Shilajit, also known as Black Asphaltum is a sticky-rock like substance fount In the Himalayan region. It is formed after decomposition of plants till thousands of years. In Ayurveda (Charaka Samitha), Shilajit is used to cure many diseases. 5 most important ones of them will be mentioned in this article.
Due to fasle branding of Shilajit by Indian companies, now a days it is viewed as something like vigra, which is not true. Although it does increase sex-drive by a significance amount, It is not the only and most important use of this prosperous substance.
1. Slows down aging
Shilajit has a significant amount of fulvic acid, which means it is abundant in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and it also protects you against free-radicals and cellular damage caused due to it. Taking shilajit once a week as a man or a woman will help you slow down the aging process.
Not only does it help in tissue repair and regeneration but also owing to the potent antioxidant activity, it protects against cellular damage, and hence reduces the ageing process in the tissues of the heart, lungs, liver, and skin.
2. Reduces stress levels
In a ayurvedic study, when 10 people were given shilajit (200 mg) for 2 weeks, the results showed their cortisol levels were decreased by 77%. This is a very significant difference.
Being a powerful adaptogen, Shilajit is beneficial for treating different types of psychotic problems like depression, dementia, etc. It stabilises the Vata and Pitta doshas in the body which in turn keeps the serotonin level under control and helps to reduce various symptoms of anxiety which includes uneasiness, restlessness, cold hands, and feet, etc.
3. Cures Iron deficiency (Anemia)
A U.S study divided 18 rats into three groups of six. Researchers induced anemia in the second and third group. Rats in the third group received 500 mg of shilajit after 11 days.
Researchers collected blood samples from all groups on day 21. The results revealed that rats in the third group had higher levels of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and red blood cells compared to rats in the second group. These are all vital components of your blood.
4. Helps your heart stay healthy
Shilajit is one such herbo-mineral compound that has been found to have a positive effect on the heart. Imbued with antioxidants and cardio-protective properties, it plays a crucial role in treating a host of heart ailments.
It relaxes the cardiac system, by soothing the mind, which is extremely advantageous for patients suffering from arrhythmias and palpitations. It is also beneficial in strengthening the heart muscles, dropping cholesterol levels in the blood and preventing lipid accumulation, which in turn reduces the risk of atherosclerosis, heart blocks, heart attacks, blood clots, etc.
5. Relives from chronic fatigue
CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) has been associated with mitochondrial dysfunction. This occurs when your cells don’t produce enough energy. In a study from 2012, researchers gave lab rats shilajit for 21 days, and then induced CFS by forcing the rats to swim 15 minutes for 21 consecutive days.
The results found that shilajit helped reduce the effects of CFS. They think this was the result of the shilajit helping to prevent mitochondrial dysfunction.