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Himalayan Shilajit

Updated: Jan 7, 2023



Many people are turning towards natural and herbal remedies to manage their health conditions. Thankfully, mother earth is full of many Ayurvedic ingredients that are good for our health and wellness. One such ingredient is Shilajit from the rocks of the Himalayas. It has been used for years in overall health care. Some people refer to it as the Elixir of life because of its plethora of health benefits. Today, we talk about everything you should know about this magical black herb. Let’s get started.


What Is Himalayan Shilajit?


Shilajit is a sticky black tar-like substance that comes from Himalayan rocks in the mountain regions during the summer as the temperature inside the rock is raised. It is formed when plants slowly decompose over centuries. However, Shilajit is not a rock but a mixture of plants, micro-organisms, and humic substances.


It is also called mineral pitch. Although the ingredient was sourced in India and Tibet, nowadays, it is found in many different countries. Shilajit has various bioactive elements that are beneficial to our health. Some of the ingredients include;


· Fulvic acid

· Humic acid

· More than 84 mineral types, including essential minerals like magnesium, iron, etc.

· Peptides and amino acids

· Some lipids

· Plant and microbial metabolites

· Phenolic glycosides


What Are the Traditional Uses of Shilajit?


Shilajit has been used for a long time to:


· Prevent ulcers

· Reduce inflammation

· Manage anxiety

· Regulate the immune system

· Stabilize diabetes

· Enhance memory

· Relieve pain

· Fight infections


Current Studies about Shilajit


Not much research has been conducted on Shilajit and its health benefits. And most of the available evidence is anecdotal. However, the present studies prove that this ingredient is beneficial to our health. Some of Shilajit health benefits include;


1. May Help Treat Alzheimer’s Disease


Shilajit can be used in treating Alzheimer’s disease that causes memory loss, thinking and behavior disorders. Recent research concluded that fulvic acid can block tau tangles (proteins that hinder nutrients from passing) hence prevent Alzheimer’s disease.


2. Treating Trace Mineral Deficiency


Trace minerals like phosphorous, copper, and magnesium are used by mitochondria cells in ATP production to generate energy for our bodies. When you lack these minerals, you can easily feel weak and fatigued. But according to a 2013 study, Shilajit is an effective energy booster as it contains many trace minerals.


3. Treating Anemia


Anemia occurs when a person has fewer red blood cells. Thankfully, Shilajit has copper and iron, which are essential minerals that make up our red blood cells. So if you are suffering from iron deficiency anemia, this ingredient can be helpful. One study conducted in 2012 found out that Shilajit can help manage several disorders like iron deficiency anemia.


4. Healing of Wounds, Burns, and Bruises


Redness and swelling are the body’s immune response to wounding. Shilajit has many amino acids that help promote a healthy immune system and the growth of new cells. It also contains essential minerals like magnesium and copper that we need for skin repair.


5. Kill and Fight Different Viruses


Shilajit contains antiviral properties. A study concluded that this ingredient can kill different viruses like herpes viruses in isolated environments. However, more research needs to be conducted on this.


How to Use Shilajit


Shilajit is sold as a supplement or powder. You can dissolve it in warm milk, non-chlorinated water, or tea. How many times you drink depends on the instructions on the package. But generally, you shouldn’t take more than 1g/day. Beginners should start with a rice grain dosage and gradually increase as they observe their body’s reaction. Also, please talk to a doctor first before taking this supplement.


Shilajit Side Effects


Research claims that shilajit is a safe dietary supplement for long-term use. However, it may lower your blood pressure, which is dangerous for those taking a high blood pressure medication. Please avoid this supplement if you have heart disease or you’ve suffered from hypotension.


Also, since FDA does not monitor supplements, ensure that you buy from reputable vendors. Note that low-quality shilajit may have heavy metals and free radicals, so choose from a good sourced supplier.



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jen.lively
Jan 07, 2023

Wish I could take shilajit. So many benefits.

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