Many people still believe in ancient Ayurveda mystery that is responsible for shilajit benefits. I’m not familiar with that secret knowledge but would like to write about what is shilajit good for from a scientific point of view.
Please watch 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: Healing of skin, organs and muscles from wounds, burns and bruises
Humins and Humic Acids has antibacterial and antiviral properties6. Those acids even replaced the standard antibiotics in some animal agriculture. In the case of skin, you may apply it directly on the problem spot to speed up the tissue regeneration.
Benefit #2: Strong bones and joints, anti-inflammation and arthritis remedy
Cuprum, Nickel, Calcium, Manganese, Silicon and Strontium are not only responsible for making bones and joints stronger, they also help in building resilience against various forms of arthritis and osteoporosis.7 Magnesium deficiency causes chronic inflammatory build ups. Shilajit can supply your body with extra Magnesium to prevent this from happening.19
Taking Shilajit together with Turmeric and Ginger would increase their effectiveness against serious forms of arthritis. Another known way to reduce inflammation symptoms directly is to mix Shilajit with your common solution or cream. Mix Shilajit in 1:3 proportion and apply it on the problem spot.
Benefit #3: Heart, blood and circulation
Shilajit has plenty of Iron that plays a major role in transporting Oxygen in our body. Cobalt is an essential element for making red blood cells.12 Potassium balance the negative effect of Salt intake, reduce the Cholesterol. Together with Calcium, they regulate the heartbeat. All of that may be key factors to improve and sustain healthy blood pressure.10
Benefit #4: Physical performance and energy, post workout recovery
Just because Shilajit is an almighty energizer, it was officially used by USSR military, Olympic, and space team. It works as a natural recovery after a workout and been used to reduce the physical weakness and to improve the stamina. Because of Iron, copper and Nickel blood can carry more Oxygen in the body to produce energy. It is vital for any individual to consume enough iron for proper physical performance.13
Vitamin B12 is another well-known energy booster that is also the part of shilajit. Fulvic Acid and B12 both has the ability to deliver oxygen directly to the muscle cells. Thus, may reduce the detrimental effects of Lactic Acid and CO2 build up.31
Benefit #5: Brain function, motivation and attention
For attention, perception and neuropsychological activity, Zinc is of great essentiality. This element increases the ability to learn.15
Copper on the other hand, supports neurodevelopment and improves the cognitive function. A tiny amount of copper helps form new neurotransmitters that allow neurons talk to each other. Kids and students need those metals at most to promote their brain development.14 Potassium, in fact, will allow more oxygen to reach the brain and this way stimulate the neural activity.16
Finally, the B vitamins are very popular brain supplement that shilajit contains too. B vitamins is also improving oxygen delivery as well as the memory. It is especially beneficial for the elder people to be preventive from Alzheimer and Dementia.17
Benefit #6: Anti Stress, Depression and Anxiety
For humans who suffers from depression, Zinc level is likely to be low. Shilajit has a lot of natural Zinc which is also required by more than 300 enzymes in our body. We don’t get enough Zinc in a modern diet, and our organism are not able to store much of it either. Hence, we need a little, but regular supply of this metal to stay healthy.18
Another two important elements are Magnesium and Potassium. Together with Zinc, it may be a great solution against stress and anxiety.19 For some of us, it works as a natural and healthy replacement for some prescription drugs or antidepressant.
Benefit #7: Blood sugar and diabetes
Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.29 The major role of Magnesium is to control the blood glucose levels. A recent study found that 25 percent or more of diabetic patients were deficient in Magnesium. The role of Zinc has not been directly identified. But the study from Harvard Health looked at how Zinc levels influence diabetes risk for women. They found that higher Zinc was associated with a slightly reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. The proper balance of Calcium could also reduce the risk of diabetes by 33%.30
Benefit #8: Rejuvenation
The fact that Shilajit is a life giving and rejuvenation supplements for the plants cannot be overemphasized. Anyone can prove it just by applying shilajit mixed water, to treat healthy or weak plants and see the results.
There wasn’t enough research done to see what exactly makes it work for any life form, but this evidence points us to our common ancestor – the living cells. When we are aging, we do accumulate damaged cells which makes our tissues and organs weak. Shilajit, however, helps our cells to be stable, and on a large scale. It may replace the damaged tissues with new tissue. It doesn’t mean live extension, but gives you another chance that at least some damage be repaired.
We also know that shilajit helps produce those hormones that are usually declined with age. As it happens, the body may respond as it did when it was younger, thus, some body functions would be restored and repaired as well.
Benefit #9: Skin care and wrinkles
Manganese slows down the skin aging and wrinkles formation. It also improves the tensile strength and elasticity.20
Copper makes skin healthier by promoting collagen. It is a protein produced by cells to ‘hold’ the skin together, promoting skin regeneration and reducing the wrinkles.26 Deficiency of Copper is also linked with depigmentation of a skin.
Organic Selenium and Zinc has a general role in normal skin development and function. It does protect skin from UV radiation providing a safe and effective means to reduce UVR exposure. People with lack of those elements have been noticed with various forms of skin abnormalities.25
To use Shilajit for a skin, you have to apply it externally like a cream, though there is little evidence to warrant oral or topical supplementation.
Benefit #10: Hair and skin, shower gel supplementation
Many hair experts believe that human hairs were 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. However, shilajit can enrich your shower soap with a variety of needed elements that our modern diet doesn’t supply well enough.
One of that important metal is Copper. It may calm your scalp that helps hair growth. Copper also may increase your hair’s natural pigmentation.21 Manganese, Selenium, and Zinc are playing an important role in healthy skin.
To be an effective solution, you should take it internally as well as mixing Shilajit with your shampoo or shower gel. There is little evidence to warrant only oral supplementation. Emu Oil together with Shilajit may multiply the positive effect for hair health. You can also try all other natural shampoos, and ensure that you do not wash your hair too often. Your hair could grow much longer between washing, without getting too oily.
Benefit #11: Sexual potency, testosterone, androgen and estrogen
Natural Zinc supplementation improves sexual competence. It promotes the testosterone level, penile thrusting, prolongs ejaculatory latency, keeps sperm healthy and regulates sex drive.22
Other sources show that Magnesium is one of the elements needed for sex hormones production, such as androgen and estrogen, as well as for neurotransmitters, which modulate the sex drive.
Magnesium also helps with premature ejaculation and could help prolong the pleasure when you most need it.23 Other studies show that B Vitamins develop the blood flow and “good cholesterol” level that is directly connected with a healthier erection.24
We have had feedbacks from clients in the past, about the effectiveness of Shilajit in improving erection and sexual drive. So, why not give Shilajit a try and testify about its wonders?
Benefit #12: Longevity, powerful antioxidant
Some Shilajit trace minerals serve the very same function as an antioxidant. First of all, it is Copper. Besides its role in collagen production, it also serves as an antioxidant that helps skin fight free radicals. It neutralizes the ions that may damage the skin cells.27
Lack of Magnesium is one of the reason of age-related diseases including arthritis and other forms of chronic inflammations. Constant source of Magnesium means that you would have enough antioxidant capacity for the aging organism to be resistant to free-radical damage.28
Fulvic Acid itself plays its role as a very powerful antioxidant reducing the damage incurred from free radicals that enter your body through the food and environment. And finally, the Carotenoids Retinol and Terpenoids plus Vitamin E can also act as antioxidants. All those makes Shilajit the most powerful organic substance that may prevent or delay cell damage from the oxidation.
The same as engineer separate his model by pieces we separate our shilajit into set of main minerals and acids to explain how it is works. The model may be useless without a single piece as well as the certain piece wouldn’t work by itself.
Shilajit is made so complex by nature so that we will not able to synthesize it in a modern lab. That’s the real magic of nature! When you are taking the man made supplements, the better part of it gets wasted. We can’t just eat pure minerals to be healthy because they have to be delivered into the cells, and this is what shilajit does. Nature crafted it during million of years and made is so right! We can’t add or remove anything to make shilajit benefits better.
5 Myths About Shilajit Benefits
MYTH #1: IT CAN CURE DISEASE OR INFECTION
It is not a drug. If you got sick it won’t heal you right away like an antibiotic. Shilajit is a long-term remedy. It is strengthening the immune system by making your cells healthier. Eventually, you would get better but this is not a short cut cure. For example, when you have caries you won’t fix it by cleaning the teeth, but you would prevent the next one.
The conditions can even get worse in the case of virus infection. We do not recommend taking shilajit when you have the flu or another sort of viruses. The infection is a stress for the immune system. To fight the viruses, it has to produce special antibodies and the whole organism mobilize itself into a state of war. It is not proven but shilajit may alter the immune system response which is better to avoid.
MYTH #2: IT MAY TREAT CANCER
Indeed, this is not a cancer treatment. It won’t make cancer either better or worse. Shilajit has nothing to do with broken cells repair or destruction. As of now, it is only a supplier of nutrients. There are some studies about the immunomodulatory function of shilajit but the results are yet to be published.
MYTH #3: FAT BURNING AND WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENT
If you consider a tea or coffee to be a weight loss treatment, then shilajit may do the same. It doesn’t burn body fat by itself. It may stimulate your mind and body for a certain action but is not directly responsible for a weight loss. There might be a single exception if your weight problems connected with chronic nutritional misbalance.
MYTH #4: WOMAN INFERTILITY
As the recent studies show it does increase the count and activity of a sperm but there is no evidence about woman infertility. In fact, we can’t found any proves or study about female infertility.
MYTH #5: FULVIC ACID > 5 %
“Shilajit with 40% of Fulvic Acid” – We see that all over the place! Naturally, Fulvic Acid volume can’t go over 3-5% the same as an orange can’t have 40% of vitamin C.
The process that makes Fulvic Acid from plants remains called decomposition. It is made by special microorganisms that create organic Fulvic Acid from the Humic Substances. And they are making Fulvic Acid in extremely small amounts!31 Humic but not Fulvic Acid is the major component of Shilajit which makes it black. The microbes always produce 10 to 15 times more Humic Acids than Fulvic Acid. This fact works the same for shilajit and for the peat (turf) that has the very same nature of the Humic Acids formation. 33
There is a certain fashion about Fulvic Acid and some companies use it for a marketing. Most of the people think the more is better and they are buying it. But the true is that more is the same bad as less, everything has to be in balance. Why do your body need so much of Fulvic Acid?! And people just getting less Shilajit mixed with Fulvic Acid and in the most cases, it is an agricultural concentrate.
We suggest to stay away from companies that mixing something and saying that it is organic. If you need a Fulvic Acid you may get a 95% concentrate for the price of $30 per pound or other liquid solutions. It has nothing to do with shilajit and those man-made concentrates may even destroy all shilajit benefits.
- http://www.livestrong.com/ article/454503-will-iron-tablets-give-me-some-energy/