY MEDICINE YOU WILL EVER NEED
Wrong! Shilajit does not treat illnesses in the same way that an antibiotic would kill off pathogens.
Instead it boosts your immune system by supplying it with antioxidant support as well as more energy in the form of trace minerals. This will help to support your immune system during flu season and may help to lessen the symptoms of sickness, but it should not replace other medications or treatments.
MYTH #2: BLACK SHILAJIT YIELDS LESSER BENEFITS THAN BROWN SHILAJIT
Some claims are going around that if shilajit and other fulvic mineral supplements are black, that they are of inferior quality or have been ‘burnt’ during extraction.
This could not be further from the truth. The color of Shilajit is determined by the soils and sediments it was made in and this is the same with other fulvic supplements.
It is true that humic substances turn a darker color when they are burned, but this is a poor way to assess the quality of Shilajit when some of the richest decomposing plant matter and soils are black too. Furthermore, Shilajit is harvested as a dark resin before being purified – it is naturally black in color!
MYTH #3: SHILAJIT CURES FEMALE INFERTILITY
Many studies indicate that Shilajit may improve sperm count and fertility in males. In the case of females however, it is not guaranteed that it will cure infertility and most of the research thus far has only been carried out on animals.
In one study, 7 out of 9 rats that were fed Shilajit began ovulating after a five-day period, as opposed to 3 out of the 9 rats that were not given any25. This suggests it might help women with erratic periods, but the evidence is inconclusive.
In a study concerning rabbits, it was proven that Shilajit improves progesterone levels, but did not have a significant effect on other fertility parameters. This is likely to be the reason for how it induced a higher rate of menstruation in the above study.
When put in combination with Vitamin E and Selenium however, the same rabbits had multiple more viable egg cells (with more corpus luteum) and increased sites of implantation in the uterus. During pregnancy, this combination with Shilajit also increased the size of the developing babies, the amount of placenta fluid, as well as reduced the amount of babies that died at birth.
It would seem that Shilajit may help improve female fertility in terms of hormonal balance for regulating ovulation or as a means to enhance the effects of other fertility-boosting supplements. More research needs to be carried out to assess if it can actually treat female infertility.
MYTH #4: THE MORE FULVIC ACID THE BETTER
Bigger is not always better – in this case, less is more!
Many of the benefits of Shilajit are attributed to Fulvic Acid and because of this, companies selling Shilajit have begun adding more Fulvic Acid to their products. Now we are seeing Shilajit with “30+% fulvic acid.” These claims are misleading.
Firstly, it is known amongst the scientific community that the nature of fulvic acid is so complicated, that it is difficult to discern how much fulvic acid is in anything! If you sent the samples of the same Shilajit to multiple different labs, you would get different results every time.
Secondly, testing the percentage of fulvic acid as well as to making a concentrate involves the use of harmful chemicals to break down all the other components. This leaves you with fulvic acid in the remaining solution. Adding this to Shilajit may jeopardize the quality!
Lastly, the quantities of fulvic acid found in Shilajit are natural amounts – the result of millions of years of decomposing plant matter. After profuse testing, it is estimated that Shilajit contains 5-8% of Fulvic Acid on average. Taking it in larger amounts is unbalanced and may cause health problems.
MYTH #5: SHILAJIT BURNS FAT
While there have been some new studies which reveal that Shilajit is able to reduce body weight in rats37, there is not evidence to prove that it literally burns fat.
The underlying mechanism appears to be that Shilajit helps to alter the gene expression of cells before they turn into fat cells, preventing that from happening more often. This may aid somebody who wants to lose weight by preventing weight gain, however it is not a substitute for exercise in terms of burning fat.
These findings fall in line with other experiments which show that Shilajit might be helpful for turning fat into muscle in obese individuals who begin to exercise17.
However, once again, you can’t use Shilajit in place of healthy food and exercise, which would promote natural weight loss. Instead you can use it to enrich your diet with trace minerals that you are deficient in, which may help improve your waistline, depending on what caused weight gain in the first place.