We are sure that you have been quite familiar with the name of Shilajit by now as it has been the go-to medication by doctors to heal any chronic diseases. However, did you know that Shilajit was extensively used in ayurvedic medicines?
Surprising right? Famed for its extensive healing and therapeutic properties, Shilajit was claimed as the destroyer of weakness by the ancient ayurvedic practitioners. It has substantial health benefits lined up on its sleeve and we should learn more about this miraculous substance in detail.
What is Shilajit?
Shilajit is a blackish-brownish resin-rich In minerals that comes from layers of rocks in several mountain ranges throughout the world. It is therefore known as mineral pitch and formed as a result of long processes of breaking down plant matter and minerals.
It was originally sourced from Tibet and India and was considerably used in Ayurvedic practices. However, the beneficiary therapeutic and medicinal properties have made Shilajit now popular all over the world.
There are generally four types of Shilajit differentiated depending upon the rock from which it has been exuded, the geological nature of rock and the overall environment surrounding it.
- Rocks containing Gold or “Charaka Samhita Shilajit”
- Rocks containing silver or “Rajat Shilajit”
- Rocks containing copper or “Tamra Shilajit”
- Rocks containing iron or “Lauha Shilajit”
Benefits of Shilajit
Shilajit is famed worldwide for its therapeutic properties against treating male infertility and increasing sexual prowess, however, having broadly used in Ayurvedic medicines, Shilajit can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions ranging from bone fracture to nervous disorders.
Some of the uses of shilajit are:
- Improves brain function
According to research conducted upon Shilajit, it has been found that it can effectively treat diseases like Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is brain ailment that disrupts the normal functions of the brain like memory, behaviour and thinking.
Powerful antioxidants known as the fulvic acid present in Shilajit contribute to the cognitive health of the body by preventing the formation of Tau proteins. Tau proteins play a very important role in the nervous system, however, building up of this protein can cause nervous disorders.
Fulvic acid reduces the abnormal buildup of tau proteins in the body and curtails inflammation thus improving the Alzheimer’s condition in the brain.
- Improving male fertility
One of the biggest usages of Shilajit is to treat male impotence. Shilajit can effectively increase the testosterone levels in a man.
Testosterone is the primary sex hormone of male, however, it has been seen that some male have lower levels of testosterone as compared to others which lead to lower sex drive, increase in fatigue and body fat.
Research has shown that in a study when men daily consumed Shilajit twice a day, it has visibly increased the testosterone levels in them. Increased motility of sperm and sperm count were also observed in them.
- Fighting against chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a mitochondrial dysfunction ailment. This condition occurs when the mitochondria are not able to produce enough energy for the sustenance of the body which leads to extreme tiredness or fatigue. Continuing simple everyday activities can also prove to be very difficult if you suffer from Chronic fatigue syndrome.
Consuming Shilajit every day can help you to prevent mitochondrial dysfunction, improve the cell function of the body, reduce fatigue and increase the energy levels of the body naturally.
- Reduces the level of ageing
Abundant with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, Shilajit protects the body against free radicals and cellular damage.
Fulvic acid present in Shilajit prevents the signs of ageing from appearing.
Regular use of Shilajit has proven to repair cell damage and limit the deterioration of the skin. It increases the longevity of the cell, slower the ageing process and improves the overall health of the body.
- Maintains cardiac health
It has been found that Shilajit protects the heart and improves cardiac health. People who consume Shilajit are less likely to be prone to cardiac injuries and less damage occurs to their heart vessels. It regulates the proper functioning of the heart.
It has also been noted that Shilajit can reduce blood pressure and should not be taken by someone who has an active heart condition.
- Reduces weight
Shilajit can not only provide abundant health benefits for our body but can also be effectively used to reduce weight.
Having excess body weight can cause several chronic diseases in the body and can also tire the muscles and put stress on the bones. Consuming Shilajit every day can help you to achieve your desired weight.
Shilajit activates the gene that helps your skeletal muscles to get quickly adapted to new work out that you might have been trying out to reduce your body fat. It reduces fatigue and increases strength and stamina over time.
- Altitude sickness
Altitude sickness can pose a serious threat if you are a person who loves to travel. However, fret not, shilajit has got you covered.
The varied composition of Shilajit containing fulvic acid and more than 84 minerals helps you to fight against altitude sickness. It improves cognitive health, reduces muscle inflammation, boosts the immune system and energy levels which helps lower the risk of altitude sickness in the long run.
Side effects of Shilajit
Although Shilajit provides umpteen health benefits for the body, however, there have been quite a several side effects reported against it.
- Excess consumption can lead to serious complications in the body which are:
- Burning sensation in the feet
- Excessive heat throughout the body
- Increase in urination
- Formation of hives and rashes on the body
- Increased heart rate.
- People suffering from sickle cell anaemia, hemochromatosis, thalassemia and low blood pressure should stay away from Shilajit as it leads to further worsening of the situation.
- Raw Shilajit contains heavy metal ions, free radicals, fungus and other contaminants which upon consumption can make the body sick.
How to consume Shilajit?
Shilajit is found in powdered and supplements form that can be dissolved in water or milk. Consume according to the instructions written on the package or you can dissolve a pea-sized portion in the liquid and drink it two times a day. The recommended dosage is 300-500 milligrams a day but is always advisable to consult a doctor for proper guidelines.
Shilajit has abundant health benefits and with proper precautions and care, we can reap all the advantages out of it. However, before including Shilajit in your daily diet, it is absolutely necessary to consult a doctor for proper guidelines and guidance.