Shilajit has been around for a while and the resins are super popular right now but will they keep making the waves they have been making in the health scene? I think so, after I share some of the benefits of shilajit you might agree.
What is Shilajit?
Shilajit is a black resinous material found in the cracks of the high mountain ranges of the Altai, Himalaya and parts of Tibet. There are a lot of origin stories for this mineral resin. The most popular theory is that it is decomposed plant matter that has been pressed between the rocks for thousands of years. It is fairly safe to debunk that one since carbon dating makes the reason more in the 50-100 year old range.
Another less popular origin story that has a decent amount of observational evidence is that animals take herbal plants and store them in the cracks of cliff faces to ferment and decompose. Over 50-70 years this turns into the Shilajit resin they can be seen turning to when they are injured just like us humans. If that is the case it would probably make this the single most unique herbal preparation if only because it is the only one I know of that isn’t prepared by humans!
Top 5 Benefits of Shilajit
As an adaptogen shilajit has a ton of benefits but these are probably the top five.
Shilajit is used in every country it has been found in for healing, from applying it to wounds as a solve to consuming multiple grams a day to cut as much as weeks off the time it takes bones to heal. The USSR studied it heavily and gave it to all their special forces and athletes to accelerate their recovery times so they could perform on a higher level.
2. Cognitive Enhancer and Harmonizer
These days nootropics are all the rage and for good reason. They may not be on the level of the movie limitless but a great Nootropic can raise your IQ by enough to show different results on a test, even when they are tested against a placebo. Shilajit has a minor nootropic effect mostly by keeping your mind alert and focus steady but if you’re looking for a nootropic effect taking shilajit with a nootropic is a great way to enhance the effect, why? Shilajit is a harmonizer it improves the benefits of other herbal supplements while reducing their side effects.
3. Mood Stabilizer
Shilajit has been studied a lot in recent times for its mood stabilizing and enhancing effect. It has been called “Herbal Xanax” which might be a bit of exaggeration but it’s anti-anxiety effects are definitely some of the best you can find. Especially when it is harmonized with other herbal mood enhancers. The way I describe it’s effect is, if you would normally describe your mood as 7 out of 10 shilajit will make you feel like a 8 out of 10.
It is not uncommon for people these days to suffer from addiction of one form or another. From Caffeine to marijuana if you want to stop using a substance to effect your mental state it can sometimes be very difficult to make the change even if it is not physically addicting. The evidence for this is largely anecdotal but Shilajit has been super effective at helping people make these lifestyle changes cold turkey. Personally, I quit coffee from 3 cups a day to 0 cold-turkey without caffeine headaches so it worked for me.
5. A Different Antioxidant
“Shilajit inhibits lipid peroxidation induced by cumene hydroperoxide”. I know a lot of people won’t understand that but essentially shilajit can prevent oxidation of the blood by trapping radicals and regenerating ascorbic acid. What makes this so noteworthy is not only does it make it an effective antioxidant in it’s own right it comes about it in a different way. So you can stack and harmonize Shilajit with other antioxidants like Ashitaba or Matcha.
Now that I have shared these shilajit benefits with you I am sure you have a better idea of why I believe shilajit is going to have a long future in the health world. It has remained my favorite supplement for years, what is the herb you can’t live without?