About 50 million years ago, the Indian continent collided into Asia and formed the Himalayan mountain range. As the mountains formed, tropical forests were crushed and compacted between massive boulders.
The compressed forests gradually transformed into a nutrient- and mineral-rich biomass loaded with medicinal humic and fulvic acids.
Now, every summer as the mountains warm, India’s most prized herbal remedy literally oozes from these biomass resins in the high mountain crevasses.
Known as Shilajit, this resinous and nutrient-rich biomass has been touted for millennia by Ayurveda’s Materia Medica as the best carrier of energy and nutrition into the human body. Modern science has recently proven this by identifying fulvic and humic acids, which are found in abundance in Shilajit, as the main substances responsible for energy production within the cell. (1)
Science is just beginning to understand the implications of fulvic acid-rich nutrients like Shilajit.
Known in India as the “Destroyer of Weakness,” Shilajit’s other primary component are DBPs (dibenzo alpha pyrones), which is the “energizer bunny component.”
It seems that via this component, it supports deep rejuvenation and energy production. 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! (2)
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. (3)
For thousands of years, it has been used to help support:
- Absorption of vital nutrients
- Enhanced potency and effectiveness of other nutrients
- Sharp intelligence
- Balanced blood sugar
- Efficient detoxification
- Optimal oxygenation and the body’s natural antioxidant response
Renew Your Cells
Shilajit is known for its ability to rejuvenate a cell by driving oxygen and nutrients into the cell (4) and supporting the body’s natural antioxidant activity, whereby the body rids itself of free radicals. (5)
Traditionally, Shilajit was described as a yogavahi, meaning that whatever is taken with it 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 boosts energy in heart, liver and kidney cells, was enhanced by 29% with the addition of Shilajit. (6)
Synergistic herbs with this resin are Ashwagandha (sometimes spelled Ashwaganda) and Amalaki. When added in small amounts to a Shilajit formula, these herbs naturally enhance and maximize Shilajit’s boons.
Energetics of Shilajit
Taste (Rasa): Pungent, bitter, salty, astringent
Energy (Virya): Heating
Post-digestive quality (Vipaka): Pungent
Quality (Guna): Dry, heavy
Tissue (Dhatu): All the tissues
Channel (Srotas): Urinary, nervous, reproductive
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Regenerate is a combination of predominantly Shilajit, with synergistic benefits of both Ashwagandha and Amalaki. Shilajit is known in India as “the destroyer of weakness.” For thousands of years, this resin has been used to support energy, memory, absorption of vital nutrients, intelligence, healthy blood sugar, detoxification, and cellular protection.
Shilajit is known for its ability to support cell function through healthy cellular oxygenation while promoting cell protection with antioxidant support. It is with this in mind that our Shilajit product is named, “Regenerate.”
Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) was traditionally used as a brain tonic and through recent research has become popular as support for memory, mood, and focus. Ayurveda maintains that the inability to focus is, at its core, an issue of energy levels. The body and mind require a certain amount of energy to settle down and focus on one task.
In Ayurveda, Bacopa is considered a rejuvenative nerve and brain tonic that has been shown to support healthy memory, improve learning, support stable mood, along with stomach and respiratory health. LifeSpa’s Bacopa blend also contains Shankpushpi – a fellow nervine superstar that helps direct vata downward (upwards moving vata being a common problem in the western cultures) – and Shilajit to act as a driver and yogavahi, making the Bacopa and Shankpushpi more effective.
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