Shilajit as a substance was known since the days of antiquity. It is believed to have been used for more than three thousand years. Prominent scientists and medics of the past such as Biruni, Avicenna and Aristotle wrote about this substance in their works. Nevertheless, it is still not known exactly what it is. There are many different opinions.
Nowadays, the most common definition says that Shilajit is a natural mixture of organic and inorganic water-soluble matter, which is formed in cracks of voids and niches in the form of brown, dark brown or black resinous masses. Shilajit from different countries and from different deposits have a similar qualitative composition, but differ in the ratio of individual parts. At the same time, various methods are now being used for research, which made it possible to determine the composition of various types of Shilajit mined from different deposits. Shilajit deposits are found in different countries and regions in mountainous areas: in India, Mongolia, Iran, Arabia, Indonesia, Australia, Burma, South America, China, Nepal, Afghanistan, and countries of northeast Africa. They are all different in climate and other characteristics, thus producing different kinds of Shilajit.
For example, the isotopic composition of Altai Shilajit is close to the composition of the remnants of mountain vegetation, which is characteristic for areas of 5,000 to 10,000 feet above the sea level, the age of Shilajit in the Altai caves being from a hundred to a thousand years minimum. Shilajit does not form on the plains. It is found in the mountains: in caves, grottoes, with a lot of limestone deposits which atmospheric fluctuations and melt water do not affect.
The composition of Shilajit is very complex. Scientists are constantly debating over it, but they didn’t come to a single conclusion so far. What they have found, though, is that Shilajit is extremely rich in elements and trace minerals.
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Shilajit contains over 80 components - vital substances for the body, including plant-based antibiotics and anticoagulants, it also contains almost all the elements of the periodic table, humic and fulvic acids, as well as amino acids, which play a crucial role for the human body.
Shilajit contains interchangeable and irreplaceable amino acids (glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, phenylalanine, methionine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, lysine, arginine, valine, aspartic acid, etc.), monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated, unsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids (oleinic, linolenic, etc.), phospholipids, organic acids (hippuric, benzoic, adipic, succinic, citric, oxalic, lichenic, choleic, tartaric, etc.), essential oils, resins, resinous substances, steroids, alaloids, enzymes, chlorophyll tanning substances, cumarins, terpenoids, carotenoids (provitamin A), flavonoids (including rutin - vitamin P), vitamins B1, B2, B 3, B 6, B12, C, E, and also about 60 trace minerals ( potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, zinc, copper, sulfur, silicon, selenium, chromium, silver, etc.).
The composition of Shilajit depends largely on the place where it was mined, therefore, in different samples of Shilajit, from different deposits, its composition will vary. Nevertheless, all of them include such elements as the following, to name a few:
Glutamic acid is present in the human body as the composition of proteins, a number of low molecular substances and in free form. It plays an important role in nitrogen metabolism and is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses.
Glycine is necessary for the restoration of the nervous system and the normalization of mental activity. It relieves nervous tension after prolonged physical exertion, improves overall well-being and mood, relieves psychological fatigue and increases mental performance. It is involved in the synthesis of antibodies and immunoglobulins, therefore it is important for the normal state of the human immunity.
Histidine belongs to irreplaceable amino acids. In children, it is not synthesized in the body, in adults it is synthesized, but not in full. It is a precursor of histamine, which causes allergic reactions, but also plays an important role in the overall immunity. Histidine is part of hemoglobin, it is involved in the transfer of oxygen. It also contributes to the growth of tissues and their regeneration in case of damage.
Phenylalanine is the starting component for the synthesis of another amino acid - tyrosine, and many other substances which are necessary for the body are synthesized from it: adrenaline, dopamine, norepinephrine. These compounds are neurotransmitters and directly affect the mental state of a person, his emotional mood, clarity of consciousness and sharpness of thinking. Phenylalanine is also needed for the thyroid gland to produce tyrosine, which, in turn, is necessary for the absorption of nutrients entering the body. Phenylalanine is also needed for the synthesis of endorphins (“hormones of happiness”). In addition to influencing mood, endorphins reduce pain and accelerate recovery.
Methionine promotes the absorption of fats, preventing them from accumulating in the liver and on the walls of arteries, therefore it is very important in the prevention of atherosclerosis. It also has the ability to cleanse the liver of excess fat, preventing its fat degeneration. It participates in the synthesis of phospholipids and other substances, activates hormones, and vitamins and enzymes from those that can neutralize various toxins. Methionine improves digestion, strengthens muscles, facilitates the course of toxiosis during pregnancy. It is needed for the synthesis of nucleic acids, collagen and other proteins involved in the construction of the body’s tissues.
Threonine supports the work of the liver, cardiovascular, central nervous and immune systems. It is necessary for the synthesis of glycine and serine, which are responsible for the production of collagen (the basis of the connective tissue of the body), elastin (the protein responsible for the elasticity of the connective tissue) and muscle tissue. In the heart muscle, threonine is present in significant quantities. It helps the formation of firm bones and tooth enamel and can speed up wound healing and recovery from injuries. Threonine helps the liver break down fats and fatty acids. Without a sufficient amount of threonine in the body, fats can accumulate in the liver and ultimately lead to liver failure. Threonine supports the immune system, helping in the production of antibodies. Tryptophan is necessary for humans. In the body, it is converted to serotonin (the “hormone of happiness”). Serotonin gives a feeling of emotional well-being, and it also turns into melatonin, which regulates the biological clock. Tryptophan, among other things, controls appetite.
Lysine is very important for the assimilation of proteins; when it is lacking, no matter what proteins there are in food, they will not be assimilated. It is also needed for the production of collagen, a component of connective material. Strength and elasticity of the ligaments and tendons depend on it. Lysine contributes to the absorption of calcium and its incorporation into the bone tissue, so it is important at an older age for the prevention of osteoporosis. It normalizes fat metabolism and prevents the development of atherosclerosis. It contributes to the production of antibodies, hormones of the endocrine system and enzymes of the digestive system, ensures the absorption of amino acids. Lysine is important for the effective functioning of the brain, while its deficiency can worsen short-term memory and ability to concentrate. Arginine helps maintain cholesterol, normal blood pressure, stimulates the production of insulin and thereby maintains normal blood sugar. It also improves the immune system.
Valine increases muscle endurance. Together with leucine and isoleucine, it serves as a source of energy during metabolism in muscles. It helps with insomnia and nervousness, since it prevents the decrease in the level of serotonin (“hormone of happiness”). Valine suppresses appetite. Valine also decreases the body's sensitivity to pain, cold and heat. Retinol (Vitamin A) improves metabolism and growth, increases the body's resistance to infections, normalizes vision in low-light conditions. Red and orange fruits contain carotene (provitamin A), which in the body turns into vitamin A. Carotene is better absorbed from foods containing fat.
Tocoferol (vitamin E) normalizes the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates, improves the functioning of the heart muscle.
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) normalizes protein, fat, carbohydrate and mineral metabolism, the function of the nervous system, circulatory and digestive organs, and increases the body's resistance to infections.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is involved in the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, normalizes the function of the nervous system, liver, and improves metabolic rate.
Niacin (Vitamin PP or B3) regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, cholesterol, iron, the functional state of the central nervous system, lowers blood pressure, increases the excretion of gastric acid, and improves the general condition of the liver.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) regulates metabolism, fats, and hemoglobin synthesis.
Pyridosine (Vitamin B6) normalizes protein and fat metabolism, liver function, and hemoglobin synthesis.
Cyanoobalamin (Vitamin B12) regulates blood circulation, increases the body's resistance to infections, and reduces the deposition of fat in the liver.
Asorbic acid (Vitamin C) regulates the metabolism of proteins, fats, carbohydrates. It increases the body's resistance to infections and improves the function of the kidney and liver.
Flavonoids (vitamin P) is a group of substances with a total number of about 150, which are neededl for the human body. One of these substances is rutin, which is sometimes called vitamin P. Regular use of vitamin P normalizes the condition of the capillaries, increasing their strength and elasticity, it lowers blood pressure, and slows down the heart rate. Daily use of rutin in the amount of 60 mg for 4 weeks can reduce intraocular pressure. Vitamin P is also involved in gall formation, it helps regulate the daily urine output. One of the flavonoids, catechin, which can be found in the green tea leaves, is recognized as an effective antioxidant. It protects the body cells from free radicals, thereby slowing down the aging process It increases the body's resistance to negative external factors and restores immunity. With antibacterial properties, catechins also protect from colds and infections.
Sodium is in the blood plasma and in extracellular fluid. It participates in the formation of hydrochloric acid, in metabolic processes. The need for sodium chloride increases with heavy sweating, hard physical labor, playing sports, eating plant foods containing high amounts of potassium.
Potassium is mainly located inside cells. It regulates the function of the heart, adrenal glands, and enhances the excretion of liquids and sodium from the body.
Calcium takes part in bones and teeth formation. A small amount of calcium can be found in blood. It regulates the permeability of cell membranes and coagulation of blood, balance of the processes of excitation and inhibition in the brain. When deficient in food, pathological fractures and softening of bones as well as muscle cramps are possible.
Magnesium is involved in the metabolism of proteins, fats, carbohydrates. It is part to many enzymes, it dilates blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, increases the amount of excreted urine, it improves gall secretion, and has a laxative and sedative effect.
Iron is a part of hemoglobin and enzymes that are involved in redox processes.
Copper is involved in the process of cell breathing, the synthesis of hemoglobin and the maturation of red blood cells. With its insufficiency, anemia can develop in the body.
Zinc enhances the action of various hormones, improves hemoglobin formation and the formation of red blood cells, it helps with wound healing, and increases the body's resistance to infections. It is necessary for normal growth.
Manganese prevents the deposition of fat in the liver, improves hemoglobin formation, increases immunity, improves the metabolism of proteins and certain vitamins (B1, B6, C, E).
Chromium helps to normalize cholesterol metabolism.
Oleic Acid is also known as Omega-9 Fatty Acid. It takes part in the construction of biological membranes of the cell. If the body uses other acids to build cell membranes without oleic acid, then the permeability of the membranes drastically changes, and this immediately worsens the condition of the body. In addition, Omega-9 fatty acids do not affect blood cholesterol, but at the same time they prevent the formation of cholesterol deposits in blood vessels, thereby preventing atherosclerosis, vascular thrombosis, etc.
These are only some of the many elements found in Shilajit. All of their features have been long known to scientists and lots of clinical tests have been conducted to verify the efficacy of each of these components.
Shilajit proves to be a really unique substance created by Nature, full of most potent and, what is more important, vital elements necessary for a human being.
In our previous article, we have discussed the major health benefits of Shilajit and how it could help with numerous conditions. However, we did not cover the potential side effects of Shilajit.
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