Organic Shilajit Uses and Benefits
What is Organic Shilajit?
Latin name: asphaltum
English name: mineral pitch
Organic raw Shilajit comes from a resin, oozed from Himalayan Mountain rock, a result of the heating effect of the sun during the summer. Centuries ago, it was decomposing plant matter that became wedged between rocks and was preserved due to extreme pressure. It is pale brown to blackish brown in color.
Possible Benefits of Organic Shilajit?
–Strengthens nervous system
–Increases mental clarity
–Controls blood pressure
–Supports respiratory system
–Urinary tract health
–Increases physical strength
–Supports immune system
How to Use Organic Shilajit?
The recommended amount for general use and to maintain optimal health is around 300-500 mg or 1/8 tsp per day. The recommendation is that you start off with 300 mg per day and add 100 mg per day until you achieve the desired results. Take up to one full tsp.
Taking Shilajit twice a day will ensure optimal blood levels and therapeutic efficiency. Some people on rare occasions will experience detox reactions, most commonly loose stools or mild diarrhea, fatigue, headaches and even skin rashes. You should comsuem lots of pure water and decrease the dose until the symptoms go away, and then gradually increase the dosage again.
Are There Contraindications of Organic Shilajiit?
Shilajit is very safe for anyone and everyone to take. However, due to its strong ability to lower blood sugar, diabetics need to carefully monitor their insulin usage to prevent hypoglycemia.
**Shilajit can cause a decrease in the neurotransmitter serotonin. Decreased levels of serotonin are directly associated with depression, stop taking if you experience this symptom.
The Amazing Science Supporting Organic Shilajit
The primary active ingredients in Shilajit are Fulvic Acids, Dibenzo Alpa Pyrones, Humins, Humic Acids and trace minerals. These are produced by microbial action on humus (think of humus as a nutrient rich soil like compost). Fulvic Acids are small lattic shaped molecules that act as carriers for the Dibenzo Alpha Pyrones and trace minerals. The Fulvic Acids are carrier molecules as they carry other nutrients with them. They are small molecules and are absorbed by plants that need the trace minerals and other nutrients for their own growth. We would then eat the plants (or the animals that ate the plants) and get Fulvic Acids in our diet. However due to modern farming methods the soils are lacking the beneficial microbes and plant material to produce Fulvic Acids and the soil is planted and harvested too frequently to allow the time needed to produce humus.
This carrier action is responsible for part of Fulvic Acids health benefits. The Fulvic Acids will actually transport the Dibenzo Alpha Pyrones and trace minerals into the body. The trace minerals are needed as co-factors for enzymes, play important roles in turning food into energy, maintain the electrical balance in bodily fluids, carry oxygen in the body, are part of blood and bone, allow nerves to transmit messages and more.
The Dibenzo Alpha Pyrones are bale to pass the blood brain barrier and act as a powerful antioxidant protecting the brain and nerve tissue from free radical damage. It also inhibits the enzyme Acetylcholinesterase, which breaks down Acetylcholine. Low levels of Acetylcholine are associated with Alzheimers, and poor memory and concentration.
Recent analysis of the raw material has shown it contains a high percentage of Trifolium repens (white clover). Trifolium pratense (red clover) has been used by herablist as a treament for cancer, blood purification, asthma, skin problems, Bronchitis and ulcers. Many of the same conditions traditionally treated with Shilajit.
Origin of Shilajit?
Shilajit is an exudate that is pressed out from layers of rock in sacred mountains in Nepal and other high mountains. It is composed of humus and organic plant material that has been compressed between layers of rock. Humus is formed when soil microorganisms decompose animal and plant material into elements usable by plants. Unlike other soil humus, Shilajit humus consists of 60-80% organic mass. As the ground continued to be pushed up to become mountains, a lot of the plants became trapped by layers of rock and soil and remained preserved for thousands of years. These plants had never been exposed to any chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides. They are gradually transformed into humus, a rich organic mass that is food for new plant life. Due to microbial action and the tremendous pressure from the weight of the mountains, the humus was transformed into a dense, viscous, mineral rich mass. This is Shilajit. The trapped layers of Shilajit become exposed due to the freezing winters, hot summer sun and erosion from monsoon rains. Shilajit will flow out from between the cracks in the layers of rock during the summer when the temperature of the mountains gets warm enough and the Shilajit becomes less viscous. The native Nepali people then climb the mountains and rappel down cliffs to collect the Shilajit.