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New research has revealed powerful rejuvenative properties of a nutrient- and mineral-rich biomass that, for thousands of years, Ayurvedic texts have held sacred for its astounding list of beneficial properties.
Shilajit has been touted for millennia as the best herbal carrier of energy and nutrition into the human body. Modern science has supported this by identifying fulvic and humic acids, which are found in abundance in shilajit. Fulvic and humic acids are responsible for energy production within the cell. (1) Science is just beginning to understand the implications of fulvic acid-rich substances like shilajit.
Researchers are excited about shilajit’s potential, such as supporting the potency of other nutrients by up to 30%! (2)
As we will see, for thousands of years, shilajit – also known as the destroyer of weakness – has been used to support:
- Worry and restless mind
- Absorption of vital nutrients
- The potency of other nutrients
- Healthy blood sugar levels
- The removal of free radicals from cells
Watch the two videos below and read on to learn how shilajit delivers its abundant energy without being a stimulant, and why it is the only substance, out of 2000 medicinal plants, touted to support all body types and all systems in the Indian Materia Medica. (3)
Shilajit is the Essence of Ancient Tropical Forests
About 50 million years ago, the Indian continent collided into Asia and formed the Himalayan mountain range. In the process, tropical forests were crushed and compacted between massive boulders as the mountains formed.
The compressed forests gradually transformed into a nutrient- and mineral-rich exudation loaded with treasured humic and fulvic acids. In addition to the fulvic and humic acids, shilajit is like a treasure chest full of countless nutrients and minerals. The third primary component of shilajit are metabolites called DBP’s (dibenzo-alpha pyrones), which is the “energizer bunny component.” (4)
Now, every summer as the mountains warm, India’s most powerful substance literally exudes from the mountain rock crevices as a biomass resin and is harvested for its invaluable properties. It’s also helpful for balancing altitude-related issues such as hypoxia and acute mountain sickness! (5)
Renew Your Cells
It is well known that highly oxygenated cells have a greater tendency towards longevity than cells that are not well oxygenated. Shilajit supports cellular regeneration by driving oxygen and nutrients into the cell (6) and escorting free radicals out of the cell. (7,8)
Plants pull minerals out of the soil and transform them into bio-available nutrients for the plant. This process requires an ample amount of fulvic acid.
Fulvic acid is what makes both these processes possible. Shilajit is among of the richest sources of fulvic acid in the world.
Shilajit Makes all Herbs and Nutrients More Effective
Colloidal minerals are minerals in solution that are much easier to absorb than other mineral supplements. It is the fulvic acids found in shilajit that bring minerals we so desperately need into a colloidal solution. Once in solution, we can digest and assimilate the minerals.
Traditionally, shilajit was described as “yoga vahi,” which means that the potency of whatever it is taken with will be enhanced due to shilajit’s ability to bring any nutrient into solution and drive it into the cell.
In one study, CoQ10, which supports heart, liver and kidney health, was enhanced by 29% with the addition of shilajit. (2)
Feeling Tired? No Endurance?
Shilajit supports deep rejuvenation and energy production. (3) In one study, participants took just 200mg of shilajit each day for 15 days and the available energy in their blood after vigorous exercise was equivalent to the levels of available energy before starting exercise. That’s the “energizer bunny component” in action! (9)
Recent studies on shilajit show that it delivers energy and nutrients to the cell at astonishing levels. In one study mice underwent strenuous exercise and had their energy (ATP) expenditure measured with and without shilajit. The energy depleted twice as fast in the group that did not take the shilajit, which is associated with increased production of ATP. (4,10)
Shilajit supports healthy dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for feelings of contentment and well-being. (10) Research in the realm of epigenetics has now confirmed that positive feelings and experiences that are linked to healthy dopamine levels have a positive, beneficial effect on the genes.
Shilajit supports learning acquisition and memory retrieval by driving oxygen, minerals and nutrients into the brain tissue while supporting the brain’s natural protective function against neurotoxins. (11,12)
Worry and Restless Mind
Shilajit is used for worry and restless thinking. (11) According to Ayurveda, an overactive mind is caused by a state of exhaustion in which there is not enough energy to sedate and calm the nervous system. Shilajit supports healthy energy reserves.
Shilajit supports the production of antioxidants, such as glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase and catalase. These antioxidants protect the brain tissue from oxidative stress and cognitive decline. (11)
Shilajit supports healthy fasting blood sugar levels. Stable blood sugar provides stable energy, improved mood, better fat metabolism, and decreased cravings. (13)
Healthy Inflammation Response
Shilajit supports a healthy inflammation response through cellular oxygenation and beneficial free radical activity. (12)
Healthy Pancreatic Function
Shilajit supports healthy pancreatic cell function, energy, and repair. (11)
Shilajit supports healthy neurotransmitter levels in the brain that, partnered with it propensity to deeply oxygenate cells, may support increased health and longevity of the brain cells. (11)
Both the fulvic and humic acids found in shilajit encourage toxins to be pulled out of the cells and the body. (14,15,16)
As a natural electrolyte, fulvic acid supports electrical balance to damaged cells and the neutralization of low toxin levels in the body. (14,15)
The Indian Materia Medica marveled at the ability of shilajit to support all body types and all systems at once. As a result, shilajit has played many roles in Ayurveda. Even today, you will not find an Ayurvedic pharmacy without a good supply of shilajit.
How has shilajit enhanced and strengthened your health and vitality?
This article was originally published January 9, 2013. It was revised and republished July 23, 2015.