Shilajit is a truly amazing substance that could have only arisen from the sophisticated craftsmanship of nature. The combination of organic trace minerals, humic and fulvic acids, amino acids, carbon-60, plant-based antioxidants and many more beneficial organic acids sets it apart from any other trace minerals supplement.
Only inside of shilajit you will find such a perfect integration of pristine essential nutrients in balanced ratios which your body can easily absorb, making it one of the best natural supplements of all time!
Please watch this short YouTube video about what Shilajit does and its ingredients.
Shilajit provides a number of minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and other organic compounds (humic acid, fulvic acid, and carbon-60, among others) that play relevant roles in the enhancement of the body's metabolism. Metabolism is a complex web of biochemical processes in the body where the nutrients derived from ingested food are converted into forms that can be utilized by the body and eventually trigger most of the body’s functions including those of the immune and nervous systems.
Synergy Metabolic Effect
Fulvic acid, Trace Minerals & Bio-Active elements aid Metabolism for the better body performance
While the immune system is responsible for cleansing, recovery, protection and rejuvenation, the nervous system has some effect on energy levels (mood), brain function, reactions, and libido to some degree. In essence, the elements shilajit contains are used in metabolic processes that are responsible for the balanced function of all body systems.
Because shilajit has been found to contain around 85 minerals in their ionic form along with other nutrients and organic compounds, it’s no wonder Shilajit is thought of as a panacea in Ayurvedic medicine. No other single supplement provides so many nutrients essential for a healthy metabolism, energy production and overall health and vitality. Shilajit is considered a tonic or adaptogen; a tonic is a substance that helps to balance body systems, boosting those that are low-functioning and calming those that are overstressed.
Not only does shilajit contain its own wealth of vital nutrients, some of the nutrients it contains, such as fulvic acid, fatty acids, cysteine, methionine, proline and lysine,1,2 also improve the absorption and usage (bioavailability) of other consumed nutrients. So taking shilajit actually improves the way your body digests and uses the rest of your diet! This is helpful, given the modern issues surrounding soil depletion and reduced nutrition of the foods we consume compared to even 50 years ago. Shilajit therefore helps your body function better rather than offering unique benefits of itself. It is, however, one of the richest supplemental sources of fulvic acid as well as humic acid, which are becoming more popular in their own right.
Most women worry about the health and appearance of their skin and look for remedies that promote quick regeneration of wounds, help with acne, tighten the skin and reduce wrinkles. The nutrients found in shilajit do all these things in some way.
Shilajit assists with the absorption of dietary vitamins that support both skin and immune function, largely due to its high fulvic acid content. In terms of boosting skin vitality, here are some additional nutrients in shilajit that contribute to a radiant complexion:
Shilajit contains all these nutrients and more! On top of oral supplementation, many recipes can be found on the web for topical applications of shilajit to the face to provide anti-aging benefits and reduce wrinkles, and studies have shown such benefits.
Multiple clinical trials confirm the effectiveness of shilajit in wound healing such as cuts, scars, burns, and other various types of skin damage.
Shilajit provides trace minerals the skin needs for repair such as zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, selenium and silicon. See the previous section for the benefits of the other minerals. Here, we will focus on zinc. Compromised wound healing and rough skin are actually characteristic of a zinc deficiency, and treating a zinc deficiency is known to accelerate wound healing. Apparently about one third of the world is deficient in zinc, and diets high in phytates (like whole grains; sorry health nuts, but it’s true!) can reduce zinc absorption.2 Zinc helps repair wounds by enhancing platelet activity and aggregation to help clot the wound and grow new skin. Zinc may also reduce the risk of infection in the wound.4
Shilajit was shown to accelerate the growth of new skin and speed up the recovery of wounds by a minimum of 1.5 times.6
Shilajit also contains more than 10 amino acids which are necessary for a healthy immune system (of which the skin is a large part) and the rebuilding of cells.
Methionine revitalizes the skin and enhances the absorption of dietary zinc, proline and cysteine facilitate collagen synthesis, and cysteine also enhances the effects of zinc and other amino acids.
Oral zinc supplementation is also part of the standard regimen for burn care because of its necessity in the wound recovery process. Since zinc is found in shilajit and shilajit enhances zinc absorption, shilajit is a promising addition to burn care.
Bruises are also wounds that could benefit from the powers of shilajit since the skin and tissues become damaged and need repair. Zinc has not been well-studied for healing bruises, but its necessity in the process of wound healing as well bruise recovery is suggested.
Clinical studies have found both oral and topical zinc to help with acne to some degree. Zinc, found in shilajit, reduces inflammation and regulates cell production, which could help control acne. Zinc may also reduce sebum production.8 Magnesium has anti-inflammatory effects and helps maintain cellular function by balancing hydration and electrolyte levels. At least two thirds of the world could be deficient in magnesium. Shilajit is also known to improve detox mechanisms when used internally,9 and toxins are thought to be partly responsible for acne.
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How to Prepare:
Melt shilajit with one teaspoon of cold water till it forms into a solution. Mix jojoba oil, rich cream, and shilajit solution together.
Apply the mixture on the skin evenly, leave for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
It is becoming quite well-known that detoxing can help boost your energy levels, improve skin health and even help reduce your weight. Giving your body the right nutrients improves your body’s natural detoxification functions. Shilajit provides minerals that support your body’s cleansing and detoxification functions.
Manganese, molybdenum, iron, zinc and copper are all vital for the creation of enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione and catalase. All three of these enzymes function as the body’s primary antioxidant defense against oxidative stress and constitute a huge part of our immune system. These three enzymes are involved in the way the body removes all toxins from your system.
Zinc in particular is known to up-regulate the production of metallothionein in the body,10 a protein that the body naturally produces to remove heavy metals. Humic acid is a powerful chelator in heavy metals in the soil and environment, and also strongly interacts with pesticides, radioactive substances and other contaminants.11 There is also plenty of evidence to show that fulvic acid is a master biological cleansing agent, capable of binding to and removing toxins in the soil. How much this translates to detoxification in humans is unclear.
Knowing how to support the body’s natural detoxification processes can save women from the unpleasant experiences of fasting and harsh detox regimens and cleanses.
How to Prepare:
Blend mint, grapefruit, lemon, and cucumber together then add some water. Leave it to brew for 5 to 7 hours. Next pour the mixture into a glass, add shilajit and mix it properly. The juice is ready to drink.
Drink it on an empty stomach 2-3 hours before food in the morning daily during your cleansing.
Studies show that stress levels among our ‘do it all’ generation of females are 50% higher than in men.12 Often, women stay up late at night to take care of work and household duties and also get up early to take care of their family’s needs. With so much on their plate, it’s no wonder women feel more tired, forgetful, overwhelmed and depleted these days! Luckily, shilajit can help! The nutrients found in shilajit have calming properties, helping to reduce stress and fatigue. This would suggest that the best time to take shilajit is in the evening.
Shilajit contains the trace minerals phosphorus and magnesium, both of which are utilized by the mitochondria in all cells to produce ATP, the body's source of energy. It is commonly known that for the majority of essential trace minerals, deficiencies result in fatigue and weakness. It is also well documented in both human and animal trials that shilajit helps boost energy levels13, with this effect attributed to its fulvic acid and DBP (dibenzo-alpha-pyrone) content.
It remains unclear whether shilajit has a direct or indirect effect on reducing anxiety or calming the body's stress response. However, tyrosine is a part of its amino acid makeup and is the precursor to dopamine, which is a precursor to norepinephrine14(the hormone responsible for lowering levels of adrenaline, one of the body’s major stress hormones). Also, if the cause of anxiety is related to being fatigued, experimental animal studies suggest that it may reduce anxiety by having a positive effect on the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.15,16 Shilajit also appears to have an overall calming effect, as the high magnesium and potassium content will act to relax the muscles, including the heart and smooth muscle tissue of the gut - assuming you don't get hyperactive and partake in intensive exercise!
How to Prepare:
Put mint and chamomile flowers into a cup and add boiling water over it. Leave it to brew for about 15 to 20 minutes. After brewing, let the tea cool down and add shilajit then mix it thoroughly.
Drink twice daily 2 hours apart from food for 2 weeks, and see if it makes any difference. Avoid taking it in the 6 hours before bedtime for the best results.
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Menopause begins on average around 50 years of age but can occur as early as 40. Within five years after the onset of menopause, a woman loses up to 20% of her bone density because of the associated hormonal changes, putting her at risk for osteoporosis.17,18 We will discuss exactly what related changes occur in a woman’s body after 40 years of age and offer tips on how you can maintain your bone health and activity for as long as possible.
Bone is always undergoing a balanced process of building new bone and resorbing or dissolving old, damaged bone. When estrogen levels drop after menopause, the balance of osteoblast and osteoclast production and activity becomes lopsided. Osteoblasts are cells responsible for the process of laying down new bone, and osteoclasts are cells that resorb or dissolve bone. Osteoblasts also secrete osteoprotegerin (OPG), a substance that blocks bone resorption factors. When estrogen levels drop, so does osteoblast activity and OPG production, making more room for osteoclast production and activity.
In the first 3-4 years after menopause, calcium loss from the body can be about 200 mg/day. After 60 years of age, calcium absorption from our diet is reduced. In older years (ie. 80s), vitamin D production by the kidneys slows down.
You ought to be aware by now that shilajit is rich in trace minerals, nutrients and fulvic acid, which help us to more easily absorb nutrients.19,20 Out of these shilajit constituents, the amino acids, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, boron, iron, zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, silicon and strontium are of particular interest to bone health as all of them are involved in the strengthening of bones and joints.21
Of course, the body also needs a steady supply of vitamin D3, vitamin K, and other nutrients,22 plus keeping a healthy lifestyle and doing weight bearing exercise, to achieve optimal results!
How to Prepare:
Blend pieces of dried apricots with almond milk thoroughly then add shilajit. Pour into a glass, your healthy smoothie is ready!
Take it twice daily for one month.
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Anti-aging products are highly sought after by middle aged and elderly women because the effects of aging begin to show in the skin and in the face. It is more important to women than to men to look beautiful and younger. The fulvic acids, humic acids and magnesium found in shilajit act as anti-aging agents for women!
While scientists are still in debate over what causes aging, part of the cellular damage in the aging process is thought to be attributed to increased free radical damage, mitochondrial dysfunction and a lack of bodily antioxidants and protective enzymes, like glutathione, SOD and catalase. Due to several compounding factors like difficulty with chewing food or impaired nutrient uptake, elderly individuals are at a higher risk of developing nutritional deficiencies (especially magnesium); which would naturally disable cells from being able to make these antioxidants, efficiently produce energy or repair themselves.
Shilajit helps our cells remain stable and balanced by optimizing nutrient absorption (thanks primarily to fulvic acid) and by being a reservoir of many nutrients (trace minerals, DBPs and amino acids) that cells need to regenerate and function at their peak. In spite of this, don't get too excited - shilajit will not make you immortal, but it may contribute to more graceful aging and encourage cellular health and longevity in elderly people who fall into the above categories.
Fulvic acids enhance the absorption of nutrients, which is an issue for women as they get older. This rejuvenates women as impaired nutrient absorption can cause a metabolic shortfall and consequently make the effects of aging more severe. Fulvic acids also act as antioxidants.
Magnesium is involved in the production of enzymes that act as antioxidants. This revitalizes women as constant oxidative stress on the cells is a significant cause of many of the effects associated with aging.
Humic acids have antioxidant functions and also chelate heavy metals, thereby slowing down the wear-and-tear effects accumulated stressors have on the cells during aging. The success of shilajit is determined by a person's unique biochemistry and genetics, which is typically why results vary. However, we are sure that an overwhelming majority of people will find it beneficial, if not life-changing!
How to Prepare:
Dice up the kiwi, banana, and spinach, mix until smooth and add coconut or almond milk. Then put a pinch of cinnamon and shilajit into the beverage and mix it all.
Take it once daily, early in the morning apart from food. Be sure to do this one month ON, three months OFF cycle for the best outcome. We recommend 10-15 minutes of yoga and stretching before drinking your smoothie for even better results!
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Because of the demands on many women between their professional life and family life, sometimes memory and focus are lacking, or they may need to perform well under stress. In addition, many women experience mood swings due to PMS symptoms and related to menopause. Because of its components, shilajit can help enhance mood, mental performance and energy levels.
Mood swings in women due to PMS or menopause are often due to a phenomenon called “pregnenolone steal”.23 Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone that helps build sex hormones and the stress hormone cortisol. When under prolonged stress, the body will use up its pregnenolone to produce cortisol, creating an imbalance in the sex hormones and therefore in all their effects such as mood and the menstrual cycle. Shilajit contains pregnane, a precursor to pregnenolone, which could help regulate mood.
In animal trials, shilajit exhibited potent nootropic effects, stimulating the release of dopamine due to the fact that it contains tyrosine (the precursor to dopamine).24 Dopamine is also a precursor to serotonin, the hormone responsible for feelings of happiness. It is seen in human studies that supplementing with tyrosine helps to stimulate the balanced release of dopamine in the brain. In balanced amounts, dopamine enhances mood, motivation and cognition, improving mental activity and mental focus. Tyrosine has been shown to enhance memory and mental performance in stressful situations.
Also, shilajit is a fantastic natural energizer. Mitochondria serve as the powerhouses of cells in the body. They convert nutrients and oxygen into vital ATP, which is the source of energy for the metabolic activities our bodies undergo. Shilajit improves oxygenation and nutrient absorption and enhances the function of mitochondria.
How to Prepare:
Pour 2 cups of water into a cup then add blended honey with grated ginger and shilajit. Mix it up thoroughly.
Take it once daily early in the morning. Be sure to do this one month ON, three months OFF cycle for the best outcome.
Many men participate in labour-type jobs and muscle-building exercises. If there’s any way to boost energy levels and recovery naturally, men are generally interested in it. Given its range of benefits and nutrient profile, it’s no surprise that shilajit has been used for these exact purposes.
Shilajit was officially used by the USSR military, Olympic athletes and space teams. It works as a natural post-workout recovery solution and has been used to reduce physical weakness and improve stamina. As discussed above, shilajit facilitates healthy blood circulation by providing many building blocks for healthy blood cell formation, which in turn aids better oxygen transport as well as the removal of CO2 and lactic acid from the muscles.
In an experimental trial, it was shown that oral supplementation with shilajit in combination with exercise activated specific gene switches that enabled fat to more easily be transformed into lean muscle tissue. The results suggest that this transformation happened faster than in subjects who exercised without taking shilajit.25 Another experimental study showed that shilajit helped to maintain maximum muscle strength and lower fatigue in 21 men after intensive exercise.26
Shilajit also contains arginine and many other amino acids which help in building muscle mass. Arginine also directly increases the synthesis of nitric oxide (NO) in muscle tissue, which expands blood vessels and has been associated with promoting increased energy production, better muscle function,27 improved muscle glucose uptake, enhanced fat breakdown28 and improved muscle strength when taken in combination with muscle-building exercise. Nitric oxide essentially speeds muscle contractions,29 meaning that one will theoretically get more out of exercise if nitric oxide production is increased in the body!
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 storage compound. When ATP is broken down in the body, energy is released. It is also worth mentioning that ATP cannot be utilized by our cells without being bound to magnesium.
Lastly, shilajit is loaded with electrolytes, which are known to help with post-workout recovery when one breaks a real sweat. Considering its potential regenerative and energy-boosting properties, it makes sense that it may aid post-workout recovery.
How to Prepare:
Blend lemon juice or chopped lemon with honey and shilajit in a tall glass till all dissolved. Next pour coconut water and swirl it. Throw in ice cubes, and your energy drink is ready.
Take the drink after a workout for ten days straight and see if you feel the difference.
Male infertility and reduced male libido are much more common problems today than in the past. There are more supplements known to enhance female fertility than male fertility, so if there’s another nutritional supplement that could help men in this area, it is worth discovering and perhaps giving a try!
Zinc and selenium are fairly well-established male supplements and sperm function boosters. Pregnane is not so well-known for male health. Pregnane is a steroid hormone that enhances testosterone production. All three of these compounds are found in shilajit.
Selenium is a trace mineral that functions as an antioxidant. Selenium supplements have been shown to increase sperm motility,30 and a combination of selenium and vitamin E has been shown to decrease damage from free radicals and improve sperm motility in infertile men.31
Zinc is a trace mineral that is essential in sperm formation, testosterone metabolism, and cell motility. A deficiency in zinc impairs reproductive functions, and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), about one third of the world’s population is deficient in zinc.32 No wonder infertility is increasing! Zinc supplementation has been shown to increase testosterone levels, sperm count, and sperm motility.33
Pregnane is a steroid hormone that is required for the production of pregnenolone, and pregnenolone can be converted into testosterone. Pregnenolone production decreases with age by up to 60% between the ages of 35 and 75. Stress also robs the sex hormones in a phenomenon known as “pregnenolone steal”. Because pregnenolone is used to produce both testosterone and cortisol, high or prolonged stress (whether physical, mental or emotional) will reduce the amount of pregnenolone available to make testosterone. Taking pregnane could therefore increase pregnenolone production and therefore testosterone production, especially under conditions of high or prolonged stress.
In one clinical trial performed on 60 men, 100 mg of shilajit twice daily offered positive results, facilitating enhanced sperm count and motility, as well as boosting testosterone, the male sex hormone that is responsible for libido and masculine traits in males. Scientists noted that shilajit constituents were found directly inside the semen samples being observed.34 Another study administered 250 mg twice daily over 90 days to men aged 45 to 55 years and found significant increases in testosterone.35
How to Prepare:
Dice up dried apricots and walnuts into small pieces. Then add shilajit, sesame, and honey into the bowl. Mix it properly. It is ready!
Take the mix once a day. Use until you feel the difference, up to 2-4 weeks.
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We know that with age, the production or absorption of many substances decreases, and this is no different when it comes to sexuality. Shilajit has on occasion been nicknamed “Indian Viagra”, revealing its well-known traditional usage with just a quick web search. The compounds in shilajit work to increase nutrient absorption, deliver nutrients the body is lacking in, and helps the body function optimally and more youthfully.
Shilajit can help maintain healthy energy levels, muscle and heart function, blood flow and circulation, nerve cell function, hormonal release, as well as enhance vasodilation during physical (or sexual) activity due to increased nitric oxide production. All these factors support sustaining a healthy erection and promote lasting sexual stamina.
Shilajit also contains favorable amounts of zinc, selenium, and magnesium, which are vital trace minerals required for sexual performance. Furthermore, shilajit contains pregnane, a precursor to both pregnenolone and testosterone that may stimulate the sex hormones which regulate libido. See the previous section for more information on pregnenolone and male health, and how stress can “steal pregnenolone” away from the sex hormones to make stress hormones. Taking additional pregnane could therefore boost the body’s conversion of pregnenolone into sex hormones, enhancing libido and performance.
Arginine is an amino acid that is a well-known sports nutrition supplement because of its ability to produce nitric oxide (NO), a potent vasodilator, meaning it dilates the blood vessels and improves blood flow. NO production is also important in the male erection, and NO-boosting substances are often used to enhance male sex performance, especially with age. The primary mechanism of action of Viagra, for example, is to boost NO. Shilajit contains arginine and could therefore contribute to improved male sexual performance.
Shilajit also provides fatty acids. Fatty acids help the body absorb fat-soluble nutrients, thereby contributing to increased energy production. They are essential for the function of the nervous system since they are used to form the myelin sheath of neurons as well as being involved in cell signaling. The nervous system, in turn, plays a crucial role in determining stamina, libido and the strength of the male erection.
We have had feedback from clients in the past about just how well shilajit worked for them in improving erection and sexual drive. So, why not give shilajit a try and experience its wonders for yourself?
How to Prepare:
Dice the date fruits into tiny bits. Then, mix it with ginseng, pine nuts, shilajit, and honey.
Take the mix twice a day. Use until you feel the difference, up to 2-4 weeks.
In general, men pay less attention to their health and diet. Men are also less likely to go to the doctor and therefore suffer more from digestive issues such as indigestion, constipation, bowel problems.
There are many clinical data from experiments conducted in Russia that show that shilajit is great for improving digestive health in the following ways:
It may stimulate stomach acids,36 bile and the secretion of intestinal mucous,37 all of which aid in the digestion of food and with peristalsis. Shilajit may help to balance stomach acidity associated with gastric issues and stomach upsets. It may help the body to deal with gut discomfort38 and sensitivity39 due to its potential relieving effects.40
Shilajit acts as a gastric tonic and helps bring equilibrium to the functions of the digestive system.41 It contains and aids the absorption of nutrients which contribute positively toward repairing the intestinal wall.42 Some research suggests that fulvic acid might positively influence gut flora, which would enhance digestion, absorption and overall health.43
For men, adding something to the diet to help with gut health rather than taking something away seems like a much more tolerable and doable option.
How to Prepare:
Mix flaxseed and kefir into the blender till smooth, pour the mixture into a glass and add shilajit. Mix it thoroughly.
Take the smoothie before food once a day continuously for up to one month.
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Men are built with naturally more muscle mass and absolute strength. Because of this as well as their higher testosterone levels, men often engage in more vigorous physical activity, whether on the job or for enjoyment. This puts them at a higher risk for muscular, bone and joint injuries. Naturally, they are also in a hurry to recover and return to their regular activities on top of needing to return to work as quickly as possible. Anything that could speed up the recovery process would be worth a try.
Throughout the ancient history of medicine, shilajit (aka mumijo) has been used in helping many recover from broken bones, fractures, joint dislocation and more. Biruni, Avicenna45 and other founding fathers of medicine used shilajit in ointments, clay preparations and in combination with other herbal therapeutics like saffron to treat these conditions with apparently great success.46
So what does modern day medicine have to say about this? You ought to be aware by now that shilajit is rich in trace minerals, nutrients and humic substances like fulvic acid, which helps us to more easily absorb nutrients.47,48 Out of these shilajit constituents, amino acids, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, boron, iron, zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, silicon and strontium are of particular interest to bone health49 as all of them are involved in the strengthening of bones and joints.
Not surprisingly, in numerous USSR-based clinical trials carried out on more than 4000 humans and hundreds of animals in the 60s and 70s, it was observed that shilajit reduced bone fracture recovery time by 50% on average!50 Not only was recovery time reduced, but the scientists noted that the bone and cartilage tissue in the damaged areas began to fully regenerate after a month of treatment. In all studies, this effect was attributed to the fact that the participants absorbed at least 2.5 times more trace minerals into their bones than control groups who weren't given any shilajit.51,52
Furthermore, experimental trials have shown that shilajit may help with muscle stiffness and pain as a result of stiffness. For those supplementing with shilajit, both of these symptoms appeared to vanish within 3-5 days.53
People often testify of improvements in their joint and muscular pain levels after taking shilajit.
Of course, the body also needs a steady supply of vitamin D3, vitamin K and other nutrients for bone and joint health,22 plus plenty of rest, to achieve optimal results!
Combine internal and external uses:
How to Prepare:
Blend almonds and milk until smooth, then pour the mixture into a glass and add shilajit. Mix it thoroughly.
Mix 1 part Shilajit with 10-20 parts saline solution and apply with a wet cloth on the problem area. If possible, leave the cloth on the area overnight for 3-5 nights.
Take it twice or three times daily for 1 month.
Shilajit shows promise in helping to support brain activity in the areas of memory, thinking and brain function under conditions of stress. This is important for men as they often have stressful jobs and are expected to perform well under pressure at work. Brain function also generally declines with age, so increasing nutrient intake of things that boost brain function becomes more important with age.
There are multiple nutrients in shilajit that are known to contribute to optimal functioning of nerve cells, such as iron, copper, zinc,54 magnesium,55 potassium, calcium, selenium, boron, chromium,56 essential amino acids, fatty acids and phospholipids. If we lack any one of these important building blocks, our brain will not be able to grow new neurons as efficiently, nor be able to make as many synaptic connections. Shilajit can also aid in the metabolism of several vitamins due to its mineral composition,57 which are vital to maintaining a healthy brain.
Phospholipids are very important in cell function, and especially in brain cell function, and the phospholipid content of our brain cells decreases with age. Phospholipids are known to contribute to improved brain function and may improve learning and working memory under stress.58 Shilajit is a source of phospholipids.
Shilajit is also a source of tyrosine and arginine, amino acids that may improve mental performance, especially under stress. Tyrosine has been shown to enhance memory and mental performance in stressful situations and is a common supplement used for this purpose. Tyrosine is also a precursor to dopamine, and in balanced amounts, dopamine enhances mood, motivation and cognition, improving mental activity and mental focus. Arginine is a source of nitric oxide production, and nitric oxide is a vasodilator, meaning it improves blood flow. Boosting blood flow to the brain improves brain function.
Humic substances, of which fulvic acid is one, make up 60-80% of the nutritional matter in shilajit. Fulvic acid has been suggested to be largely responsible for the procognitive benefits of shilajit, appearing to provide some protection against age-related cognitive dysfunction related to tau aggregation.59 Tau aggregation is one of the main mechanisms behind the development of aging brain dysfunction. However, more research in this area is needed.
How to Prepare:
Blend turmeric, flaxseeds, and coconut or almond milk till smooth. Pour it into a glass cup and add shilajit. Mix it thoroughly.
Take it once daily, early in the morning apart from food. Be sure to do this in one month ON, three months OFF cycle for the best outcome. We recommend 10-15 minutes of meditation right after taking your drink for even better results!
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Men are more susceptible to heavy drinking and liver damage from alcohol consumption. They are also less likely to take care of their body and diet, causing toxins to build up in their systems. Shilajit contains compounds that help with detoxification and cleansing, and it may also offer some protection for the liver and improve the recovery from a hangover.
Manganese, molybdenum, iron, zinc and copper, which are all vital for the creation of enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione and catalase, are all found in shilajit. All three of these enzymes are involved in the way the body removes all toxins from your system.
Zinc in particular is known to up-regulate the production of metallothionein in the body,60 a protein that the body naturally produces to remove heavy metals. There is also plenty of evidence to show that fulvic acid is a master biological cleansing agent, capable of binding to and removing toxins in the soil.61
Shilajit is comparable to mineral water in the context of a hangover. Mineral water enters the bloodstream faster than ordinary water, helping with rehydration and toxin elimination. Bile and digestive processes are also stimulated, which aids in the excretion of alcoholic by-products. Both shilajit69 and mineral water have been noted to help reduce swelling and water retention, which reduces hangover headaches.
Ancient physicians Avicenna62 and Mohammed Zakariyo Razi63 both advocated the use of shilajit in treating chronic alcoholism. Alcohol tends to dehydrate the body64 (disturbing electrolyte balance), deplete our stores of magnesium,65 and over time can cause severe liver damage.66 As stated in a paper on nutrition and liver health, "poor nutrition is frequently associated with disorders of the liver",67 meaning that those with liver problems are at a higher risk of being undernourished. Shilajit will help in re-establishing bodily stores of trace minerals, including magnesium and other electrolytes; and potentially promotes improved liver health in a mineral-deficient person. Furthermore, in those who are nutritionally depleted in zinc and selenium, elimination of toxins may not work as efficiently,68 resulting in a prolonged hangover!
The phospholipids contained in shilajit may also help protect liver health and function against the effects of alcohol. Alcohol reduces the amount of phospholipids present in liver cell membranes, which compromises its function, and has been shown in long-term human studies to provide a measure of protection against the effects of alcohol liver damage. Phospholipids may also help protect the liver against toxins or certain types of viral-induced damage.70
How to Prepare:
Pour sparkling mineral water into a glass, add vitamin C and shilajit. Mix it thoroughly and enjoy your drink.
Take the drink to encourage the withdrawal symptoms to disappear faster.
If you’re wanting to boost the fertility of your pets to breed them, Shilajit may be able to help!
One study showed that 7 out of 9 female rats that were given shilajit began ovulating after a five-day period, as opposed to 3 out of the 9 control rats that did not receive any. In the male rats, sperm count was significantly higher in those given shilajit, and they also had a greater number of sperm-producing tubules in the testes.71
In a study on rabbits, it was shown that shilajit improves progesterone levels but did not significantly affect other fertility parameters.72 When combined with vitamin E and selenium however, the same rabbits had 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 number of babies that died at birth.
Shilajit appears to help support female fertility in animals in terms of hormonal balance for regulating ovulation and improving sperm production and sperm count or as a means to enhance the effects of other fertility-boosting supplements. Since zinc is essential to human reproduction and apparently one third of us are deficient in zinc,73 it stands to reason that our pets are often deficient as well and could benefit from extra zinc!
One study on sub-fertile dogs investigated the effect of a combination of vitamin E, zinc, selenium, folic acid, and omega-3 fatty acids on sperm quality. Sperm count, motility, membrane integrity, and mortality of the semen were significantly improved. Shilajit provides zinc and selenium and could therefore serve as a source of these fertility-enhancing nutrients.74
Just like people, our modern-day pets are deficient in many minerals and substances that used to be abundant in our diet. Not only do our pets not consume their natural diet, but soil depletion from modern farming practices has reduced the nutritional value of their food. In nature, animals consume soil as part of their diet, whether intentionally or as a by-product of finding food. Soil is rich in minerals as well as in fulvic acid, which we are learning more and more is not only incredible for our health but also essential for vitality! The saying rings true, “Let them eat dirt!” (also now the title of a book by Dr. Finlay and Dr. Arrieta, 2016, about the importance of dirt in a healthy gut flora)!
Remember that fulvic acid helps the body absorb nutrients from the diet more effectively.Remember that fulvic acid helps the body absorb nutrients from the diet more effectively.
For cats and dogs in particular, the following minerals are important:75
Of these minerals, shilajit is known to be a source of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc, making it an excellent nutritional supplement to add to your pet’s diet.
Of course, we all want our pets to live long, healthy lives. Shilajit is known as a panacea. Its all-encompassing effects benefit almost every area of health.
Shilajit is known to improve nutrient absorption, thanks mainly to the fulvic acid. This supports health in general simply because your pet is able to better digest, absorb and use the nutrients from the food it eats. Because of this effect, and because of its ability to boost energy production and its antioxidant properties, fulvic acid may boost mitochondrial function and protect mitochondria from free-radical damage. The health of mitochondria is thought to be one of the key factors to health, vitality and longevity.
Molybdenum is a mineral that helps break down old DNA and eliminate waste by-products from DNA repair and energy metabolism. It is regularly found in a typical diet and is found in shilajit.
Valine is a branched-chain amino acid found in shilajit that contribute to increased lifespan of some organisms in small amounts.76
In a study on rats published in 2012, carbon-60 (also known as fullerene) suspended in olive oil lengthens lifespan by up to 90%! The main mechanism of action seemed to be protection against oxidative stress, especially in the liver. Rather than living the usual 2.5-3 years, the rats receiving carbon-60 lived 6 or more years!77 This study had the whole world talking about this new anti-aging compound. The study or results have not been replicated since, but they certainly were intriguing. Shilajit is a natural source of carbon-60.
Of course, a balanced, varied and nutrient-rich diet is the best method to ensure a long, healthy life for your pet. Since shilajit is considered a panacea, it is the perfect well-rounded supplement to add to your pet’s diet for overall health.
The condition of your pet’s skin is directly linked to the condition of its coat. A nice-looking coat is more of a concern for dog owners especially if they are showing them, but cat owners who show their cats may be concerned with coat condition as well. Of course, skin health should be a concern for all our pets. An animal’s coat helps protect the skin and keep it hydrated. A dull-looking or brittle coat, excessive shedding, itching and skin flakiness can all be signs of dry skin and possible nutritional deficiencies. Below are some minerals, macro nutrients and amino acids found in shilajit that affect the health of your pet’s coat and skin.
Zinc is one of the most important nutrients known to affect your pet’s skin health and coat condition. A high-quality diet will provide sufficient zinc, which helps reduce itchiness, skin inflammation and even some bacterial and fungal infections of the skin.78 In dogs, a zinc deficiency will lead to a dull, rough and brittle coat and hair loss or excessive shedding. Skin lesions and ulcers, crusty, scaly skin, and the cracking and thickening of foot pads and around joints can arise without sufficient zinc. In cats, the hair can become thin and dull.79,80
The trace mineral copper and the amino acid tyrosine also help maintain coat color, reduce hair loss and keep coats supple and glossy.81 A copper deficiency, along with a zinc deficiency, can cause black dog facial hair to go grey. Tyrosine also helps maximize black coat color in both dogs and cats. Copper and tyrosine work closely together to control hair pigment because copper is a cofactor for the enzyme that converts tyrosine into dopaquinone, which is then turned into melanin,82 and melanin is responsible for pigment.
Several amino acids that contribute to your pet’s skin and coat health include methionine, proline and cysteine. Methionine revitalizes hair and skin and enhances zinc absorption. Proline and cysteine facilitate collagen synthesis, and cysteine also enhances the effects of zinc and other amino acids.
Finally, as we’ve already discussed numerous times, fulvic acid makes up the largest percentage of shilajit and is one of the most important and interesting components. Fulvic acid enhances the absorption and usage of all other nutrients both in shilajit and in your pet’s daily diet. Topical fulvic acid has also been shown in dogs, cats and mice to have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin, and has helped to reduce redness, swelling, itching and pussy lesions related to eczema or contact dermatitis.9
If a deficiency in the trace mineral manganese exists, skin and hair abnormalities will arise.83 Silicon may improve skin and hair growth through promoting collagen synthesis. Calcium enhances skin tone, and sodium helps balance cell hydration. Adequate protein and fat are required for healthy skin and hair in dogs. Inadequate protein and fats can lead to the loss of hair and hair color due to it becoming dry and brittle, and skin cell membranes may weaken, causing dehydration of the skin cells and increasing the risk of skin infections.84,85
Use Case For Pets:
Add directly to your pet food 1.5mg of shilajit per pound of animal bodyweight twice weekly.
All of the nutritional compounds above are found in shilajit and can greatly enhance the condition of your pet’s skin and coat. So what are you waiting for? Give shilajit a try today for your pet and see for yourself the benefits it can bestow on your furry friends.
This claim is not correct. Shilajit, like other nutritional supplements, only helps in contributing to and maintaining a state of vitality and well-being. Nutritional deficiency can lead to a non-optimal state of well-being, among other undesirable effects. Shilajit helps to tackle that and should, therefore, be used as a nutritional supplement to boost the level of required nutrients and maintain good health and well-being. However, it is not intended to serve as a substitute for the proper drugs prescribed for diseases and disorders by qualified medical personnel. Instead, it can be used as an adjunct where required and possible.
This is false. Though it contains several components (including a dopamine precursor) thought to be beneficial for the brain, and dopamine levels are often reduced in depressive states, shilajit is not a prescription drug for depressive disorders. Depression has more complex causes that require some medical and social solutions that significantly go beyond merely boosting up on nutrient supplements, and as such qualified medical care should be sought for its treatment.
Many of the benefits attributed to shilajit are thought to be due to its fulvic acid component. As a result, more companies are beginning to increase the proportion of fulvic acid in their shilajit products resulting in advertising taglines like, "Shilajit with 30% more Fulvic Acid.” This is wrong on several levels.
First, there is no way to accurately determine the proportion of fulvic acid in a product due to the complicated nature of the substance. Second, attempting to concentrate the fulvic acid component in shilajit can have a number of negative results, among these include the concentration process tampering with the quality of the fulvic acid.
Also, while concentration can increase the potency of the fulvic acid component, it can increase the level of side effects experienced due to it. It is important to note that fulvic acid extracts are a different product from shilajit and possibly lacking some of the synergistic effects possible with the multiple components in shilajit. As such, the impact of the fulvic acid concentrate may differ significantly from that usually expected from shilajit.
Several studies have shown that shilajit may have beneficial effects on the brain; some have even speculated on its potential usefulness as a chemotherapeutic agent. However, no convincing evidence as yet exists on the efficacy of this method. Cancer has a complex pathology and, as such, requires qualified medical expertise to manage, and may involve a multimodal approach to treatment. While consuming healthy food and supplements such as shilajit, may have beneficial effects on the body and may help protect against some of the many risks that predispose one to cancer, shilajit is not a proven chemotherapeutic agent. Therefore it is not to be substituted for prescribed chemotherapeutic agents but can be used in conjunction if possible.
This claim is not correct. The way to lose weight is by adopting a healthy approach, such as a good diet, proper eating times and exercise. While shilajit has been linked in some places to weight loss in rats by increasing fat metabolism, there's no evidence it works in humans. Therefore, it should not be seen as a substitute for exercising or a healthy diet. Shilajit, however, contains many nutritional components that are good for the body, so combining it with exercise and a healthy diet can prove beneficial for your body.
This claim is not correct. Shilajit will not directly improve your memory or learning capacity. This is due to several reasons.
First, creating strong or long-term memories usually involves some steps beyond those that can be effected by nutritional supplements. So shilajit intake will not provide a significant boost to long-term retention of information. Also, learning capacity is something that improves with practice, as opposed to supplement intake. You are better off putting more effort into the learning process than taking shilajit supplements. However, eating good food and including nutritional supplements such as shilajit, along with putting in the necessary effort, a healthy lifestyle, and a positive approach to learning may be able to improve your learning process.
Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative brain disease. It is not a nutritional disorder. Its pathology is also complex and requires qualified medical expertise to manage. Shilajit does not cure Alzheimer's disease and, as such, should not be substituted for the qualified medical expertise required. Shilajit, however, contains several components believed to be beneficial for different parts of the body, including the brain. Thus it can be used as a supplement (in addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle) to help maintain the general well-being of all parts of the body.
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This claim is incorrect. Few relevant studies have been done on this particular application of shilajit, and the results are not conclusive enough. A few studies even suggest shilajit stimulates the nervous system, rather than causing a numbing effect, and therefore, in theory, could also worsen the sensation of pain.
Also, pain has several mechanisms that may involve different processes, many of which are beyond what can be affected by supplement use. Shilajit may have some relieving effect on situations that can cause the sensation of pain, such as electrolyte loss and dehydration after a hangover. Still, it does not directly impact the body's ability to feel pain.
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