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Shilajit

Shilajit, also known as mumijo, is a powder which is blackish-brown in colour but also presents as an exudate (a fluid emitted by an organism through pores or a wound).

What is Shilajit?

Shilajit forms naturally through the gradual decomposition of plants and is found on the high mountain rocks of the Himalayas, Russia and northern Chile. It is commonly used in the Ayurvedic tradition of medicine which originated in India. Shilajit is high in fulvic acid which is known to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant and neuro-protective properties.

What does Shilajit do?

In Ayuverdic medicine, Shilajit is considered a rejuvenator of the entire body. It has always been a frequent source for prescription by practitioners to revitalise the body and boost energy. Shilajit stimulates mitochondria function within the cells. Mitochondria are the power source of the cellular structure, converting oxygen and nutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the substance that powers body cells. The heightened production of ATP helps maximise energy and stamina, making Shilajit useful for improving athletic performance and countering the effects of chronic fatigue. 

The brain is also a beneficiary to shilajit consumption. Research has discovered that brain cells are targeted for protection by shilajit, particularly in those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. It positively impacts blood-brain permeability, intracranial pressure and brain edema which are all indicative factors resulting in death following brain injuries.

The heart and blood are known to be advantaged from shilajit intake. The antioxidant properties of shilajit protect the heart against damage from drug-induced injuries and the high presence of iron in the herb make it an effective treatment to anaemia.

Shilajit is a regulator of hormone production and the immune system. It helps boost the testosterone levels in the blood and encourages the production of sperm, making it a useful supplement to fight infertility. It’s also found to have antiviral properties, offering assistance to the immune system. Research has found that shilajit has prominent antiviral activity against Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus and a number of herpes related viruses.

Fighting inflammation is another health benefit to shilajit. It is known to be an effective agent in preventing and healing gastric ulcers and associated inflammation. It is likely that the presence of fulvic acid in the compound is the source of its anti-inflammatory properties as it is also known to fight inflammation in the bowel and digestive tract.

Further research has given shilajit the association with reducing pain levels, supporting the health of the skeletal system and being a source for anti-aging, given the wide ranging positive impacts it has across various systems within the body.

Positive Effects

  • Rejuvenates the body
  • Improves brain function following a brain injury
  • High in iron and other anti-oxidants
  • Hormone regulator
  • Fights inflammation

Side Effects

Could include

  • Rash
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Dizziness

Shilajit in the Media

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Shilajit : An Immunity Booster (Mar 2020)

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Amidst the turmoil created by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ayuervic medicine experts have listed shilajit as one of many important medicinal herbs or compounds that are imperative to maintaining a strong and healthy immune system.

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Shilajit Based Cosmetics (Oct 2019)

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Shilajit Biotech, a Taiwanese Cosmetics company, has introduced a range of products to the Hong Kong and Taiwan market. These creams, cleansers and oils all feature shilajit as a primary ingredient. Focussing on the rejuvenation properties of the product, they’re confident of a rapid expansion of sales and a broadening into other market places.

Shilajit Research Studies

2012
Stimulating Energy Systems

Multiple studies have found fulvic acid, a primary component of shilajit, to be an effective stimulator of the mitochondria within cells.

Results

This has a profound impact on chronic fatigue syndrome, offering a solution to reducing its symptoms of immobility and anxiety as well as improving physical performance in healthy individuals.

2012
Aiding the Injured Brain 

This research into traumatic brain injuries has identified shilajit as being able to improve the neurological outcomes of victims.

Results

Intracranial pressure was found to be reduced, brain water levels were also reduced and blood brain barrier permeability is less compromised.

1996
Testosterone Booster

Shilajit studies have shown positive results to boosting testosterone levels in healthy subjects.

Results:

Total testosterone, free testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone were all increased in subjects aged 45-55 years taking the purified shilajit as opposed to the placebo subjects

1996
Improved Sperm Counts

Oligospermic (low sperm count) patients were given shilajit in this experiment to discover its effects on fertility. The shilajit subjects were given 100mg, twice a day for 90 days.

Results:

They recorded improvements to total sperm count, motility and normal sperm count. Further to this, serum testosterone and follicle stimulating hormone were significantly increased as well.

1996
Anti-Inflammatory

Shilajit research has been conducted on its anti-inflammatory effects.

Results:

It was found that shilajit decreases the gastric ulcer index whilst increasing the carbohydrate/protein ratio and mucus barrier. They also have significant anti-inflammatory effects on oedemas, granulomas and instances of arthritis.

Shilajit Anecdotal Claims

Shilajit users offer glowing praise of its benefits

Source: trustpilot.com
Date: 21/06/19

Original LHB claims acute and profound focusing and energising effects to their shilajit product. They have noticed an improvement in their sleep cycle.

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Dates: 04/12/15; 26/07/17

Bob Hermer states that his energy levels throughout the day have a growing flow or internal coalescence to them which has positively impacted his demeanour. He would highly recommend trying shilajit to boost your energy and recommends morning consumption to dissuade a delay to sleep

 

Jeremy Meeks has found that his mood, energy levels and his libido have all been greatly elevated through shilajit supplementation. He mentions that it makes him feel like he is 16 years old again

Legal Status in Australia

Shilajit is a naturally occuring product that is readily available to purchase in Australia

Where to buy Shilajit

Shilajit can be purchased from multiple online suppliers.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for research purposes ONLY and is not an endorsement or recommendation of any kind. We have no affiliation with any of the below options unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Superfoods Australia offers shilajit in resin oil, tincture and powder form

Price

Various

Natural Shilajit is selling shilajit as a resin and as a honey product mixed with shilajit. It offers discounts and bundle options.

Price

Various

Pure Himalayan Shilajit has multiple shilajit products for sale from powder to resin to solid form

Price

Various

Shilajit Dosage and Usage

300 to 500 mg per day is the recommended dose of shilajit. Dosages should be limited if there is any difficulty sleeping detected.

Women can sometimes benefit from a reduced dose. A woman of average height and weight should notice similar benefits from a 200mg daily dose.

Shilajit can be easily dissolved with other liquids and can be consumed one to three times a day where dosing is appropriate.

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