What is shilajit?
Shilajit, sometimes called "mineral pitch", or in northern India Salajit of mummiyo, is a sticky, tar-like substance found mainly in the rocks of the Himalayas, Tibetan and Altai Mountains, as well as northern Chile, where it is called “Andean-Shilajit”. It is formed as a result of the slow decomposition of plant material over a long period of time.
Shilajit has been used in the ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicinal system for decades. It is used to treat numerous conditions such as impotence and bone fractures. In Ayurveda it is believed that diseases are caused by a disturbance of the balance between body, mind, spirit and the environment. In general, the aim of Ayurvedic medicine is to cleanse the mind, body and soul. This can be achieved through herbal internal cleansing remedies along with various lifestyle changes, including dietary changes and involvement in physical activities. In the United States, Ayurveda is considered CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine).
Composition of Shilajit
Shilajit is composed of humic substances, which are naturally occurring organic compounds formed as a result of the decomposition of organic plant matter. However, fulvic acid (FA) makes up most of its contents. This actually makes Shilajit water soluble as Fulvic Acid is soluble in water under different pH conditions.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the antioxidant activity of Fulvic Acid. In fact, it is this antioxidant activity of Fulvic Acid that is believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits of Shilajit. In 2018, “Winkler and Ghost” published a review on the therapeutic potential of Fulvic Acid. They were able to convincingly review the existing literature and further confirm the antioxidant potential of Fulvic Acid. They reported that Fulvic Acid has the ability to sequester superoxide free radicals in our body. In case you didn't know, these free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage our body cells, causing disease and aging.
In addition to Fulvic Acid, this nutraceutical compound contains selenium, an essential trace element that is present in significant amounts. Selenium is involved in immune system function, enhanced cognition and improved fertility. Selenium deficiency can lead to infertility in men and women, fatigue, a weakened immune system, hair loss, mental fog and muscle weakness.
Other components of Shilajit include various minerals, plant and microbial metabolites, lipids, small peptides and amino acids, and phenolic glycosides.
The best forms of Shilajit
Shilajit comes in different forms depending on the geographic location. The best quality is believed to come from the Altai and Himalaya regions. The mountains in these regions are impressively high and located at a very high altitude. Shilajit is collected at elevations as high as 580 meters (1900 ft). It is believed that these substances collected at high altitudes are purer and more effective for therapeutic uses than substances collected at lower altitudes.
Apart from the fact that Shilajit are collected at high altitudes in the Altai and Himalayas, the Altai and Himalayas are known for their rich cultural history in using Shilajit for medicinal applications. Particularly in the Himalayas, Shilajit has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.
Interestingly, Shilajit can also be found in other high mountain regions of the world. There are reports of this compound in some parts of Europe, South Africa, Afghanistan, Chile and Australia. However, Shilajit from these parts of the world is not as readily available as those from the Altai and Himalayan region. Apart from a few locals who use them, there are also not as many traditional uses as those from the latter regions.
As unfortunate as it may sound, in Europe and America many manufacturers market Shilajit that has not undergone any purification or quality control. Many Shilajit on the market are of low quality, diluted or even chemically altered. It often happens that they are supplemented with harmful fillers and substances similar to them, such as Ozokerite. Some products labeled "Shilajit" don't even contain any Shilajit at all. In America, it is speculated that only 1% of items labeled Shilajit are actually the real commodity. As expected, counterfeits of this highly therapeutic substance exist, not only because of its rarity, but also because of its extensive medicinal uses in Ayurveda. It is the best-selling male virility supplement in Asia.
Research into the effect of Shilajit
As we have seen before, Shilajit is known all over the world for its healing properties. Its use dates back to the ancient Indian Ayurvedic system, several thousand years ago. Today, most of the benefits to the human body are scientifically substantiated. The days of anecdotal claims are over. In the following paragraphs, we will take a look at the beneficial effects of Shilajit that have been researched and proven by scientific publications.
- Alzheimer's disease
This is a progressive neurological disorder that causes the human brain to shrink in size and eventually cause the cells to die. It is the most common cause of dementia - a condition characterized by a continuous decline in cognitive, social and behavioral skills. Alzheimer's disease is caused by an abnormal buildup of proteins such as amyloid and tau in the brain cells.
Interestingly, research has shown that Shilajit may have a beneficial effect on slowing the accumulation of tau proteins in the brain, which is the main cause of Alzheimer's disease. In 2012, a study was published in the International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. The study evaluated the property of Shilajit in improving cognitive impairment by serving as a cognitive stimulant in humans. It explicitly described how fulvic acid (the main moist component of Shilajit) can work to prevent tau protein aggregation, the build-up of which is responsible for the loss of brain cells.
While there is some evidence that Shilajit may slow Alzheimer's disease, more research is needed as the scientific evidence for this property is still very limited.
In 2018, bladder cancer was the sixth most common cause of cancer in men and XNUMXth in women in the world. Shilajit is claimed by many to have great antioxidant properties.
In a specific study conducted as late as 2021, Shilajit showed promising results when tested against cancer cells of the bladder. It was shown to act selectively to cause the apoptosis or death of bladder cancer cells.
Chronic Inflammatory Diseases and Diabetes
Chronic inflammatory diseases such as diabetes are becoming more common. According to DiabetesAtlas someone dies from diabetes every five seconds. That's a really scary statement! Essentially, this means that existing treatment methods are actually not very effective and new therapeutic measures need to be taken to combat this threat. This prompted some researchers to conduct a scientific study into possible alternative methods of treating the disease, which was published in the Journal of Diabetes Research.
The researchers made serious evidence-based recommendations for the use of natural health products such as Fulvic Acid to effectively fight inflammation and diabetes. Fulvic acid, the main component of Shilajit, is able to regulate the immune system, influence the oxidative state of cells and improve overall gastrointestinal function. These are all shortcomings of diabetes.
The study also reiterated that such products already have established traditional medicinal uses and thus would only need further scientific research to confirm their anecdotal claims.
Infertility and Testosterone
Infertility affects countless people worldwide in their childbearing years. According to CDC Infertility is defined as being unable to conceive a baby after about a year (or longer) of unprotected sex. Low sperm count and poor motility are the main causes of infertility in men. In a study published in the First International Journal of Andrology, Shilajit extract was tested by oral administration on 60 patients experiencing infertility for 90 days. At the end of the experiment, 28 patients who completed the treatment showed improvement in sperm production, total sperm count and motility.
Another clinical study, conducted on individuals between the ages of 45-55, further proved Shilajit's ability to improve general sexual function. Subjects administered Shilajit twice daily for 90 consecutive days showed increased total testosterone, free testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEAS) compared to a placebo drug.
In men, testosterone regulates sex drive (libido), improves bone mass, muscle mass and strength, and regulates sperm production. Without a doubt, these studies support the Ayurvedic application of Shilajit to increase sperm count and fight infertility.
In general, fatigue occurs when our body cells do not produce enough energy. In Ayurveda, Shilajit is seen as a compound with intense rejuvenating properties, which can provide the body cells with revitalizing energy in no time. Scientific research has shown that the fulvic acid present in Shilajit can improve physical performance and relieve fatigue by increasing the mitochondria's ability to produce energy. However, it is worth noting that this research was conducted on laboratory animals. Further clinical research may be needed to validate the claims.
Here too, the main component of Shilajit, fulvic acid, is responsible. As a strong antioxidant, fulvic acid can fight free radicals present in our body, protecting against cell damage and significantly slowing down the aging process.
Similar to the bladder, Shilajit has been shown to inhibit the growth of liver cancer cells by inducing apoptosis (cell death) and inhibiting proliferation. However, more research needs to be done to demonstrate even more anti-cancer properties of this compound.
Shilajit was found to have cardio-protective properties in a study conducted in laboratory animals. However, this study was only conducted on laboratory animals. It remains without any clinical evidence.
It is pertinent to keep in mind that Shilajit can lower blood pressure in some cases. Caution is advised not to allow it to be taken by someone with active heart disease.
As we have seen before, Shilajit helps in increasing the overall testosterone level in the human body which is actively involved in building muscle mass and strength. The fulvic acid component of Shilajit is very beneficial for bodybuilders as it contains a high oxygen content, which helps to reduce muscle soreness and breathlessness during an exercise routine. The same fulvic acid facilitates the absorption of minerals and other nutrients in the body, which is an essential aspect for bodybuilders as they should feel energized and less fatigued all the time. For best results.
Side Effects of Shilajit
As good as this compound may be, consuming unregulated and unprocessed amounts can be harmful to our health. Raw, unprocessed Shilajit can contain some heavy metal ions, free radicals and other pollutants that can make us sick
Shilajit is not monitored for purity and quality by the United States Food and Drug Administration. This is an important reason why there are currently many counterfeit products on the European and American market. It is therefore recommended that you obtain Shilajit from a reliable supplier that manufactures or sells good quality, pollution-free supplements. Whether you buy the product online or in a store, make sure you buy the right product. As mentioned before, Altai and Himalayan Shilajit are the best shapes you can get on the market. This is due to the unique fact that it originates from significantly greater heights.
Due to the scarcity of data in research guides, little is known about the side effects of short-term and long-term use of Shilajit. However, there are some potential issues worth mentioning:
- Shilajit can significantly increase the iron levels in our blood. People with high iron levels in the blood should therefore stay away from this nutrient.
- Pregnant mothers, nursing mothers and children should not take Shilajit in any form due to lack of scientific evidence.
- Since Shilajit can significantly lower blood sugar levels, patients with diabetes are advised to monitor their blood sugar levels at all times.
Where can you buy Shilajit?
There are several providers of Shilajit. Because Shilajit is a rare product and only provides good quality above 1500 meters in the Himalayas, there are a number of important points that you should pay attention to when buying from a supplier. Bee Apex Nutrition you are assured of pure Himalayan Shilajit Resin with 70 percent 'Fulvic Acid' (the active ingredient). On the page quality guarantee you will find our test results of the Shilajit which is dirt-free. All our tests are performed by an independent lab.
On our product page of Shilajit you immediately see that with one jar you have 100 days of stock!
Below are the main points to consider when buying Shilajit:
Do not buy capsules
Capsules are processed and never have a high quality. During the processing process, important minerals are lost and the percentage of 'Fulvic Acid' is reduced.
Only buy from a trusted beer
Because Shilajit is rare, difficult to harvest, expensive and only available in high quality in a certain area, there are many counterfeits on the market. Always buy from a party that has their products tested in an independent lab and publishes these test results on their website.
Buy Pure Himalayan Shilajit Resin
Shilajit comes in various forms. Shilajit Resin in the Himalayas is the purest form you can buy. The active ingredient Fulvic Acid has the highest attainable percentage here of 60 to 70 percent.
How fast does Shilajit work?
We recommend taking 250mg to 500mg Shilajit daily. If you take 250mg to 500mg Shilajit daily, you can notice the first effects within two weeks, such as:
- More energy.
- Cognitive improvements.
- Improved recovery from sports.
- An improved mood.
How do you use Shilajit?
Shilajit has a distinct taste. Personally, I do not find the taste of Shilajit unpleasant. You can melt Shilajit in a pea-sized ball under the tongue. A pea-sized ball of shilajit is about 250mg.
However, there are people who experience the taste of Shilajit as dirty. That's why we've posted a video with a user guide below.
Shilajit User Manual
Shilajit is a sticky tar-like compound formed as a result of prolonged breakdown of plant material. Shilajit, which is mainly found in mountainous regions, consists mainly of fulvic acid and some trace elements. It is a compound with an extensive history of use in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, dating back hundreds of centuries.
Scientifically proven to slow Alzheimer's disease, improve cognitive function, fight liver and bladder cancer, reduce fatigue, treat infertility, fight inflammatory conditions and increase natural testosterone production.