Did you know…that an ancient mineral substance preserved in the Himalayan mountain regions of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan offers amazing health benefits for longevity, sensual prowess, memory, and well-being?
Shilajit is a mineral substance that is quite literally “the carbon footprint” of our earth’s ancient ecosystem. High in the majestic Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan, shilajit can be found preserved in rocks and cliffs.
This rich, smoky-flavored earthen paste is loaded with potent nutrients from a pristine, 50-million-year-old ecosystem. Our modern soil, by comparison, has been woefully depleted of many of these healing elements.
In Sanskrit, the word shilajit means rock like, in reference to shilajit’s benefit powers to “make our body like a rock,” protected from the ravages of time. In Ayurvedic medicine, shilajit has been used for thousands of years to promote longevity, performance in the bedroom, and anti-aging. Shilajit benefits are also considered as a master rejuvenator because it works to strengthen each cell in the body.
According to Ray Sahelian, M.D., research shows that shilajit has anti-inflammatory properties, and may be effective for treating peptic ulcers and improving memory.
Rediscovering the “Destroyer of Weakness”
According to Dr. Michael Hartman, ancient Sanskrit holy texts from more than 3,000 years ago describe a mysterious substance called shilajitas the “destroyer of weakness.” The texts, say Dr. Hartman, list shilajit’s “powerful health and spiritual benefits and the positive changes that it brought in the lives of those who used it.”
Dr. Hartman explains that the rediscovery of shilajit benefits was made by Himalayan villagers who observed large white monkeys migrate to the mountains in the warm summer months. “The villagers observed the monkeys ingesting a semi-soft substance from between layers of rock, and attributed the monkeys’ great strength, longevity, and wisdom to this unusual dietary habit,” says Dr. Hartman.
When the villagers began consuming the shilajit themselves, they experienced more energy…better digestion…increased sensual appetite…sharper memory and cognition…reduced allergies and diabetes…and a higher quality of life.
Shilajit is believed to promote health through a variety of physiological effects, including:
- Increasing the metabolism of proteins
- Removing toxins and heavy metals
- Restoring electrical balance to cells
- Boosting the immune system
- Promoting bone health and healing
The Research Behind the Rock
Modern research confirms the ancient beliefs about shilajit benefits. An extensive review of shilajit studies published in 2007 described shilajit’s use as “a rejuvenator and an adaptogen for thousands of years, in one form or another, as part of traditional systems of medicine in a number of countries.
Many therapeutic properties have been ascribed to it, a number of which have been verified by modern scientific evaluation. Shilajit has been attributed with many miraculous healing properties.”
More than 60 years of clinical research on shilajit benefits has been conducted in Eastern universities. Studies back up the claims for this sacred healing substance’s effects for learning and memory, ulcers, immunity, diabetes, allergies, longevity, sensual appetite, and more.
High in Fulvic Acid, Which Aids Absorption of Important Nutrients
One of shilajit’s unique properties is its high fulvic acid content. Fulvic acid occurs naturally in healthy soils and has the outstanding ability to help our bodies better absorb other nutrients into our muscles, tissues, and bones. For this reason, Ayurvedic healers often use shilajit to increase the potency of other herbs.
How to Use Shilajit
Many natural health practitioners say that in spite of how unpalatable you might think an earthen paste might taste, shilajit actually has a great flavor to accompany its superior health benefits. Shilajit can be mixed into water or other drinks, and is said to blend especially well with cocoa- or nut-based foods and drinks.
Some practitioners advise that shilajit’s smoky flavor is less compatible with fruit drinks.
Shilajit herb powder is available online and from natural health and herb retailers. The dose recommended by most practitioners is 1 tsp, 3 times a day. A higher dose of 1-2 ounces per day may also be used for more significant benefits.