April 14, 2019 6 min read

Thank you for taking the time to learn about Shilajit. I am super excited to share this information with you as this compound has changed my life and I am sure it could change yours too! Shilajit is truly like no other supplement. Who thought that so many health and performance benefits can be extracted from a sticky black tar-like resin crapped out by mother Earth?

Shilajit is truly like no other, as you will see from my 5 top points below, but some quick background information before delving in, or you can just ignore this and skip right to the meat of the blog, which you’ll probably do anyway.

Shilajit is extracted from the high-altitude Himalayan Mountains and contains various ‘goodies’ which have proven studies relating to the extraordinary medicinal benefits it has for humans [1].

The chemical composition of this sticky black substance is still being researched, however many have concluded that it is jam-packed with various organic and non-organic matter such as fulvic acid, various organic acids/substances, Dibenzo-α-pyrones (DBPs), over 84 minerals and vitamins acting as nature’s true multi-vitamin![2,3].

Another interesting fact about Shilajit is its ability to synergise with other supplements to further enhance its effects. CoEnzyme Q10 or CoQ10 is one example, a free radical scavenger present in all tissues and membranes in the human body with a prime responsibility in aiding ATP production. It has been demonstrated in many studies that CoQ10 + Shilajit significantly improved ATP production in all cells of the body [4-8].

Having fun? Well we’re about to crank up the intensity in here and present the top 5 reasons Shilajit could potentially change your life:

1. Supercharging Cellular Energy

One of Shilajit’s more common uses is its ability to boost our cellular energy production naturally. Due to Shilajit having a large array of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and other compounds, it has the ability to boost our mitochondrial efficiency in creating more ATP, the energy currency our body uses. What’s in it for you? Well the more ATP our body creates the more energy our bodies have to improve athletic performance and fight-off fatigue[9,10].

2. Hormone Balancer and Immune Protector

Shilajit has the ability to help trigger critical hormone and immune system actions. It has been supported through a study that Shilajit acts as a compound to balance all systems in the body for peak performance[12].

For all the males reading this, Shilajit has also been shown to improve fertility functions such as increasing free testosterone and increasing sperm count. When tested in pilot studies involving rats, it was also associated with ovulation in adult female rats, indicating that shilajit powder or resin may be an agent to consider for those struggling with infertility [13-14].

3. Nutrient Absorber

If you think taking Shilajit by itself is already amazing, wait till you hear this. The high fulvic acid content in Shilajit acts to increase nutrient absorption from your fruits and vegetables you consume[15]. Without fulvic acid, you could be only adsorbing a fraction of nutrients from your food. Taking Shilajit daily can combat this and bring the life back into your daily diet.

4. Powerful Antioxidant

You know that feeling when you begin to feel very tired, crave sugar, cannot focus and forget how to string a simple sentence together? Well this is a sign of inflammation build up in your body which is depleting your ATP energy levels. Shilajit is a very powerful antioxidant which helps your body fight off inflammation and protects your mitochondria from oxidative stress meaning you feel more energetic, focused and ready to dominate[11].

5. Improves Cognitive and Memory

My personal favourite benefit is Shilajit’s ability to act as a cognition and memory booster! Perfect for those who have busy schedules and businesses to run and need their brain and memory to run at the same pace if not 10-fold greater. As Shilajit increases nutrient and oxygen transport in the bloodstream, overtime you’ll experience an improved ability to concentrate, solve problems and remember the most mundane details during your day. This is the most exciting benefit of Shilajit! Using Shilajit, you’ll feel much healthier, happier and able to live life to the fullest if used properly of course with a balanced diet and exercise [16].


Supplementation Advice

Recommended daily dosage of Shilajit is 250 mg taken twice a day. Be sure to check the quality of the Shilajit before purchasing. Due to the nature of Shilajit being extracted from mountain residue, it contains a high level of heavy metals.

Ensure your supplier offers a purified Shilajit form and as always ask for a Certificate of Analysis (COA) to support the purification claim. If a vendor cannot present a COA, I would be a bit hesitant in purchasing as you may be putting yourself at risk of poisoning.

Shilajit is available in many different forms shown below:

Resis (Black, sticky substance)

Pro – Contains all nutrients, easier to absorb, no fillers

Cons – Strong earthy taste, does not dissolve easily

Liquid (Black sticky oil consistency)

Pro – Contains all nutrients, easier to absorb, no fillers, mix with drinks etc.

Cons – Strong earthy taste, requires special storage conditions, difficult to take and generally most expensive.

Powder (Black to brown powder substance)

Pro – No fillers, well absorbed by body, easily dissolved in water or beverages, convenient to travel, can be made into tablets or capsules.

Cons – Has a strong earthy flavour, easy to make a mess

Solid (Black rocky appearance)

Pro – Most stable form, no fillers, highly absorbed by body

Cons – Strong flavour & delayed dissolve time

 

The possibilities are endless when it come to how you can take Shilajit, however ensure that you are getting all the bio-actives which contain the health benefits.

References:

[1] Agarwal, S., Khanna, R., Karmarkar, R., Anwer, M. and Khar, R. (2007). Shilajit: a review. Phytotherapy Research, 21(5), pp.401-405.

[2] Carrasco-Gallardo, C., Guzmán, L. and Maccioni, R. (2012). Shilajit: A Natural Phytocomplex with Potential Procognitive Activity. International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 2012, pp.1-4.

[3] Bhattacharya, S. and Ghosal, S. (1992). Effect of Shilajit on rat brain monoamines. Phytotherapy Research, 6(3), pp.163-164.

[4] Stoddard, J. (2019). Shilajit Boosts CoQ10 | Life Extension. [online] LifeExtension.com. Available at: https://www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/2/Shilajit-Boosts-CoQ10-Efficiency/Page-01 [Accessed 14 Apr. 2019].

[5] Douillard, J. (2019). Supercharge and Maximize Absorption of CoQ10 with Shilajit | John Douillard's LifeSpa. [online] John Douillard's LifeSpa. Available at: https://lifespa.com/supercharge-maximize-absorption-coq10-shilajit/ [Accessed 14 Apr. 2019].

[6] Bhattacharyya, S & Pal, D & Banerjee, D & Auddy, B & Gupta, Amartya & Ganguly, P & Majumber, U.K. & Ghosal, S. (2009). Shilajit dibenzo-α-pyrones: Mitochondria targeted antioxidants. Pharmacologyonline. 2. 690-698.

[7] Bhattacharyya, S & Pal, D & Gupta, Amartya & Ganguly, P & Majumder, U.K. & Ghosal, S. (2009). Beneficial effect of processed shilajit on swimming exercise induced impaired energy status of mice. Pharmacologyonline. 1. 817-825.

[8] This Combination of CoQ10, a. and 50 Million people are now taking CoQ10. The article below describes why adding PQQ and Shilajit are so important in building new mitochondria and enhancing the absorption of the CoQ10 into your cells. It is a long article, a. (2019). Combination of CoQ10, Shilajit, and PQQ. [online]

[9] Stohs, S., 2013. Safety and Efficacy of Shilajit (Mumie, Moomiyo). Phytotherapy Research, 28(4), pp.475-479.

[10] Surapaneni, D., Adapa, S., Preeti, K., Teja, G., Veeraragavan, M. and Krishnamurthy, S., 2012. Shilajit attenuates behavioral symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome by modulating the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis and mitochondrial bioenergetics in rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 143(1), pp.91-99.

[11] Sharma, P., Jha, J., Shrinivas, V., Dwivedi, L., Suresh, P. and Sinha, M., 2003. Shilajit: evalution of its effects on blood chemistry of normal human subjects. (2), pp.114-9.

[12] Ghosal, S., 1990. Chemistry of shilajit, an immunomodulatory Ayurvedic rasayan. Pure and Applied Chemistry, 62(7), pp.1285-1288.

[13] Pandit, S., Biswas, S., Jana, U., De, R., Mukhopadhyay, S. and Biswas, T., 2015. Clinical evaluation of purified Shilajit on testosterone levels in healthy volunteers. Andrologia, 48(5), pp.570-575.

[14] Park, J., Kim, G. and Han, K., 2006. The spermatogenic and ovogenic effects of chronically administered Shilajit to rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 107(3), pp.349-353.

[15] Winkler, J. and Ghosh, S., 2018. Therapeutic Potential of Fulvic Acid in Chronic Inflammatory Diseases and Diabetes.

[16] Bhattacharya, S. and Ghosal, S., 1992. Effect of Shilajit on rat brain monoamines. Phytotherapy Research, 6(3), pp.163-164.


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