Top 18 Health Benefits of Shilajit
Ayurveda is the science of utilizing herbs, minerals, and naturally occurring substances to make equilibrium to body and mind by developing a balanced diet and healthful lifestyle. Shilajit is one of the best and oldest mineral resin that has been used by ancient Ayurvedic physicians in the diet for a healthy and energetic body.
Introduction to Shilajit
Shilajit may be one of the most unique substances in the world. It is a blackish-brown powder, produced by compression of organic matter between layers of rock across hundreds or thousands of years.
During summers, this biomass oozes out of extensive clefts in the rocks of the Himalayas.
- Botanical Name of Shilajit - Asphaltum
- Common Name of Shilajit- Mineral pitch
Shilajit is mainly found in the Himalayan regions in India. The border runs between Arunachal Pradesh in the east and Kashmir in the west. Shilajit resin also occurs in nearby areas of India but is not confined to Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan, Tibet, and China. It is considered that Shilajit is in different geographical areas with different physical properties.
Composition of Shilajit
This resin-shilajit is abundant in the Himalayan mountain ranges in Asia. It is packed with nutrients and minerals like fulvic acid and humic acid. These two acids are mixed in the soil to make them rich in minerals for more desirable farming.
Ayurvedic practitioners call this the 'Destroyer of weakness'. It is not associated with any health rights, but due to their common belief, it has been declared in Sanskrit Vedas according to Ayurveda. Some recent studies show that scientists have found traces of strong antioxidants i.e. Dibenzo alpha pyrenes in Shilajit. Some studies on cells of heart, liver, kidney have said that the use of Shilajit increases the amount of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) by 29% in the body.
Shilajit in Sanskrit Vedas
Shilajit is cited in many ancient texts. In Ayurveda, it is referred to as Silajatu, Shilajatu, and Shilajit.
Properties of Shilajit as per Ayurveda
- Rasa (Taste): Bitter, pungent, astringent, and salty
- Virya (Energy): Warming
- Vipaka (After digestion): Pungent
- Guna (Quality): Dry and heavy
- Dhatu (Tissue): All tissues
- Srotas (Channel): Urinary, reproductive, nervous
Medicinal Properties of Shilajit
- Spermatogenic and Ovogenic Effects
- Antifungal Activity
- Memory Enhancer
Did you know that this Shilajit, a nutrient-rich resin from crushed rocks can give you energy, mood, memory, detox and more?
Here are the benefits of shilajit that everyone should know about this resin.
Benefits of Shilajit
1. ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
The main component of shilajit is fulvic acid which is an antioxidant and provides cognitive health by inhibiting the buildup of tau protein. Tau protein is an essential part of the nervous system, but an accumulation can lead to brain cell damage. It helps to reduce inflammation and possibly improve symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
2. IRON-DEFICIENCY ANEMIA
Shilajit is effective in the management of symptoms of iron deficiency anemia such as fatigue, weakness, irregular heartbeat, headache, cold feet, and hands. Iron deficiency anemia occurs due to low iron diet, anemia, or an incapability to receive iron. So, Shilajit increases iron levels in the body.
3. IMPROVES HEART HEALTH
Shilajit improves blood flow in the heart and helps it to pumps blood in a more healthy way. It promotes heart health by maintaining healthy blood pressure during stress.
4. IMPROVE SEXUAL PERFORMANCE
Shilajit acts wonders to improve male sexual function and has been used for hundreds of years to boost libido and sexual performance naturally.
5. PROMOTES TESTOSTERONE LEVEL
Regular use of shilajit increases testosterone levels. The increased levels of testosterone in a man's body shield muscle tissue and reduce body fat. This helps in maintaining a better mood and improves thinking ability.
6. AS AN ANTI-STRESS
For those who have depression, zinc levels are likely to go down. Shilajit contains a lot of natural zinc, which is also needed for more than 300 enzymes in the body.
7. AS AN ANTI-AGING
Shilajit possesses antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. It also acts against free radicals and prevents cellular damage. As a result, daily use of shilajit provides longevity, slows down the aging process and overall health benefits.
8. AS AN ENERGIZER
Shilajit works by increasing the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the body's energy supply. This energy supply is produced by mitochondria as they transform food into ATP or energy.
9. IMPROVES MEMORY FUNCTIONING
The intake of Shilajit is beneficial to improve memory as it carries fulvic acid which promotes and improves brain health and memory function. It also increases testosterone hormone. Increased testosterone levels play an important role in your way of thinking.
10. BRAIN DETOXIFIER
Shilajit acts as a brain detoxifier. It helps transport oxygen, nutrients, and minerals to the brain tissue and promotes the brain's natural powers to remove potentially harmful proteins (accumulation of tau-protein).
11. ENHANCES PERFORMANCE AND PLEASURE
Shilajit enhances performance and reduces anxiety when under stress. It was also shown to increase the secretion of pleasure hormones such as dopamine.
12. MANAGES BLOOD SUGAR
Shilajit supports the regeneration of pancreas cells. It helps in promoting healthy glucose level and keeps diabetes under control.
13. PROVIDE MINERALS
Shilajit has many trace minerals, each has its own benefits like fulvic and humic acids which are very beneficial.
14. HEALTHY INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE
Shilajit is effective in helping our body respond to a healthy inflammatory response. This enables Shilajit to repair tissue damage and thus speed up healing.
Shilajit is a safe and effective herb for male infertility. It increases sperm count and sperm motility.
The minerals present in Shilajit help in boosting the immune system of the human body along with chemotherapy and other complications associated with cancer.
17. IN ALLERGIC CONDITIONS
Shilajit is the best herb to deal with allergies. It stabilizes mast cells in the human body and regulates the histamine discharge, which helps provide comfort from allergic conditions.
18. ULCERATIVE CONDITIONS
Shilajit also helps in managing the Ulcerative conditions by forming a layer of mucus that shields the GIT walls from acid.
Dr. Meenakshi Chauhan
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