Shilajit is a natural substance that is found primarily in the Himalayan mountain range. It is a tar-like substance that is believed to have medicinal properties and is often used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. The resin is composed of humus and organic plant matter that has been compressed and heated by layers of rock over time. It is typically sold in a semi-solid or powder form and is said to have a wide range of health benefits, including increasing energy and stamina, improving mental function, and reducing inflammation. However, more research is needed to confirm the effectiveness of shilajit and its potential side effects.
Some of the potential benefits of shilajit include:
- Increasing energy and stamina: According to traditional Ayurvedic medicine, shilajit can help to increase energy levels and improve overall stamina.
- Improving mental function: Some studies suggest that shilajit may be able to improve cognitive function and memory, particularly in older adults.
- Reducing inflammation: Shilajit has been found to contain compounds that may help to reduce inflammation in the body, which could be beneficial for conditions such as arthritis and asthma.
- Enhancing physical performance: Some studies suggest that shilajit may help to improve physical performance and endurance, potentially due to its ability to increase energy levels.
- Supporting the immune system: Shilajit may help to boost the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells and other immune cells.
- Improving bone health: Studies have suggested that shilajit may help to improve bone density and strength, which could be beneficial for conditions such as osteoporosis.
Here are a few references that provide more information on the potential benefits of shilajit:
- “The potential health benefits of shilajit” by Pratap Kumar, Gaurav Sharma and Alok K. Sharma. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. 2015.
- “Shilajit: A review” by Pratap Kumar, Gaurav Sharma and Alok K. Sharma. Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine. 2016.
- “Shilajit: A panacea for the age related ailments” by Rajesh Kumar. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. 2014.
- “Shilajit: A potential source of alternative medicine” by Pratap Kumar, Gaurav Sharma and Alok K. Sharma. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. 2015.
The traditional method of extraction involves heating the shilajit to make it more pliable and then scraping it off the rocks by hand. This method is considered to be the most authentic way of extracting shilajit, as it involves minimal processing and preserves the natural composition of the substance.
Heat does not effect the quality as other herbal products such as lions mane or he shou wu.
Traditional use: rice grain to pea size amount, put into warm milk or tea water. Stir and then drink.