Shilajit has been used as medicine both by Ayurvedic and Unani (Greek) treatment methods. Generally, both these treatment practices have suggested that shilajit has multiple uses and can cure various ailments. And the use of shilajit as medicine has historically been giving satisfactory results.
Shilajit is believed to be a natural energy booster and its consumption been seen as completely harmless.
In the present scenario, the amount of diseases we witness is worrisome. Undoubtedly, we have a huge well-developed health care sector but relying upon Allopathy is not always the right option.
Often times research and experience have found allopathic medicines to be ineffective and hazardous. This is because of the composition of these medicines. These medicines are composed of synthetic chemicals which are tested under specific temperature and environmental conditions. This leaves loopholes which may at times cause negative effects.
In such a situation, many people resort to more natural medications. Remedies like Shilajit that almost have no side effects can prove to be more effective and may even help in eliminating the root cause of diseases.
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How is Shilajit Formed?
Basically, shilajit is a tar-like substance obtained from the Himalayan mountains. It is formed as a result of decomposition of plants.
Hold on, the decay is not an ordinary one, rather it is a decay has been going on for centuries.
For over centuries, due to slow decomposition of plants, the product derived is rich in Fulvic acid. Fulvic acid and Humic acid both are present in Shilajit. These substances are the components of Humus as well. Humus has a tendency to retain nutrients, water, oxygen for plant growth and probably this is the reason why the substance derived from it is considered to be one which rejuvenates one’s health.
Why do People Use Shilajit?
People, especially in the Indian Subcontinent, have an affinity to natural remedies. They believe if these remedies were good for their forefathers, they must be good for the current day as well. And often this analogy is quite true as well.
Shilajit is not another common Ayurvedic remedy. It is a trusted medication. It’s usage since ages is vibrant proof of its effectiveness. The difference lies only in the form of consumption which gradually changed with time.
The Benefits of Shilajit
Shilajit plays a vital role in either suppressing or eradicating different ailment from their roots. Since ages, it has played an important role in:
- Giving an Energy Boost
- Strengthening the Memory
- Absorption of Nutrients from Food
- Increasing Potency
- Maintaining Blood Sugar Levels
- Body Detoxification
I found a great infographic listing other important benefits of shilajit.
Shilajit Uses – A Thorough Account
There are a number of ailments related to different organ systems, hormones, ageing etc, against which the shilajit has shown remedial effects. Some commonly known diseases which shilajit can cure or at the least restrict are :
- Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people. This disease affects cognitive functioning like memory, decision making and memory. The power of thinking and recognizing is also affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Although it starts at a slow pace, gradually there is a strong detrimental effect on the human body. So far there is no ascertained reason, but it is believed to be caused by the accumulation of some proteins inside and between the neurons which form plaques and tangles.
Fulvic acid which is an important component of Shilajit helps to prevent the proteins from getting accumulated.
Altitude sickness is basically related to change in air pressure and level of oxygen as we move to higher altitudes. When people are not used to such conditions and they encounter such a phenomenon, they find it difficult to breathe. Shilajit can be used in this case.
Apart from this, use Shilajit when you encounter;
- Loss of energy
Besides altitude, this sickness may sometimes cause fatal diseases of the brain and the lungs. Shilajit which is rich in minerals and fulvic and humic acid helps in enhancing one’s immune system. Since shilajit is an energy booster as well, it lets the fatigue go off.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a kind of illness wherein a patient feels extreme fatigue even after continuous rest. According to research women are more prone to this type of illness than men. CFS is very difficult to diagnose because no tests are conducted for its diagnosis. The duration of the illness also cannot be ascertained. It may last for 6 months to 1 year, or at time be a life long affliction.
CFS has some symptoms associated such as:
- Extreme fatigue even after complete rest
- Muscle ache
- Unrefreshing sleep even after sleeping for hours
- Sore throat
- Unable to concentrate or memorize things.
Many patients have gotten rid of this disease through the conscious use of shilajit. Shilajit is considered as an energy booster because of it’s constitutional properties. It can help to improve the metabolism of the body, reduce fatigue and increase energy levels naturally.
Benefits of Shilajit for Some Known Health Issues
Heart diseases also known as Cardiovascular diseases is an umbrella term that covers a large number of diseases like Angina, Heart failure, Stroke etc. Some of the heart-related diseases are Congenital or some are induced because of stress. It is a form of a tension which causes high blood pressure and in turn affects the heart. Many of the heart diseases are also related to obesity, lifestyle and daily routines.
Consuming Shilajit helps to keep the heart in good condition. If one has some cardiac ailments, they are likely to be controlled. Shilajit also keeps control of the blood pressure because of its constitutional properties.
When the count of red blood cells (RBC’s) or Haemoglobin in the blood is very less than the required count, it is termed as Anaemia. Haemoglobin is the carrier of oxygen in the bloodstream. If the level of red blood cells in the blood is insufficient, then the required amount of oxygen cannot be circulated within the body.
Anaemia as such is caused by a deficiency of iron in the body. Because of the presence of a high concentration of Fulvic acid and Humic acid, Shilajit helps in maintaining the iron levels in the body. Hence, Shilajit can nip the disease in its bud.
Ageing is a natural and irreversible process of getting older gradually. As people begin to age, they get to have many problems like weakness, forgetfulness besides health issues. With age, our body organs also begin to age leading to flawed functionality. Ageing enhances the chances of developing many diseases like cardiac ailments, dementia, diabetes, blood pressure, obesity etc.
Fulvic acid present in shilajit acts is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. As such, it may help in the reduction of free radicals and cellular damage in the body which may slow down ageing.
When an excessive amount of fat gets accumulated within our body, such condition is termed as obesity. The fat accumulation can be because of overeating or consuming foods rich in sugar, carbohydrates, and proteins. Limited or no physical exercise to burn off the fats are also an important cause in case of obesity.
Many other health issues are interrelated to it such as unstable BP, high cholesterol level, high blood sugar, many cardiac issues etc. Obese people usually get tired in less time and therefore show less interest in the workout also. Shilajit consumption boosts up the genes which overall effects the skeletal muscles to get adapted to fitness and gain more strength.
Shilajit Benefits For Men
Traditionally Shilajit has been believed to have some great health benefits for men. Being rich in minerals, energy radiants and antioxidants, it plays a vital role in the well-being of men.
It helps in maintaining the testosterone level which is a male hormone. Low level of this hormone often leads to hair fall, mood swings, less interest in intercourse, fatigue and insomnia.
This remedy also plays a pivotal role in regaining fertility and potency in men. Infertility refers to the inability to conceive a baby. There can be a number of causes associated but in the case of men, the most common one is low sperm count or sperm motility.
Other Uses of Shilajit
The combination of a variety of minerals, humic and fulvic acids, amino acids, plant-based antioxidants all formed by the decomposition of plants for ages together distinguishes Shilajit from any other supplement.
Shilajit has a perfect integration of uncontaminated essential nutrients which is harmless to consume, thus making it one among the best natural supplements. Shilajit’s uses include:
- Healing up wounds, burns and bruises
- Making our bones stronger
- Remedial effects on joint dysfunctioning
- Maintaining blood circulation
- Boosting up energy even after a workout
- Reducing physical weakness
- Building up one’s immune system
- Removing heavy metals and other toxins from the body.
Over to You
Because of the presence of antioxidants in Shilajit, it has humungous health benefits. And the good part is that, since its price is pretty low, you can always test it for a few months to sense its benefits. Being a natural agent, you can stay relaxed about the side effects. There aren’t any.
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