Shilajit is one of the most popular Ayurvedic medicine which has been used for centuries as antiaging and rejuvenating compound. A sanskrit word, Shilajit means “Conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness” and ‘Winner of rock’. Also known as salajit, it is a mineral based natural substance that is mainly found in the Himalayas. It is a blackish-brown powder that is formed by the gradual decomposition of certain plants by microorganisms. As the decomposition process occurs through centuries, shilajit is considered as a millenary product of nature.
Benefits And Uses Of Shilajit
Shilajit contains more than 84 minerals including copper, silver, zinc, iron, and lead in their ionic forms. It is available in the form of capsules in the market and has a long history of healing and performance enhancement. It improves immunity and aids in the proper functioning of the nervous system, digestive system and urinary system. It not only acts as a safe dietary supplement that aids in restoring the energy balance but also helps to prevent diseases and boost sexual health.
Here’s more about the health benefits of shilajit you need to know about! This Ayurvedic drug can:
1. Fight Tiredness And Fatigue
Shilajit is known to enhance the bioavailability of herbs and minerals in the body along with providing various nutrients to the body. It is also used as a revitalizer that enhances physical performance and improves energy production thereby relieving fatigue. Moreover, it also fastens the healing process and thus cuts down on the recovery period of injured muscles and tissues. Due to its ability to overcome physical as well as mental stress, it is used in the treatment of tiredness, lethargy, cold, etc. which are common problems at high altitudes.
2. Improve Testosterone Level And Sex Drive
Testosterone is a male sex hormone that plays a key role in improving sexual health. Low levels of this hormone in the body can lead to low sex drive, loss of muscle mass, hair loss, and fatigue. Shilajit helps increase testosterone level and thus, boosts sexual function. This ayurvedic herb is known to have rejuvenating properties which helps in improving energy levels and boost overall stamina and sex drive.
3. Boost Sperm Count and Treat Male Infertility
Shilajit is also known to improve sperm count and sperm motility thereby playing a key role in the treatment of male infertility. Studies have proved that shilajit acts as a safe supplement to fight infertility. A study published in the year 2016 revealed that taking shilajit twice a day for 90 days improved sperm motility. It showed an increase in total sperm count in more than 60 percent of infertile men.
4. Slow Down Aging Process
The presence of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds in shilajit can slow down the aging process. These compounds prevent cellular damage and protect the skin cells from the harmful free radicals thereby contributing to longevity and better health. Studies have reported that oral consumption of this ayurvedic drug can reduce fine lines and wrinkles and thus, protect the skin from premature aging.
5. Lower The Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain condition that usually affects people in old age. It causes problems with memory, thinking, concentration and behaviour. Several studies claim that shilajit can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and also slow down the progression of the condition. Fulvic acid acts as a potent antioxidant which improves cognitive function and prevents accumulation of tau protein. The excess buildup of tau proteins in the brain can cause brain damage and also trigger an inflammatory response thereby increasing the risk of AD. However, researchers believe that shilajit can stop the buildup of these proteins and improve the symptoms of AD.
Ideally, the recommended dose of this Ayurvedic drug is 300-500 mg per day to maintain optimal health. You can even take shilajit powder which is added to milk and taken twice a day. But before you take this herb, it is wise to consult your doctor to know the right dosage depending upon your health condition. Overall, shilajit is an ayurvedic drug with a long history of safe and effective use in improving performance and fighting health problems to lead a happy life.
(The article is reviewed by Dr. Swati Mishra, Medical Editor)
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