Many people believe that an ancient Ayurvedic mystery is responsible for the benefits of shilajit. We are not privy to this secret knowledge so we’ll focus on the benefits 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 have antibacterial and antiviral properties6. Those acids even replace the standard antibiotics in some animal agriculture. With respect to skin conditions, you may apply it directly to 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 inflammation. Shilajit can supply your body with extra Magnesium to prevent this from happening.19
Taking Shilajit together with turmeric and ginger increases their effectiveness against serious forms of arthritis. A method for reducing inflammation directly is to mix Shilajit with your solution or cream. Mix Shilajit in a 1:3 proportion and apply it to the problem area.
Benefit #3: Heart, blood and circulation
Shilajit has plenty of iron, which plays a major role in transporting oxygen in our body. Cobalt is an essential element for making red blood cells.12 Potassium balances the negative effect of salt intake, and reduces cholesterol. Together with calcium, they regulate the heartbeat. These may be key factors to improving and sustaining healthy blood pressure.10
Benefit #4: Physical performance and energy, 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 to reduce physical weakness and improve stamina. Iron, copper and nickel help to carry more oxygen in the blood, which produces energy. It is vital for individuals to consume 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 to the muscle cells. This may help to 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 essential. This element increases the ability to learn.15
Copper, on the other hand, supports neurodevelopment and improves cognitive function. A tiny amount of copper helps form new neurotransmitters that allow neurons talk to each other. Kids and students need those metals in particular, to promote their brain development. Potassium allows more oxygen to reach the brain and in this way it stimulates neural activity.16
Finally, the B vitamins are a very popular brain supplement that is also found in shilajit. B vitamins is also improve oxygen delivery, as well as the memory. It is especially beneficial to older adults in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Benefit #6: Anti Stress, Depression and Anxiety
For people who suffer from depression, the 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 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. Together with zinc, this may be a great solution to relieve stress and anxiety.19 For some of us, it works as a natural and healthy replacement for prescription drugs or antidepressants.
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, however, a study from Harvard Health looked at how zinc levels influence diabetes risk for women. They found that a higher zinc level was associated with a slightly reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. The proper balance of calcium may also reduce the risk of diabetes by 33%.30
Benefit #8: Rejuvenation
The fact that Shilajit is a life-giving and rejuvenating supplement for plants cannot be overemphasized. Anyone can prove it to himself or herself just by applying shilajit mixed with 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, 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. It may not be the Fountain of Youth but it’s comforting to know that some of the damage can be undone.
We also know that shilajit can 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.
Benefit #9: Skin care and wrinkles
Manganese slows down the aging of the skin and the development of wrinkles. It also improves the tensile strength and elasticity of the skin.20
Copper makes skin healthier by promoting collagen. It is a protein produced by the cells to ‘hold’ the skin together, promoting skin regeneration and reducing wrinkles.26 Deficiency of copper is also linked to depigmentation of the skin.
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 have various forms of skin abnormalities.25
To use Shilajit for the skin, you have to apply it externally like a cream, though there is little scientific evidence to warrant oral or topical supplementation for the skin.
Benefit #10: Hair and skin, 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. Shilajit can enrich your shower soap with a variety of needed elements that our modern diet simply doesn’t supply.
One of the important metals is copper. It may calm your scalp and help hair growth. Copper also may increase your hair’s natural pigmentation.21 Manganese, selenium, and zinc play an important role in healthy skin, including the scalp.
To be most effective, you should take shilajit internally as well as mixing it with your shampoo or shower gel. Emu Oil together with Shilajit may multiply the positive effect for hair health. You can also try natural shampoos, and ensure that you do not wash your hair too often. Your hair could go much longer between washings, without becoming too oily.
Benefit #11: Sexual potency, testosterone, androgen and estrogen
Natural zinc supplementation improves sexual performance. It promotes proper testosterone levels, 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 the production of sex hormones, 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. Firstly, 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 situations that contribute to age-related diseases including arthritis and other forms of chronic inflammation. 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 by free radicals that enter your body through the food and the environment. Finally, the carotenoids retinol and terpenoids plus Vitamin E can also act as antioxidants. All of these make Shilajit at 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: IT CAN CURE DISEASE OR INFECTION
It is not a drug. If you are 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 will get better but this is not a short-cut to a cure. For example, when you have dental cavities you won’t fix them just by cleaning the teeth, but you may prevent the next one.
Your illness may even get worse, in the case of viral infection. We do not recommend taking shilajit when you have the flu or another sort of virus. The infection is a stress for the immune system. To fight the viruses our organism produces special antibodies and mobilize the whole system into the state of war. It has not been proven, but shilajit may alter the immune system response, which is better to avoid.
MYTH #2: IT MAY TREAT CANCER
Shilajit is not a cancer treatment. It won’t make cancer either better or worse. Shilajit has nothing to do with the repair of broken cells. It is only a supplier of nutrients. There have been some studies about the immunomodulatory function of shilajit, however, the results are yet to be published.
MYTH #3: FAT BURNING AND WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENT
If you consider 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 in some ways but is not directly responsible for any weight loss. There might be a single exception if your weight problems are connected to a chronic nutritional imbalance.
MYTH #4: WOMAN INFERTILITY
As some recent studies have shown, shilajit increases the count and activity of sperm, however there is no evidence or study that we can find that concerns about women and 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 the remains of plants is called decomposition. It is made by special microorganisms that create organic Fulvic Acid from the Humic Substances. They make 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 Acid than Fulvic Acid.
There is a particular trend concerning Fulvic Acid that some companies use for marketing. Most people think that more is better and these companies take advantage of this fact. But the truth is that more is not always better… everything has to be in balance.
We recommend staying away from companies that mixing various things and saying that it is organic. If you need Fulvic Acid you may get a 95% concentrate for the price of about $30 per pound. It has nothing to do with shilajit, and those man-made concentrates may even destroy all the benefits of the shilajit.
- http://www.livestrong.com/ article/454503-will-iron-tablets-give-me-some-energy/