Friday, September 19, 2014

Shilajeet (Asphaltum)

Shilajit, also known as silajit, salajeet or mumijo, momia and moomiyo, shargai", is a thick, sticky tar-like substance with a colour ranging from white to dark brown (the latter is more common), sometimes found in Caucasus Mountains, Altai Mountains, and Tibet mountains and mountains of Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan.
It is composed of humus and organic plant material that has been compressed by layers of rock. It has been reported to contain at least 85 minerals in ionic form, as well as triterpenes, humic acid and fulvic acid. A similar substance from the Caucasus Mountains, and the Altai Mountains is called mumijo (Russian).
Shilajit is widely known for the benefits, including:
  • Better absorption of nutrients in the food you eat
  • Detoxifies and purifies the blood of toxicity
  • Contains many rare vitamins and minerals
  • Strengthens and supports the immune system
  • Supplies anti-oxidants to help fight free radicals
  • Supports healthy cell development
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Heightens sexual drive and stamina
  • High fulvic acid content – fulvic acid plays a huge role in shilajit benefits and overall health and well-being of the body.
  • Men can take shilajit for the sole sexual benefit alone. It has a significant impact on sexual stamina and energy, not only increasing the sex drive, but allowing for longer lasting and more enjoyable intimacy.
  • Healthy management of the prostate and urinary tract, improving circulation and all around health.
  • Used in USA as ingredient in testosterone boosting supplements
  • Anti-inflammatory (e.g., arthritis, rheumatism)
  • Dispels pain
  • Anti-ulcer
  • Anti-anxiety, anti-stress
  • Nootropic effect
  • Anti-aging (both mental and physical)
Attributed Medicinal Properties / Healing Properties :
Enlarge Prostate :
Shilajeet has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda as an adjunct to a healthy prostate and urinary tract. It help maintain the balanced flow of testosterone & help maintain the urine’s flow.
Urinary problems:
Shilajeet is used in kidney function. It is effective in treating burning urine, incontinence of urine due to enlarged prostate or stone in the bladder or kidney.
Increase sex drive:Shilajeet in India, is an aphrodisiac. It is well known that Shilajeet would return the libido of people to a level of teenagers. Shilajeet increases the core energy responsible for sexual and spiritual power.  The use of Shilajeet for renewing vitality.
Diabetes: High blood sugar is a growing (literally) health problem today. Millions of people around the world have some degree of high blood sugar and are progressing on to diabetes. Shilajeet has long been used for the prevention and treatment of diabetes in Ayurvedic medicine.
Antioxidant:Antioxidants can safely neutralize a free radical without becoming a free radical them self. Shilajeet is a powerful antioxidant that has the added benefit of being able to cross the blood-brain barrier.
Anti-inflammatory:Shilajeet is a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It has been shown to reduce acute chemically induced edema by 77%. The antioxidant properties also help to prevent inflammation.
Anemia: Iron is required to make red blood cells. Shilajeet is a good source of trace minerals and contains iron. The fulvic acids help carry the iron into the body making it bio-available.
Arthritis: It literally means joint inflammation. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to decrease and relieve joint inflammation and pain. The effects on the neurotransmitters in the brain also seem to help relieve joint pain.
Cholesterol: Shilajeet was found to lower serum cholesterol, liver cholesterol, serum triglycerides and serum phospholipids in test subjects feed high cholesterol diet.
Shilajeet amplifies the benefits of other herbs by enhancing their bio-availability. It helps transport nutrients deep into the tissue and removes deep-seated toxins. Shilajeet improves memory and the ability to handle stress. Shilajeet reduces recovery time in muscle, bone and nerve injuries. Shilajeet stimulates the immune system and reduces chronic fatigue. It is adaptogen (Rasayana) that helps to combat immune disorders, urinary tract disorders, nervous disorders and sexual dissatisfaction. It promotes strong bones and heals damages muscle tissues, osteoarthritis and porous.
Increased energy and stamina (both physical, and sexual), enhancing meditative and spiritual practices, detoxification, as a remedy for general sicknesses, as an aphrodisiac, to treat premature ejaculation, as a supplement to boost the immune system, and again, as a general cure all.
Modern usages tend to exaggerate the “proven” benefits of Shilajit / Black Asphaltum as a panacea, or wonder substance for marketing reasons. In Nepal, Sherpas count it as essential to their diet, and scientists attribute their strength and longevity in part to Shilajit. In India it is widely used by men to invigorate, cure impotence, and treat premature ejaculation. In China it is used to build physical, spiritual, and sexual energy.
The following benefits were investigated and confirmed in a laboratory setting.
  • Anti-Allergic
  • Anti-diabetic
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammation for arthritis and rheumatism
  • Anti-Oxidant
  • Anti-viral
  • Alzheimer’s prevention
  • Cognitive and Memory Enhancer
  • High Altitude Problems/hypoxia, sickness, lethargy, depression
  • Influenza /Common Cold
  • Mental and physical rejuvenation or anti aging benefits
  • Nootropic/Smart Drug /Cognitive and Memory Enhancer
  • Pain Relief and Injury Repair
  • Stress and Anxiety reduction
  • Ulcer Repair