Shilajit is an Ayurvedic herb that is also called Mumujo. It is a tar-like sticky substance whose colour looks like the combination of white, red and brown. Shilajit is mostly found in the Himalayan and other higher mountain ranges such as Karakoram, Caucasus, Tibetan mountains, the Altai Range and the Gilgit Baltistan mountains. We get the herb mainly in the form of Shilajit capsules.
Shilajit has been in use for centuries now and forms a vital part of the Ayurveda and Unani family. The name Shilajit finds its origin in the Sanskrit language. Originally, Shila means something associated with mountains and rocks and ‘jatu’ means lac, gum or other tarry elements. The word ‘Shilajit’ thus means a gummy, sticky substance that is found in the rocks or mountains.
Several experts and scientists explain that Shilajit is nothing like mineral tar. Instead, it mostly represents something of the vegetable origin. It is sometimes also associated with the cactus family and is said to contain similar elements.
If we bring in a small episode of Mythology into it, Shilajit is said to be a result of the frictional occurrence of celestial elements during the time of Samudra Manthana. This incident can be found described in the scriptures wherein the asuras and devas were fighting against each other to churn out every bit of the ocean in search of the potion of immortality called ‘Amrita’.
History of Shilajit
The earliest reference of Shilajit dates back to the 6th Century BC. It was also mentioned in one of the Ayurveda treatises of the 3rd century known as Sushruta Samhita. It was defined in the book as a gel-like substance that could be obtained from the sidelines of the high mountains. The books explain that it is possible only during the months of Jayishtha and Ashada when the sun became stronger and the heat is enough to melt mountains. The Shilajit herb, according to Ayurveda is capable of curing any kind of distemper of the body.
When people moved on to the medieval era, Shilajit was included in all the medical books as one of the strongest nutritive fluids or rasa. Ayurveda scientists and doctors justify that if someone consumes Shilajit with other efficient metals, herbs, bhasmas, honey or ghee, he/she can be benefitted almost magically by it. The black variant of Shilajit is the most suitable for use in medicinal activities such as Ayurvedic Shilajit Capsules.
Rock sweat or mountain blood are the two terms used for the substance that seeps out from the cracks on the sides of the mountains due to extreme heat of the sun. But beware that you must not confuse Shilajit with ozokerite, another humid element that looks similar to Shilajit but contains no medicinal properties.
An overview of Shilajit capsules
According to Ayurveda, Shilajit is a mineral pitch or Asphaltum that forms a part of Rasayana. Any element or substance that falls under the category of Rasayana is capable of rejuvenation and boosting up. The main functions of a Rasayana element are to ensure anti-ageing, good health, eradication of immunity problems, promoting calmness, longevity, and better memory.
Shilajit is also a herbal sex medicine, especially for men. Besides this, Shilajit is great medicine for women as well. Shilajit helps women to combat diabetes and stress. It also improves the levels of calcium in the body. As a result, their bones will become stronger.
Shilajit can also reduce Kapha and Vata problems. Therefore, it can be used to treat other problems such as PCOS, infertility, obesity and more.
Shilajit is capable of treating a host of general ailments such as bronchial problems, constipation, skin diseases, inflammation, anaemia, piles, dyspepsia and more. It can treat other complicated issues too such as-
- Lack of concentration
- Memory loss
- Lack of energy
- Digestive problems
- Low libido and other sexual issues
Ingredients and dosage:
Shilajit capsules contain up to 500 mg of purified Shilajit or Shilajit extract. You must take 1 capsule per day for the best results. You can have a Shilajit capsule with milk.
Benefits of Shilajit capsules
As you already know, Shilajit is also called ‘mineral pitch’. It forms as a result of a prolonged process of breaking down of plant and mineral matter. It is dark in colour and the texture is sticky and clayey. The following points will help you to understand the benefits of consuming Shilajit capsules regularly.
1. Brain functioning
There are several compounds in Shilajit that aid stronger memory. It also helps to reduce the symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. As per an International journal, Shilajit helps to slow down memory loss and ageing. As a result of such capability, Shilajit can reduce cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s that mostly happen due to increasing age. Continuous research is being done to find out other ways in which Shilajit can be used to heal memory and brain disorders.
Shilajit contains fulvic acid and it is also one of the pivotal elements present in the herb. It acts as an anti-inflammatory ingredient and also a great source of antioxidants. As a result, there are fewer cell damages or radical abnormalities in the body. These two are the basic causes of ageing and if you can overcome these, your ageing process will slow down naturally. A regular dosage of Shilajit will contribute to the ultimate vitality and slowdown in the pace of ageing in most people.
Anaemia is an ailment that occurs mainly due to low levels of haemoglobin or healthy blood cells in the body. Out of several causes of Anaemia, a major one is the deficiency of iron in the body. The symptoms of anaemia due to lack of proper iron levels in the body are-
- Irregular heartbeat
- Weakness and fatigue
- Cold feet and hands
Shilajit contains high levels of iron as well as humic acid that is helpful in treating the deficiency of iron in the case of Anaemia. However, it is always preferable that you consult with a physician before deciding to start a regular herbal supplement.
There is a wide range of compounds and minerals present in the ingredients of Shilajit. These are capable of fighting germs and harmful viruses. As per wide research conducted a couple of years back, it was proven that the consumption of Shilajit herbal capsules regularly can fight several independent and isolated viruses. Some are even as dangerous as the Herpes virus. While it is a proven fact, researchers and scientists are still trying to carry on experiments to understand the functioning in a better manner.
5. Chronic fatigue
A study was conducted in 2012 on a group of people and according to the results, a specific amount of Shilajit regularly can eradicate the problems of chronic fatigue in human beings. The reason given for this was that Shilajit could improve cell functioning in the body. It means that the Shilajit capsules are capable of reducing fatigue in the body and also improving energy to overcome the disorder.
6. Height sickness
Several traditional Ayurveda practitioners claim that Shilajit is capable of reducing height or altitude sickness. The pressure changes at high altitudes can be a problem for a lot of people as they tend to feel nauseous and sick at heights. The other symptoms of altitude sickness are body pain, lack of oxygen supply to the brain, lung congestion, and excessive fatigue.
The formation of Shilajit is complex and it contains several minerals along with humic acid and fulvic acid. Due to this wide spectrum of essential components present in Shilajit, it can probably reduce symptoms of altitude sickness.
Shilajit capsules also improve the regular functioning of the brain and trigger the immune system to function properly. They can reduce inflammation.
7. Cirrhosis of liver
Shilajit is capable of fighting several types of cancers. Cancers are caused due to the abnormal functioning of the cells in the body. Therefore, Shilajit can destroy the cancer-causing cells in the liver.
Although, more studies are required to prove this fact accurately. However, from the little that we know from Ayurvedic practitioners and scientists, Shilajit prevents the cancer-causing cells from multiplying any further.
8. Healthy heart
Regular consumption of Shilajit capsules can look after the heart and prevent any kind of heart problems. Several studies have justified the remarkable effects of Shilajit on your heart health. The initial researches were carried out on animals. Reports say that the animals that were given Shilajit were less prone to heart attacks in comparison to the other animals.
You must also understand that Shilajit can lower blood pressure drastically. So, if you are already suffering from even the slightest heart problem, Shilajit is a bad idea for you.
Obesity refers to excessive weight gain that is a lot more than the normal Body Mass Index. Now, excess weight may lead to severe stress and muscle disorders. According to the Journal of Medicinal Foods, people who consumed Shilajit supplements daily were more responsive to physical exercise than others. According to notable scientists, Shilajit can trigger genes in the body that ensure that the core muscles of the body respond to any kind of exercise in a prompter way. It eventually means more energy and lower fatigue and stress.
10. Male testosterone and fertility
Shilajit is rightfully known as the ‘Indian Viagra’ as it increases the testosterone levels in men and also improves fertility. There are forms of Shilajit for women too. A study was conducted on 60 men, all of whom were experiencing fertility issues. Each one of them was given two Shilajit capsules each for 90 days. By the end of the period, 50% of men showed improvements. Their sperm motility and count showed a drastic increase. There was also an improvement in the movement of sperms towards the egg. Therefore, their infertility issue was resolved.
Another similar study was conducted on a group of 60 healthy and fertile men. They were also given two capsules each, every day. At the end of 90 days, there was a noticeable increase in the testosterone levels in their systems.
How to use Shilajit?
Shilajit comes in the form of a powder or capsule supplements. The best way to consume either of these is with a glass of warm milk. If you want to consume raw Shilajit for the best benefits, you can take a small portion of the size of a pea and mix it with a glass of milk. It is better to consult a physician for the ideal dosage.
Side-effects of Shilajit
According to several types of research, Shilajit is a safe dietary supplement that you can use regularly. However, just like any other herbal supplement, Shilajit also has probable side-effects.
For those who are on a regular dosage of high blood pressure medicines, Shilajit is not a good option, because Shilajit can lower blood pressure drastically. The same is the case with heart patients who have a medical history of Hypotension.
Also, you must obtain herbal medicines and drugs only from trusted sources. It is because, cheap or untrustable sources of Shilajit may give you medicines high on arsenic, radicals and other metallic elements.
Nirogam Shilajit Capsules –
Shilajit is Asphaltum (mineral pitch). It is a Rasayana in Ayurveda and hence is anti ageing, promotes calmness, memory and immunity, while also providing good health and longevity. Contrary to the common belief that Shilajit is only good for men, these Shilajit capsules are actually very effective medicine for women too. Besides being the very well known ‘Sex pill’ for men, Shilajit capsules work as a calcium supplement for women that helps increase bone strength and stamina while also helping cope with stress and diabetes. It is useful in PCOS, obesity and other associated symptoms too. Shilajit (Shilajatu) is also beneficial in pacifying vata and kapha dosha (due to its dry, hot properties).
Benefits Of Nirogam Shilajit
Of the many benefits that consuming Shilajit regularly has, here are some of the major ones you can get by taking Nirogam’s Shilajit capsules
- These capsules help in improving cardiac & liver functions.
- They provide a strong defence mechanism against allergy symptoms.
- These capsules work as an antioxidant, nutritive agent, antiasthmatic agent & a blood cleanser.
- They help in improving strength & stamina.
- Help in relieving stress.
- They help support the immune system.
- These capsules help enhance the rehabilitation of muscles, bones & nerves.
- They are also helpful for a wide range of common ailments including bronchial disorders, skin ailments, piles, anaemia, inflammation, excess fat and digestive disorders like dyspepsia, worms and constipation.
What makes our Shilajit capsules the best for your health is the fact that they are made with the purest Shilajit. These capsules are made from Shodhit Shilajit (Purified Shilajit) extracted / derived from raw shilajit, which is a complex mixture of organic compounds obtained as exudates from rock surfaces mainly found in the Himalayas.
How To Use Nirogam Shilajit Capsule
Ideally, Ayurvedic practitioners suggest that patients consume this capsule twice a day, one capsule at a time. But it is also highly recommended that you consult an Ayurvedic doctor at Nirogam before you start using these capsules.
Shilajit possesses several health benefits if consumed in a proper way and in proper quantity. If you are unsure about the proper dosage, kindly consult a doctor to find out the correct amount that will be suitable for you.
1. Can females take Shilajit capsules?
Shilajit contains humic acid and fulvic acid along with several minerals. It is capable of treating several health issues and is a great source of antioxidants. While there are additional benefits of Shilajit in the case of men, it can surely be consume by women as well.
2. Can you use Shilajit daily?
To obtain the best possible results, you must consume Shilajit daily with a glass of warm milk. The general dosage is 300-500 mg every day.
3. Can you take Shilajit with Ashwagandha?
Yes, you can consume Shilajit and Ashwagandha together with a glass of goat’s milk for the best results. The majority of Ayurvedic medicines that contain Shilajit also include parts of Ashwagandha and vice versa.
4. What is the best time to take Shilajit?
The best time to take Shilajit is early in the morning on an empty stomach. It produces a lot of energy and so consuming it in the evening is not a good idea. The reason is that taking Shilajit in the evening may cause sleeplessness.
5. Can you take Shilajit before a workout?
Taking Shilajit before a workout is good & a lot of sportsmen do it too. Shilajit can increase strength and performance during the workout session while making you feel less tired.
6. How do you know that your Shilajit is pure?
You can test the purity of your Shilajit in a few ways. Check if it easily melts in your hands and becomes sticky and gooey or gives a red or golden tint to milk or water once dissolved. Also, it is preferable not to trust Shilajit in powder form. Moreover, Shilajit will never burn off completely, if held against fire.
7. Is Shilajit good in summer?
If you are not suffering from high blood pressure, it is usually alright to take Shilajit during Summers. Make sure you are consuming it with plenty of water instead of milk during the warm season.
8. Is Shilajit good for Diabetes?
Yes, Shilajit treats Diabetes very well. Proper dosage of Shilajit in a regular manner helps lower glucose levels in the body and thus reduce the symptoms of diabetes.
9. Does Shilajit increase Testosterone?
Yes, Shilajit is capable of increasing fertility and Testosterone level in men. It is also one of the major functions of Shilajit.
Dr. Greeshma Nair, (B.A.M.S) is a Staunch believer that Ayurveda is not merely a science but lifestyle too. Her holistic approach towards diagnosis and treatment is based on the root cause of disease and gives you a three-dimensional solution to a condition that includes Ahaar (diet), Vihaar (lifestyle) and Aushadhi (medicines).