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So what’s the deal with Shilajit?


Shilajit is one of the unsung heroes of the supplement industry. It was historically used in Ayurvedic medicine as a vitality enhancer and adaptogenic compound. Its name directly translates to mean “conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness” and has been hailed as a ‘miraculous’ compound in Ayurvedic medicine.  The thing that makes Shilajit so interesting is the way it is formed and extracted from nature. It’s scientific name ‘Asphaltum Punjabinum’ literally means asphalt from the Punjab region (India); as this suggests, it is a cultivated extract of minerals found in rocks and mountain ranges 1000 to 5000 meters above sea level such as the Himalayas. Minerals that are usually buried deep below the earth are drawn up through the deep root systems of hardy plants and excreted as a sap which cannot be found anywhere else on earth – this means Shilajit is not only hard to come by but its is also varied in composition across different regions.

So now that you know some of the back-story of this ‘miracle’ compound Shilajit and how amazing it supposedly is, lets break it down and identify some of the great benefits it can have to our health. The main bioactive compound of Shilajit is Fulvic Acid which is often used as a standardising marker for Shilajit potency, however Shilajit is actually made up of far more than just Fulvic Acid, it contains over 85 ionic (dissolvable and absorbable) minerals, peptides, lipids and amino acids meaning it has an extremely diverse set of roles within the body.

The Fulvic Acid component of Shilajit is one that we cannot overlook. Fulvic Acid has great benefits in its own right. It is a carrier molecule and natural electrolyte that can balance and energise biological properties of the ingredients it is taken in conjunction with. Fulvic Acid will enhance the availability of nutrients and help to deliver nutrients out of the gut and into muscle and bone, acting as the vehicle that will force active ingredients into your body. In addition to this, it will also work as a fantastic detoxifier and chelating agent, removing toxic compounds out of the body while shuttling the good stuff in, balancing out the elimination pathways and making your body a tougher, more resilient machine.  The presence of Fulvic Acid in Shilajit is seen as so important due to the fact that when it combines with the other actives in the Shilajit compound it enhances their potency, making it a more bioavailable and effective compound overall.

Shilajit is adaptogenic compound, meaning it will work to balance and improve your body’s current state regardless of the challenge. Key benefits of Shilajit supplementation include:

–          Improved resilience in immune system balance

–          Improved digestion and assimilation of nutrients

–          Great detoxification and chelating properties

–          Increased Testosterone by up to 20% above normal ranges in males (Increased sperm production up to 35%, improved fertility and libido)

–          Improved conversion of testosterone to estrogen in females (helping to remove negative effects of menopause such as hot flushes, night sweats while improving mood, motivation and libido)

–          Massive effects on fatigue and performance

Possibly one of the most amazing and beneficial effects of Shilajit is the effect it can have on the mitochondria (energy producing powerhouse of our cells). It has the ability to generate, utilize, harness and even preserve energy at a cellular level. Shilajit can be utilized as a replacement for the popular supplement Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 as it is more commonly referred to. CoQ10 lives within the cells and helps to drag oxygen into the cells from the bloodstream for fuel. It does this by reducing the pressure required to get the oxygen from the blood to the cells, making it fantastic for fatigue, performance and power output. CoQ10 is typically dosed at around 300mg to achieve this response in the body, however Shilajit, in a dose of only 1-gram will elevate the mitochondrial production of CoQ10 equivalent to the supplementation of 1500mg of COQ10, meaning it is 5 times more effective than pure CoQ10 supplementation. Shilajit will also reduce the amount of ATP (the body’s energy currency) lost through exercise by up to 20% allowing you to produce an increased power output for a prolonged period of time, this in turn leads to excellent performance and energy increases.

Shilajit supplementation is standardised along a bell curve, meaning if you don’t get enough or you have too much, you wont gain the optimal benefits it has to offer. The sweet spot seems to be around 1-gram of Shilajit per day, and with constancy over time the benefits will become quite noticeable. This brilliant compound shows so much diversity that it becomes easy to see how it earns its name and reputation as a potent and holistic adaptogen. The combination of minerals, peptides, lipids and amino acids, enhanced by the presence of Fulvic Acid makes a high quality Shilajit an extremely useful and desirable product. With a crazy spectrum of benefits for digestive function, immune balance, hormonal support and athletic performance, Shilajit is one supplement that will make a fantastic addition to any health campaign, assisting you towards achieving all your health and fitness goals.

Products that contact Shilajit: ATP Science Alpha Mars

Article written by Glen George, Blackburn Muscle Coach Store.

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