India is known for its traditions and history in medicinal systems i.e. Ayurveda, Siddha, and Unani. Indian soil has been blessed with the goodness of herbs and its significance in building the root of Ayurvedic pharmacy (Science of life). Shilajit (Asphaltum) is a pale brown to the blackish-brown herbs-mineral drug which is of gummy appearance or can be of variable consistency exuding from the layers of rock present in mountain ranges of Himalayas and Hindukush ranges of the Indian subcontinent. It consists of a mixture of organic humus, various planet metabolites, etc. It is considered as a ‘Rasayana’, a natural rejuvenator and also known as Mineral pitch. (1) (2) (3)
Shilajit is primarily found in the Himalayan region of India. The mountain ranges run in between west Kashmir and east Arunachal Pradesh. Shilajit resin also found in Nepal, Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Tibet, China and the north of Chile It is believed that properties of Shilajit vary with different geographical regions.
Origin of Shilajit
According to the reviews Shilajit is produced by the decomposition of plant species like Euphorbia royleana and Trifolium repens. This whole process of decomposition and the formation of resin takes centuries. There are certain molds and plant organisms that may generate Shilajit are Barbula, Stepherencella- Anthoceros, Fissidens, Minium, Thuidium, Dumortiera, Pellia, Plagiochasma, etc. (4)
Chemical and Molecular Composition
60-80% of the total composition comprises of Fulvic acid and humic substances. Humic substances are the organic compounds that are formed by the degradation of organic matter or vegetal substances done by many microorganisms. The major classification of components is humane, Fulvic acid and Humic acid. Fulvic acid contributes to making Shilajit curative agent as it is packed with antioxidant properties. Other phytochemical constituents are albumin, fatty acids, ellagic acids, polyphenols, amino-acids, latex, resins, gums, sterols, and polyphenols, etc. These constituents make it enriched with various medicinal properties like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, anti-diabetic, anti-ulcer, etc. (4)
Shilajit is a Sanskrit word that means “conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness” or “Winner of rock”.
Some of The Conditions in Which Shilajit Can be Proved Phenomenal are Discussed Below
1.Hypoxia and Weakness (Muscular Degradation)
Shilajit possesses Fulvic acid which helps in the transportation of nutrients deep into the tissues and helps in detoxification of the body. It helps in the energy production ad helps in the recovery of injured muscles, bones, nervous system and fractures. Thus population living in high altitudes gets benefits from this product in reducing the degradation of bones and muscles, and in enhancing strength. It is beneficial in eliminating weakness and increases the absorption of iron into the body. This works tremendously in improving the oxygen-carrying capacity of cells that results in improving blood circulation. (2)
2. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Masses residing in hilly areas face some symptoms like constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dry nose, tiredness, palpitation, cough, edema, dizziness, sleeping disorders, etc. According to reviews, Shilajit works significantly in treating insomnia, moist cough, dehydration, fatigue, and nausea. This resin acts as an anti-stress, anti-anxiety and adaptogenic agent.
3. Gastrointestinal Disorders and Dehydration
Gastrointestinal issues like constipation, diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, etc. can be effectively treated by Shilajit. This works tremendously in stimulating the pancreas to the secretion of insulin, utilization of food and maintaining metabolism in the body. It also possesses excellent laxative properties and Fulvic acid decreases acid-pepsin secretion and also acts as ulcer protectives.
4. Acclimatization and Immunostimulation
It helps in activating macrophages and splenocytes which boosts immunity. It possesses anti-tumor, antiseptic, anti-asthmatic and anti-allergic properties. These all properties help in reducing symptoms of jaundice, obesity, parasitic infections, fever, sexual disorders, and thyroid.
5. Brain Function
Brain injuries have been proved to be the most challenging health problems globally. Studies have shown that around 1.5-2 million brain injuries occur annually. Fulvic acid present in Fulvic acid present in Shilajit prevents the accumulation of tau protein which triggers brain cell damage. It Possesses antioxidants which relieve mental and physical stress and helps in Rejuvenating brain cells. It helps in conducting nerve signals and impulses in the body. It is very beneficial in enhancing cell regeneration and thus effectively manages symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological disorders.
Shilajit treats various problems like fatigue, weakness, headache, irregular heartbeat and anxiety disorders. It contains high levels of humic acid and iron which helps fulfill Iron deficiency.
7. Heart Health
Shilajit Consist of heart-protective properties and induces the glutathione levels which supports a healthy heart. Humic acid helps in lowering blood fats which ultimately reduces the risk of cardiac attack and other Cardiovascular Disease. It maintains healthy cholesterol levels in our body.
8. Stress and Anxiety
Shilajit increases dopamine levels which directly or indirectly reduces stress levels. It is also beneficial in increasing GABA which is a main calming neurotransmitter. It effectively reduces the over-activity of the brain, panic attacks, anxiety, and stress.
9. Liver Functioning
Shilajit significantly detoxifies the liver by flushing out toxins out of the body. It is very beneficial in destroying cancer cells in the liver as it has an anti-cancer effect.
10. Male fertility and Testosterone Level
Shilajit helps in increasing stamina, vigor and increases sperm production. It also increases testosterone levels by increasing bone mineral density and ultimately triggers a low sex drive.
11. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease marked by extreme fatigue and studies have shown that Shilajit can be beneficial in reducing anxiety and stress that alleviates fatigue syndrome.
12. Sperm Count and Motility
Shilajit effectively increases sperm count and motility in males. Moreover, it has been proved to be a safe and efficient herb for males.
Shilajit Capsules by Planet Ayurveda
Planet Ayurveda has formulated these capsules standardized extract of Shilajit (Asphaltum) which are 100% pure, natural and vegetarian. All the products manufactured are free from chemicals, additives, preservatives, colors, fillers, starch and formulated under the strict supervision of MD Ayurveda practitioners under sterilized conditions. These capsules contain active ingredients and minerals which makes it beneficial in managing enormous disorders and diseases naturally without any side effects.
Dosage– 2 capsules two times a day with plain water or milk after meals.