SHILAJIT: ANOTHER LIFE-GIVING WONDER FROM NATURE!
Shilajit literally means “winner of Rocks”. It is also interpreted as the “Destroyer of Weakness and the Builder of Strength” . Shilajit, the miracle of the Himalayas, is found in the pristine mountains of Nepal. In the summer months baking under the hot sun, the mineral pitch oozes from cracks and fissures of the rocky landscape as Shilajit.
Shilajit has been used for over 2000yrs, to treat a variety of diseases in Ayurveda. In Charaka(200 BC) and Susruta Samhita (200 AD)2. It has been described as a panacea as well as RASAYANA (rejuvenative) which can cure all ailments and prolongs the life18.
Recent studies have revealed Shilazit is naturally adorned with several medicinal properties. The natural elixir has an adaptogenic property which increases the cells ability to absorb nutrients including many important trace elements. Moreover, it is proved to be as an antioxidant which counteracts free radicals. Similarly, It has many beneficial effects in human systems and helps to maintain the homeostasis of the body.Chemical constituents
Non humic substancs or Low molecular weight organic compounds – Dibenzo-alpha pyrones 0.4-1% (w/w), phospholipids, triterpenes and phenolic acids
Humic Substances: humic acid, fulvic acid 3-5%
Minerals or trace elements – silica, iron, antimony, calcium, copper, lithium, magnesium, manganese, molybedenum, phosphorous, silica, sodium, strontium, zinc, etc.
Shilajit contains humic and non-humic substances as its bioactive organic compounds. A study done by S. Goshal shows that humic substances is responsible for the major organic mass (80-85%) of shilajit. Humic substances (HS) are complex mixtures formed during decay of latex and resin bearing plant . HS are generically classified into fulvic and humic acid fractions according to their solubility properties. Humic (HA) and fulvic acids (FA) are metal-organic complexes of soil humus, which contain nitrogen, oxygen and sulphur as heteroelements in their molecules. The medicinal properties of Shilajit are ascribable to non humic substance (oxygenated di-benzo-alpha pyrones), humic substance (fulvic acids), and necessary minerals.
IN OTHER WORDS, SHILAJIT CONTAINS THE NECESSARY COMPONENTS, AND MINERALS WHICH PROMOTE LIFE IN ALL NATURAL LIVING SUBSTANCES! WITHOUT NECESSARY MINERALS, THE VITAMINS WE PUT INTO OUR BODIES, CANNOT BE PROPERLY ASSIMILATED. MINERAL DEFICENCY IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF THE PREVENATABLE DISEASES, SO PREVALENT IN AMERICAN SOCIETY.
Properties: Aphrodisiac, Anti-ulcerogenic, Adaptogenic. Immunomodulator, Antioxidant, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antiallergic, Nutritive Tonic, Hypoglycemic, Cognition Enhancer, Anxiolytic. Diuretic
Peptic ulcer is the disease of Gastro-intestinal tract. Inner lining of Stomach or duodenum ulcerates most commonly by H pylori infection and NSAIDs that responsible for acid-pepsin imbalance in stomach. The most active component of Shilajit, Fluvic acid, has ulcer protective effect as it increases the mucous barrier which prevents the acid and pepsin to diffuse back to mucosal lining of stomach and decreases acid-pepsin secretion.9
Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
DM II is characterized increased blood sugar level by the combination of peripheral insulin resistance and inadequate insulin secretion by pancreatic beta cells. Shilajit plays a significant role in reduction of blood glucose level10. Gupta et al suggested that long-term treatment with shilajit increases the number of B-cells of pancreas11. Moreover, Shilajit prevents Diabetes by the regulation of Th1 and Th2 cell activity. T helper cells are a sub-group of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, that play an important role in establishing and maximizing the capabilities of the immune system.12
Shilajit is the best natural aphrodisiac. It has the capacity to increase sexual power in men. In Ayurveda, Shilajit is prescribed as a medicine for common sexual problems like loss of libido, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. Shilajit has the spermatogenic effect which triggers the production of sperm cells and corrects the oligospermia13. It tones the reproductive organs in both men, and women. It is very beneficial in the sexual dysfunctions of women.
Shilajit has both analgesic and anit-inflammatory properties. It works effectively to lower down the painful conditions and inflammation in Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis and other joint related diseases.14 The antioxidant and immunomodulater properties boost the immune system and help to correct the autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis. In bone and muscle injuries, shilajit reduces the inflammation, bolsters healing process and shortens the recovery period.
General debility and malnutrition: Shilajit has beneficial effects in enhancing vigor and vitality. The active constituent, Fulvic acid acts as carrier molecule to the bioactive substances during their systemic transport.4,6 Moreover, the trace elements like iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and zinc contribute to the body for a healthful condition. In general, shilajit helps to correct the general debility accelerating the processes of protein and nucleic acid metabolism and stimulating energy providing reactions by proper utilization of food. It is also added up with immunomodulator property which engulfs the foreign invaders and helps to get rid of chronic gastrointestinal diseases and their bad consequence, malnutrition. Even taking it in disease free condition, replenishing the body with lost energy, minerals and vitamins, shilajit, the miraculous gift of nature, rejuvenates the body and helps to prolong life.
Shilajit acts as a neurotripic (concentration and memory enhancer) substantially increasing the neurochemicals like Dopamine and Acetylcholine. Attributable effects of dopamine are enhancement of attention, alertness, and antioxidant activity and responsible for short term memory. Cerebral dopamine depletion is the hallmark of Parkinson’s disease15. Similarly acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, responsible for long term memory, is enhanced with the usage of shilajit. Research has indicated that lower levels of acetylcholine are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Shilajit has beneficial effect on every digestive organ. It balances the secretion of gastric juices, bolsters pancreatic enzyme activities, increases the production of bile juice from liver, promotes the absorption of food from small intestine and cleans the large intestine. In ayurveda, it has been used for liver diseases16, IBD, IBS, colitis and mal-absorption syndrome.
Shilajit can also be useful on other conditions and diseases like, OBESITY, hyperlipidemia, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, burning micturation, dysuria16, anemia16, Skin diseases and Indigestion.
Dosage: 250 mg to 1 gm17 Daily, generally with milk or lukewarm water,
preferable time: two hours before meal