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The Body’s Main Energy Source
If we could point the finger at one problem that plagues the western world, I’d say it’s the abundance of food we have created! We spent millions of years trying to figure out how not to starve, and in the last fifty years, we have finally accomplished the task!
The body uses fat and sugar (carbohydrates) as its primary sources of fuel. Since our very first dose of mother’s milk (or formula, modeled on mother’s milk), we have been genetically wired to love, crave and overeat the sweet taste. We’ve been programmed to conclude that, if it’s sweet, it’s safe to eat!
Back To Our Problem
Whenever we ingest more fuel than we can use, we store it as fat. Unfortunately for us, fat stores from excess fuel are 4 times more likely to store around the belly and hips than other places on the body. (1)
Our mitochondria are the cellular energizers that help us make energy. One of their major jobs is to convert fat and sugar into energy, or ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
When the mitochondria slow down this process, we start to feel tired, we gain a few unsightly extra pounds, and the signs of aging become more and more noticeable with each passing year.
In Ayurveda, there is an herb called shilajit which is rich in rare constituents called fulvic and humic acids that the mitochondria use to make energy. In fact, in one study shilajit was able to help the mitochondria convert fat and sugar into ATP, the body’s main energy source. (2)
Grow Your Energy-Production Potential
Shilajit was shown in many studies to potentize the effectiveness of CoQ10 – a natural energizer which naturally occurs in the bloodstream – actually doubling the CoQ10 levels in the mitochondria. (3) In one study, when CoQ10 was combined with shilajit, it produced a 56% increase in energy production in the brain. (4)
In the muscles, when CoQ10 and shilajit were combined it yielded a 144% increase in muscle energy production. (4)
Shilajit was historically used by Himalayan mountain climbers to gain energy for climbing at heights above 20,000 feet. Still to this day, local sherpas take shilajit before each climb and sell it to visiting climbers to help oxygenate at high altitudes.
In Ayurveda, shilajit is the most highly revered herb in their Materia Medica of over 2000 herbs. For supporting the health and longevity of the mitochondria, shilajit should be considered.
- Leiberman D. The Story of the Human Body. Pantheon. New York 2013. p267-70
- Environ Sci Technology. 2009 Feb 1;43(3):878-83
- Systemic CoQ level in animals: Part II. Unpublished study. Natreon, Inc.:2007.12
- Pharmacologyonline. 2009;1:817-25