Shilajit Benefits, Dosage, Uses & Side Effects
By Refadoc, Posted on : Monday, 25 May 2015 - 3:42 am IST
Shilajit is considered to be one of the most important substances ever found in the Ayurvedic world. It means ‘nectar of God’. Shilajit has been used for thousands of years in order to boost the longetivity and to treat a large number of ailments. Shilajit is thick, black-brown in color and is resinous in nature. It is a mineral pitch resin which squeezes out of mountain cracks upon heating during the summer months. A lot of people do not know about the amazing benefits of Shilajit. It is made up of the centuries old decomposed plants and is therefore a rich source of Vitamins, Minerals and other nutrients. It can be easily names as one of the most potent trace mineral source all over the earth. Shilajit's benefits make it a powerful Adaptogen, which means that it can protect against many different kinds of mental and physical stress.
Shilajit is never consumed in it’s raw form. It should always be purified before consuming. It is also a very powerful antioxidant and helps to fight against the free radicals in the body. This is one of the major ways how it helps to boost the longetivity of life.
Shilajit can be easily used in order to reduce the pain, treat different kinds of arthritis, joint and muscle pains. It can also be used in order to treat inflammation. Many people tend to consume Shilajit for these conditions as they grow older. Shilajit is also know to fortify the nervous system and helps to deal with stress, mental fatigue, epilepsy, anxiety as well as depression. It is also known to aid with the concentration and increases the learning ability of a person by boosting their memory.
Shilajit is successfully used in order to treat heart related ailments and helps to maintain a normal blood pressure. It is also beneficial for the digestive system, stomach as well as the intestines. It is also known to help with the problems related to indigestion, constipation as well as pain in the abdomen.
Shilajit also enhances the function of the kidneys, pancreas and the thyroid gland. It boosts the blood circulation within the body as well. It is also known as a protector of the liver as it helps with the correct secretion of the enzymes and juices which are known to promote a healthy metabolism. It contains certain anti microbial properties which protect the body against overall damage.
A lot of people consume Shilajit as it helps to control their Diabetes. It also helps to metabolize the blood sugar and removes the harmful toxins from the bloodstream. It also increases the physical strength, energy and the stamina of the person. In men, Shilajit can be used to boost the sperm count and helps in the regulation of the sex hormones.
Nutritional Composition of Shilajit
Shilajit is a phytocomplex which is known to contain more than 85 natural minerals found in their ionic form and triterpenes, selenium, phospholipids, humic acid as well as fulvic acid. These compounds are well known in nature for their antioxidant properties, which is the sole reason behind the energy generating effect found in Shilajit. Shilajit is also known to contain around 60-80% Fulvic Acid which is well known for its anti aging properties.
Fulvic Acid is also soluble in water which makes it very efficient to move through the system quickly and works as a potent antioxidant.
Natural Health Benefits of Shilajit:
- Boosts the Immune system
- Treats Diabetes
- Treats Respiratory problems
- Enhances the sexual performance
- Great source of Vitamins and Minerals
- Increases the life span of a person
- Prevents aging
- Works as an energy booster
- Reduces inflammation
- Fortifies the memory and thinking
- Reduces the overall stress
- Treats anxiety and depression
- Treats high blood pressure
- Improves digestion
- Protects the liver and the pancreas
- Increases the blood circulation
- Enhances the metabolism
- Contains anti microbial properties
- Increases the physical strength
- Treats urinary problems and removes kidney stones
- Treats anemia
- Treats ulcers
Additional Health Benefits of Shilajit:
1) Physical Health Benefits:
Shilajit is commonly known as the destroyer of weakness and is great for those who are looking to enhance their physical performance. It is known to increase and improve the recovery time after a workout, increases the stamina of a person and also improves the physical weaknesses as well as boosts the functioning of the brain. It is also known to promote the natural strength gain and increases the muscle mass.
2) Antioxidant Properties:
Shilajit is known to mimic the working of powerful antioxidants and promotes the respiration of the cells and boosts the anti aging properties of the skin. Some recent studies have even proved that Shilajit is higher in its antioxidant properties as compared to some potent berries.
3) Regulates the blood sugar levels:
Shilajit is known to promote the regeneration of the cells in the pancreas. It also helps to maintain a high level of glucose in the body, which helps to keep diabetes in check.
4) Storehouse of Minerals:
Along with the Fulvic as well as the Humic Acid, Shilajit is also known to contain major health benefits as it contains many trace minerals along with their own benefits.
5) Anti inflammatory Properties:
Shilajit is used as an anti inflammatory agent due to its chemical compositions. It helps to slow down the tissue damage rate in the body and accelerates the healing process.
Scientific and Common Names:
Scientific Name: Asphaltum
Common Name: Mineral Pitch or Vegetable Asphalt
Production and how it is used?
The plant is found around the Himalayas and in some part of Nepal. The resin part of the plant is generally used. Shilajit contains a lot of Fulvic Acid, which makes the nutrients more absorbable. The plant contains a very high antioxidant value. It is first purified and is then used in the form of Capsules.
Precautions and Side effects:
People suffering from Gout are not recommended to consume Shilajit. This can increase the amount of Uric Acid on the body. Also, pregnant and breastfeeding women are also advised to seek the guidance of their doctors before consuming Shilajit. When used in a correct dose and amount, Shialjit is not known to cause any major side effect. However, in some cases when people do take in Iron supplements along with Shilajit, it could lead the building up of an excessive amount of Iron in the blood.
Side effects of the herb can be caused due to using a low quality product or something which claims to be the original herb, but is not. You should always be aware before buying the supplements in the market. Some of these are known to contain fertilizers and toxic heavy metals. Therefore, make sure that you are buying the correct product. It is best recommended to take in the supplement along with your food in order to cut down on the chances of any lightheadedness, if any.
Shilajit is a great and very powerful ayurvedic herb for many different beneficla medical reasons however, attention should be paid while using it and it should only be used in moderation. otherwise, it can be quite harmful
Thanks for sharing this article with us. We never knew about the tremedous health benefits of using Shilajit. The herb is very amazing and it is known quite less for it's amazing health benefits. very informative article.
Shilajit is one of the many natural wonders found in India when it comes to health care. The product is just amazing. Love the many benefits and amazing qualities of the product. I think that when taken in moderation, it can be rightly called the eliixir of life.
Thank you for sharing this indepth article about Shilajit. It is just wonderful to know that one product could have so many health benefits and we should still remain unaware about its presence. Amazing!
Thank you. It is very helpfull article
Thank you for such an informative article. I read this two weeks ago and have started consuming Shilajit as recommended by my ayurveda doctor. There have been great benefits of Shilajit and not only in one single sphere. The benefits are tremendous and multi faceted. Thanks for sharing such an informative article!
Excellent product, getting used to it already after taking it for more than a month. I can tell the way I feel that this supplement is good. Im a healthy person , I exercise regularly and eat the right kind of food, but adding Shilajit to my regimen made it even better. It boost my energy and stamina, clarity of mind and just feeling of strong mind and body. For those who are still deciding to add this, I suggest to try it for a month or two and you wont be disappointed.
Thanks for posting this informative article! Very good.
When I was growing up , my grand-mom had this herbal medicine box. Once in a while I used to sit down with her and learn more about the herbs she had. So every-time she opened the box, this peculiar smell used to ooze out. It's no surprise to me that that smell was from the Shilajit!! That was like 20 years back in Bangalore, where I was born and raised. Now that I have read this article, I know about the amazing health benefits of Shilajit. Thanks for sharing. Brings back a lot of memories.
A lot of people do not know about this. But in Sanskrit Shila= Mountain/ Jeet(or Jit)= To Win!! So Shilajit either means you'll have power like mountain or the substance that came breakingthe mountain.
Dose: I take it once a day, I pinch it out, "Lemon seed size", roll it and drink it with water. Sometime with honey!!
I started using Shilajit over a year ago after hearing someone recommend it to me. After about 6 weeks of use the arthritis in my hands was gone and I've had no recurrence. I've recommended it to friends and family and all report similarly positive results.
I've used Ayurvedic medicine for a long time, and I'v never come across such pure and authentic product as the Shilajit. I've purchased Shilajit and nothing compares to the consistency and taste as I stand by this product for helping improve my health!!
I am actually extremely impressed with the over potency of this Shilajit. I have actually been using this for about a month now and have noticed a HUGE difference in my ability to focus better, my energy level has sky rocketed. After reading the directions thoroughly I thought it would be best to use a peanut size every other day, first thing in the morning. It does take some time to get used to the smell and taste.
This is really easy to handle as I have heard most it can be hard to work with. You can just take a pinch out and roll it into a ball and consume it this way. I recommend under the tongue
I have been using this for almost a year and I have noticed huge improvements in various areas. I am stronger in the gym and I work out with weights twice a week. I also am more energetic and feel more upbeat generally
I love Shilajit! I have more energy now and I stay on task! When I was younger I had a lot of energy, but when I was in my 40's I starting getting lazy and I could not find anything to help with my energy level. I use to sleep all the time and not get anything done, no housework, no errands, you get the point. I came across authentic Shilajit and I am so glad that I did. I have my energy back, I do all my housework and errands.
I think this made me stronger. I was having anxiety attacks and my minerals were getting depleted. I'm not sure what this did in my body, but when I started taking this I felt stronger and was physically stronger too.
I have been taking it only for few weeks so I don’t know if all the wonderful claims will come true but so far it has not made me kick myself for spending some serious money for what looks like a small mud cake
Love this! After about 2 weeks I definitely noticed more stamina to work longer during my day.
It gaves me a lot of energy. I think it helps to improve my healt.
I can feel the kick in emotions of this product after starting using it. Potency is good.
V. V. Sharma
Great for total rejuvenation of the body
Thanks for posting this informative article. It is one of the best ayruvedic products
Very informative. I must get myself hooked onto it as well
Shilajit is not a plant(herb) but is a mineral deposition found on rocks especially in himalaya mountain.