WHAT IS SHILAJIT & WHY ADD SHILAJIT INTO YOUR WELLNESS PLAN?
Shilajit has been consumed as a dietary mineral supplement and super food for thousands of years in India and Asia. It is also known in the north of India as Salajit, Shilajatu, Mimie, or Mummiyo. It is now also creeping into the Natural therapies radar due to its powerful properties and a will quite possibly another piece of the puzzle for many in finding better health.
Shilajit is a sticky substance found primarily in the rocks of the Himalayas. It develops gradually over centuries from the slow decomposition of plants. It is the result of a long, active process of micro-organisms that break down plant matter and minerals. The resin is rich in a wide spectrum of minerals, trace elements and contains an important compound known as Fulvic acid. Fulvic acid improves the absorption of minerals at a cellular level in the body, making Shilajit the perfect delivery method for ionic minerals into the body.
[Image: Raw Shilajit oozing from a High Himalayan mountain crag.]
What do ancient texts say about Shilajit?
Shilajit is a Sanskrit word meaning “rock-invincible”, “conqueror of mountains”, or “destroyer of weakness”. The Charaka Samhita (5000 year old Ayurvedic text) addresses Shilajit in a chapter on rejuvenation therapy (Rasayana). It claims that Shilajit is effective for all Doshic imbalances when used at the right time and taken regularly. For an already healthy person, consuming Shilajit results in strength, stamina and energy due to its adaptogenic effects. It is also used as a catalyst or harmoniser by Ayurvedic practitioners to increase the actions of other herbs in a supplement and is a great pair to improve absorption of your existing supplement routine..
A great many health issues can be traced to mineral or nutrient deficiencies. Intensive chemical farming (through pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, etc) and irrigation have removed natural minerals and beneficial microbes from our agricultural land and the plants that grow on it. Shilajit contains many of the vital minerals and trace elements needed for energy reactions in our cells and high percentages of fulvic acid to help transport these mineral molecules deep into the body. The minerals in Shilajit are in ionic form, which means that the body can more easily absorb and move them to areas where they are needed.
Shilajit is said to have the unique ability to bring the essence of any tissue system (dhatu). For example, the essence of muscle (mamsa) is to give shape, the essence of blood (rakta) is to bring life, and the essence of the marrow/nervous system (maja) is to bestow knowledge.
[Image: Shilajit post processing, formed into crystaline chunks.]
What does modern scientific research say about Shilajit?
Scientific research has identified micro minerals, trace elements and organic Fulvic acids in Shilajit as well as potent antioxidant properties. These elements validate the health supporting characteristics long ascribed by Ayurvedic medicine.
Essential minerals and trace elements are well established as vital to many different functions and processes in the body. Fulvic and humic acids have more recently been discovered to enhance bioavailability of nutrients. It is likely that the curative properties attributable to shilajit are provided by the significant levels of fulvic acids that shilajit contains, considering that fulvic acid is known by its strong antioxidant actions.
Recent studies on the composition of Andean Shilajit in Chile have evidenced an ORAC index between 50 and 500 Trolox units/g of material, which is substantially higher than Noni and blueberries (Quinteros et al., unpublished data). In this context, shilajit seems to be a powerful antioxidant phytocomplex.
[Image: Shilajit forms a tar like liqued when mixed with water and is very sensitive to humidity. Our Shilajit is powdered and dried but will return to liquid if exposed to humidity.]
Want to learn more about Shilajits benefits?
Shilajit is a powerful adaptogen (supports the bodies natural resistance to stress), which balances and strengthens the body allowing it to function at an optimal level. Shilajit is now being studied for many possible benefits. Below is a list of research to get you started!
- Immune boosting, may improve healing and fight inflammation https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1050464816305009?via%3Dihub
- Supports healthy ageing and increases mental clarity by promoting brain function https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3296184/
- Loaded with antioxidants, trace minerals, essential nutrients, fatty acids and probiotics https://www.researchgate.net/publication/224898358_Shilajit_evalution_of_its_effects_on_blood_chemistry_of_normal_human_subjects
- Supports healthy digestion and better nutrient absorption
- Helpful in chronic fatigue to boost stamina and energy flow https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6364418/
- May relieve anxiety and assist in depression https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2650748/
- May aid in the removal of toxins from the body and fighting of free radicals
- May aid cardiovascular health and longevity
Dash B. Materia Medica of Ayurveda. New Delhi: B Jain Publishers; 1991
- Helps to promote better sleep and rejuvenation
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