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Shilajit, A Gift From The Himalayas

Updated on September 12, 2011
Shilajit may look very unattractive in its unprocessed form, but what this wonder from the Himalayas does for your body is amazing.
Shilajit may look very unattractive in its unprocessed form, but what this wonder from the Himalayas does for your body is amazing.

Shilajit, the name is a Sanskrit word meaning “conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness.” Just by looking at what Shilajit means in Sanskrit, one knows that we are dealing with no ordinary substance. Shilajit is like a force of nature. In fact, according to Indian legend, Shilajit is considered the nectar of God, given to mortals, and the one who partakes of this amazing nectar, is given the gift of being able to live life youthfully and even become immortal. Shilajit is known by several other names, these are: asphaltum, mineral pitch, and girij.

Shilajit is culled from the ancient biomass high in the Himalayas, in the areas of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. It is pale brown, to blackish in color and soft in texture, and slimy to touch. Shilajit is regarded as one of the most important ingredients in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Shilajit works mainly as a powerful antioxidant, which helps delay the aging process. Shilajit also has been know to restore energy, increase fertility, enhance the immune system, and even safeguard the memory against the effects of aging. There is even good news for arthritis sufferer, with this wonder herb. Shilajit is known to suppress pain and help ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Shilajit works by helping the body adapt to external and internal stressors, it strengthens the body, by restoring energy on a cellular level by enhancing the production of ATP, which is the vital molecular power source we need to survive.

Found in the Himalayas, and considered according to Indian legend the nectar of God for giving eternal youth.
Found in the Himalayas, and considered according to Indian legend the nectar of God for giving eternal youth.

Shilajit even strengthens the nervous system, and has even helped patients, who suffer from depression, epilepsy, and mental fatigue. Unlike conventional antidepressants that cause the liver to work harder, Shilajit actually helps the liver work normally, by helping the liver secrete all the necessary juices and enzymes to aid in digestion. It also helps the liver, by purifying the blood, thanks to its anti microbial properties. Shilajit also helps those with diabetes, by helping with glucose metabolism.

Want to increase the odds of having children? Shilajit help increase sperm count and the quality of sperm. Want to have a better sex life? Shilajit helps men have more strength and endurance power. Shilajit is a safe alternative to Viagra. Let us not forget, that it was men from India that wrote the Kamasutra.

However, despite Shilajit’s amazing curative properties, it does have a few side effects. Not as severe as one would find with traditional pharmaceuticals. The side affects are: an increase in the production of uric acid in the body and this can worsen symptoms for gout sufferers. Shilajit has a high concentration of Iron. Caution should be exercised, when taking Shilajit with a multivitamin containing Iron. An overdose of Iron can cause bloody vomit, diarrhea, loss of concentration, loss of skin color and even shock. On the other hand, it could be beneficial for those, who are Iron deficient. You also have to consider that Shilajit is a product imported from India, therefore the purity of the product may not always be guaranteed. You can solve this problem by buying your herbs from reputable distributors of supplements and herbs. I also want to advice, that you consult your physician before trying Shilajit, or any other herb, to see if Shilajit is right for you.

The benefits of Shilajit far outweigh the side effects, and with a few precautions, side effects can be avoided and should not pose a problem. Wouldn’t it be wonderful is prescription drugs were half as safe, and cured as many ills as Shilajit does. Besides all the benefits mention above Shilajit also aids in healing abdominal disorders, this includes gastritis, indigestion and constipation. It helps in promoting higher levels of intelligence, and aids with mental concentration. It even brings blood pressure down to it’s normal levels.

Shilajit is natures wonder herb. It’s not the most attractive looking herb is you were to see it in its natural form, yet what it does for one’s body is more than beautiful. It’s a miracle.

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      AJ FROM INDIA 3 years ago

      YA its a miracle if u use it and find pure shilajit coz many seller r selling impure shilajit.i used it n it have amazing energy booster wid aswagandha.its a herbal supplement also for ny athlete.


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      Internetwriter62 7 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      I found out about Shilajit recently from an article in Life Extension Magazine. I did some research on Shilajit and it is truly amazing what it does. I'm glad you liked the hub.

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      I am surprised I have never heard of this substance before reading this hub page! Sure appreciate this. What a lot of curious and interesting benefits it has!!!! : )