Shilajit is thought to be one of the most popular “herbs” in the traditional Indian system of medicine, Ayurveda, and in this article we’ll take a closer look at numerous shilajit benefits and a few possible side effects too.
The uses of Shilajit encompass plenty of benefits in various medical conditions. This highly sought unconventional medicinal substance became popular after gaining celebrity endorsement from Oprah, Deepak Chopra and many others. It is expected to take the much bigger spotlight in coming years. Most of its benefits are yet to be discovered and confirmed by science, but that’s because there are so many different ones.
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Anti-Aging properties – First of all, the main health benefits of shilajit is its able to help slow down the aging process in various ways. It keeps the calcium in the bones and consequently makes them stronger. Shilajit also serves as a natural anti-oxidant, containing more than 85 minerals in their ionic form, keeping the diseases away and the immune system strong. The above chart showcases some of the shilajit’s benefits and constituents.
Sexual properties – Also known as “Indian [Insert Popular ED Drug that we’re not allowed to name here]”, Shilajit works wonders for improving male sexual function and it’s been used for hundred of years to increase libido and sexual performance in a natural way. Furthermore, Shilajit is the main ingredient in Ayurvedic for treating low libido and sexual performance in general.
Anti-disease properties – The properties of shilajit are especially beneficial for those suffering from:
- Genitourinary disorders
- Digestive disorders
- Nervous disorders
- Kidney Stones
- Thyroid Dysfunction
- And much more
Physical benefits – Known as the Destroyer of Weakness shilajit is a great medicinal substance for those interested in physical performance. It improves recovery after a workout, increases stamina, improves physical weakness, and brain functioning, which all lend themselves to being a great herb for peak performance. It may even promote natural strength gain as well as muscle mass.
Antioxidant properties – It mimics powerful antioxidants, thus promoting cellular respiration which talks volumes about the anti-aging properties. Recent studies found an ORAC index between 50 and 500, which is substantially higher than berries which are touted as a great antioxidant food..
Regulates blood sugar – Shilajit based medicine promotes regeneration of pancreas cells. It helps in maintaining healthy levels on glucose thus keeping diabetes in check.
Rich is minerals – In addition to the fulvic and humic acids which have potent benefits, shilajit contains many trace minerals, each with its own benefits
Anti-inflammatory properties – Shilajit is a useful anti-inflammatory agent given its type of chemical composition. This makes Shilajit capable of addressing tissue damage and thus accelerates healing.
Shilajit contains a wider variety of components, each of which may be responsible for some of its many benefits. A few of these include:
- eldagic acid
- aromatic carboxylic acids
- amino acids
- phenolic lipids
- dibenzo-α-pyrones (this one acts as a carrier of the other components)
Shilajit Benefits for Men
Apart from regular benefits that both males and females enjoy, Shilajit provides additional benefits for men. First of all, this study indicates that Shilajit increases fertility by increasing sperm activity. Secondly, this tar like substance helps significantly increase testosterone in men (study) which is yet another reason for every male to consider taking it on a regular basis. These benefits of shilajit for men along with others already mention make this product a true all-arounder and worth trying.
Shilajit Side Effects
If used in the right way and dosage, Shilajit is not associated with any serious side effects. In cases where someone takes iron supplements along with shilajit, it could lead to building up of an excess iron in the blood, as Shilajit contains a pretty high amount of iron. In very rare cases, it could aggravate gout or lower the blood pressure. But apart from those three cases, Shilajit is perfectly safe even in higher than normal quantities.
Side effects from shilajit may be indicative of a low-quality shilajit, or something that claims to be shilajit but is not really so. Be aware that many shilajit supplements on the market aren’t exactly what they’re reported to be. Some of these contain fertilizer. Others contain toxic heavy metals. Be sure you’re getting the right stuff.
Possible fulvic acid side effects may similarly occur, if taken in an isolated form, as it’s not in the same arrangement that a real shilajit will be in.
For many, shilajit is best taken with food to minimize any lightheadedness that can occur.
However, it’s always a good idea to listen to your body and stop taking Shilajit if you notice symptoms of an allergic reaction, which may include nausea, dizziness, increased heart rate, itchiness etc. Keep in mind that this counts for everything we ingest and there were no reported cases of severe allergic reactions to Shilajit.
Of course, it’s always best to talk to your physician before taking any supplements, especially in cases where you already take prescribed drugs.
If you take a very high dose, Shilajit might increase uric acid levels which in turn can lead to increased bile levels resulting in more problems. However, this happens only when a very large dose is administrated.
Different Forms of Shilajit
We have all of our shilajits tested to ensure they’re real and potent. We also offer a variety of kinds.
Powdered shilajits tend to be a weaker variety. They usually have added fulvic acid to them, which can be useful, because the fulvic acid has tons of benefits.
Many traditional Ayurvedic formulas combine shilajit along with other herbs. As a “driver” shilajit makes those that are combined with it more powerful. One preparation combines triphala with shilajit to make a potent detoxifier and cleanser.
The purest shilajit will come in a pitch or tar like substance. This is minimally processed to bring you the most powerful shilajit available. In fact, you want to avoid raw shilajits completely.
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