Researchers Rediscover Shilajit Benefits

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New research has revealed powerful rejuvenating 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 to 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:

  • Energy
  • Mood
  • Memory
  • 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

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 and escorting free radicals out of the cell. (6,7,8)

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 the richest sources of fulvic acid in the world.

Shilajit Makes all Herbs and Nutrients More Effective

Colloidal minerals are minerals in the 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 the 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)

Mood Support

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.

Memory

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.

Super Antioxidant

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)

Blood Sugar

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)

Neurotransmitter Levels

Shilajit supports healthy neurotransmitter levels in the brain that, partnered with its propensity to deeply oxygenate cells, may support increased health and longevity of the brain cells. (11)

Detoxification

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 in 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?

References

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17295385
  2. http://pharmacologyonline.silae.it/files/archives/2009/vol2/071.Sauryya.pdf
  3. Nadkami, A. K., ed. Indian Materia Medica. Popular Prakashan Ltd; 3rd edition; Dec. 31, 2011
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23733436
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20532096
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2953069
  7. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.2650090113/abstract
  8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11293242
  9. Pal D, Bhattacharya S. Pilot Study on the Improvement of Human Performance with ReVitalETTM as Energy Booster: Part-IV. 2006. Data on file. Natreon, Inc.
  10. http://pharmacologyonline.silae.it/files/archives/2009/vol1/083.Sauryya.pdf
  11. Ghosal S. Shilajit in Perspective. Oxford, U.K.: Narosa Publishing House; 2006
  12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22482077
  13. Clinical study for evaluation of plasma antioxidant capacity and safe use of purified and standardized Shilajit (ReVitalET) in normal volunteers. J. B. Roy State Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata. 2007. Data on file. Natreon, Inc.
  14. Paraquat – Fischer, A.M., Winterie, J.S., & Mill, T. (1967). Primary photochemical processes in photolysis medicated by humic substances. In R.G. Zika & W.J. Cooper (Eds). Photochemistry of environmental aquatic system (141-156). (ACS Symposium Series 327). Washington DC: American Chemical Society.
  15. Pesticides – Aiken, G.R. McKnight, D.M. MacCarthy, P. (1985).Humic substances of soil, sediment and water.New York: Wiley-Interscience.
  16. http://aem.asm.org/content/54/12/3086.short

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