Shilajit: Health Benefits, Side Effects, Ayurvedic Uses

Shilajit: Health Benefits, Side Effects, Ayurvedic Uses

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Where Does Shilajit Come From?

Did you know that shilajit is a nutrient-rich resin emerging from crushed forests that can help you with energy, memory, mood, detox, and more?

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 powerful 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 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.

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Shilajit: Destroyer of Weakness

Known in India as the “Destroyer of Weakness,” shilajit’s other primary component are DBPs (dibenzo-alpha-pyrones), which are the “energizer bunny component.”

It seems that via this component, shilajit 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 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 shilajit.3

Benefits of Shilajit

  • Energy
  • Memory
  • Mood
  • 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 cell4 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 tissues

Channel (Srotas): Urinary, nervous, reproductive

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Ayurvedic Supplements with Shilajit

Shilajit Plus is a proprietary blend of shilajit, ashwagandha, and amalaki. Shilajit is known in India as “destroyer of weakness.” For thousands of years, shilajit has been used to support energy, memory, absorption of vital nutrients, intelligence, healthy blood sugar, detoxification, and cellular protection. Shilajit is widely 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 Shilajit Plus.

Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) was traditionally used as support for memory, mood, and focus, and has recently become popular for the same uses. Ayurveda maintains that inability to focus is, at its core, an issue of stress-affected energy levels. The body and mind require a certain amount of energy to settle down and focus on one task. In Ayurveda, bacopa is understood to be a rejuvenative nerve and brain tonic. As such, it has been shown to support memory, learning, stable mood, stomach health, and respiratory health.*

Chelation Support is designed to help the body rid itself of damaging oxidative elements. It features specialized ingredients, such as EDTA, Himalayan shilajit extract (50% fulvic acid), chlorella, coriander, and antioxidant-stimulating nutrients. These ingredients perform in concert to support health when your body is challenged by environmental toxins, such as heavy metals.*

5-Herbal Energy is a proprietary, adaptogenic, herbal formula designed to support the nervous system and help the body to replenish reserves and adapt to stress to get through the day. If the body is depleted and deficient, it will constantly be “borrowing,” going more and more into debt and having to produce more adrenaline and stress-fighting hormones, which are toxic to the body.

Beet Cleanse is an all-natural proprietary formula consisting of organic beetroot, organic fenugreek seed, organic cassia (cinnamon) bark, and shilajit extract. It is designed to support the pancreatic and bile ducts and encourage clearing of congested bile. It also supports digestive strength, healthy blood sugar, and lipid levels already within a normal range. Bile flow is critical to optimal health, digestion, fat burning, and detox. Beet Cleanse is designed to decongest bile ducts, increase bile flow and reset healthy fat metabolism.*

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