Humans need approximately 90 nutrients to maintain optimal health. Shilajit contains 84 of them — in ionic form, which means the minerals contained therein are easily assimilated by the human body. If that’s not enough, it also contains Humic and Fulvic Acid which not only increase the absorbability of nutrients but simultaneously leech out toxins and heavy metals from the cells.
Shilajit provides copious amounts of nutrition plus the means to transport these nutrients into our cells — making this a true wonder food that can, quickly correct vitamin and mineral deficiencies and restore the bodies health, strength, vitality, and hormonal equilibrium.
Heavy metals and environmental toxins are endocrine disruptors. When our endocrine system is laden down with pollutants and poisonous metal residues, our Pineal Gland is directly affected. Two of the most intensely effective and natural detoxifiers of heavy metals and environmental toxins are Humic Acid and Fulvic Acid. As Shilajit helps our body detox exocrine disruptors, it simultaneously gets to work providing us with ellagic acid (an antioxidant) nourishing fatty acids and plant sterols which have been scientifically proven to establish harmony within the endocrine system, equilibrate the hormonal system and act as a general health aid.
Detoxing heavy metals and simultaneously proving balance and harmony to our hormonal system, which controls a variety of life-sustaining functions within our body including our sleep-wake cycle, sex hormones, and consciousness — shilajit sets the stage for pineal gland decalcification and third-eye awakening.
Latin name – Asphaltum punjabianum
Nickname – Destroyer of Weakness
Common Asian names – Mumie, Moomiyo, Mummiyo
Common European name – Mineral Pitch
In its wild form, Shilajit reaches for air, pushing itself out of the spaces in between rocks — high up in the Himalayan mountains. A tar-like substance, known as a biomass, Shilajit was once thought inedible by indigenous people. However, after seeing Chimps snacking on the oozing black substance — initial apprehension was overcome by intrigue. Those who braved a bite were quickly rewarded. Bestowed upon these indigenous forerunners was an abundance of health-restoring blessings. Contained therein this dark mass of matter— incredible gifts of enhanced strength, vital energy, increased cognitive abilities and the miraculous healing of niggling health issues were revealed to humans.
To truly understand the marvel of Shilajit, it helps to know its origin and how it was formed. A thick blanket of approximately 6500 different varieties of vegetation once veiled the land of Asia. Over a time period of multiple millennia, mountain formations eventually swallowed up this luck vegetation, compressing it between the mountain rock. Succumbing to its new compacted environment, the vegetation species gelled together for protection and formed a tar-like substance that preserved all of their active compounds. Shilajit is the ancient vegetation of Asia condensed into a midnight-black biomass of Natures complexity and power.
With so many health benefits and life-giving qualities of disease protection and restoration of health, that it would be impossible to create a definitive list of health benefits. However, here are a few more common health benefits associated with one of the world most nutrient dense substances — Shilajit.
Both animal and human medical studies have proven Shilajit to be a ‘revitalizer’ and ‘restorer’ of health. Enhancing physical endurance, physical strength, immune health, eliminating fatigue, and enhancing cognitive performance, Shilajit enhances ATP production which is the fuel for every cell function within the human body.
Studies indicate that Shilajit may have a profound effect on the prevention of neurodegenerative disorders and diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Contributing to our quality of life, Shilajit also cottons compounds relevant to life expansion, by slowing the ageing process of our organs. These effects are mainly due to shilajit’s antioxidant power and ATP stimulating properties. By reducing oxidative stress on the bodies tissue (eradicating free radicals) and increasing the body’s cellular energy (ATP) our organs are able to function smoothly and efficiently — which takes the stress of our organs and contributes directly to longevity. Research also indicates shilajit’s role in cognitive performance and preservation of cognitive performance — reducing the likelihood of cognitive decline, which is usually a symptom of ageing, but is certainly not a conclusive part of ageing: cognitive decline can be prevented and there are some centenarians whom are sharp as a tack.
Anemia is a condition that results from a lack of sufficient iron in the blood. Iron is a vital component of Haemoglobin, which is the vehicle that our red blood cells use to transport oxygen around the body. When we became deficient in Iron we can develop Anemia, which results in physical fatigue and weakness and shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dizziness and headaches, and dry hair and skin. Shilajit contains easily absorbable Iron and humic acid. Two compounds which can help to correct an iron deficiency and treat anemia.
In 2012 the Journal of Ethnopharmacology study published a study with results indicating that Shilajit is capable of treating chronic fatigue syndrome at the source by stimulating the production of ATP – which is essentially the battery-pack of each human cell. Dysfunctional or suppressed function of ATP has been linked to fatigue based disorders such as ME and CFS.
Studies have shown that Shilajit has the ability to be a double danger to cancerous liver cells by being to not only stop the cancer cells from proliferating but also directly destroying them. The researchers acknowledged that shilajit has shown anti-cancer properties but although results are promising, more research is needed before Shilajit can be touted as a natural therapy for liver cancer and other types of cancer.
Male fertility and testosterone production
Shilajit has been shown to increase male fertility. One study of 60 infertile male participants, were instructed to consume a controlled intake of shilajit for a 90 day time period. After 90 days, just under half of the participants had shown an increase in total their sperm count — how much sperm they were producing – and motility of sperm, meaning how well the sperm could move towards an egg, both of which are key factors in the measurement of male fertility. Shilajit was also shown to significantly increase the production of testosterone in male test subjects after a 90 day controlled test-period. Further study needs to be conducted, however, results show that Shilajit has some very beneficial properties that contribute towards men’s health.