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June 16, 2020 5 min read

Shilajit resin, ‘the Conqueror of Weakness’ - a title it so rightly deserves.

A staple in traditional folk medicine, including Ayurvedic, Shilajit resin has long been used to treat a wide range of conditions, from chronic fatigue to impotence. Once the best-kept-secret of the Altai mountains, this whole-body healing tar is now readily available to buy as a holistic dietary supplement.

But just how many of you know the true health benefits of Shilajit resin? Here we’ll take you on a journey of exploration, uncovering the many uses and benefits of Shilajit, proving it's worth its weight in gold.

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What is Shilajit Resin?

Before we delve into the health benefits of Shilajit, let’s share the basics. After all, not everyone reading this will be familiar with holistic medicine, and we at MountainLife seek to make it as accessible and inclusive as possible.

Shilajit naturally occurs in high mountain ranges including the Himalayas and Altai mountains, nestled deep within Siberia. The black resin forms over many centuries, from decomposed organic plant matter, hiding between layers of mountainous rock. It’s easy to identify by its sticky, tar-like appearance and potent earthy smell.

But appearances can be deceptive. While the sticky Shilajit resin may not look like much, it actually contains over 85 different vitamins and minerals. Essentially, it’s a fuel for the body, offering exactly what it needs to flourish and thrive.

Vitamins and minerals found in Shilajit include:

  • Vitamin A
  • B Vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B9, B12)
  • Copper gluconate
  • Potassium phosphate
  • Iron
  • Manganese gluconate
  • Chromium picolinate
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

But most importantly of all, Shilajit resin is rich in Fulvic acid, a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant with a whole host of health benefits ready to discover.

Benefits of Shilajit Resin

With Fulvic acid, Humic acid and a plethora of other vitamins and minerals, Shilajit resin is a safe and effective supplement that will have a positive impact on both your physical health and general well being. It’s worth noting that the power of Shilajit is not limited to the 10 health benefits we’ll share. However, these are perhaps some of the most interesting and important uses of the substance.

1. Relieves tiredness

Shilajit resin is a great supplement for increasing your energy at a cellular level. It is often used as a treatment forChronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS / ME), as it is thought to boost the function of Mitochondria in the cells, where the body’s energy is generated.

Extreme fatigue can also be a sign of iron deficiency anaemia. This is a common condition where the blood does not have enough red blood cells or erythrocytes due to a deficiency of iron. You may become anaemic for several different reasons, however, it is often a result of a lack of iron in your diet. With its high iron content, a daily dosage of Shilajit may be just what your body needs.

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2. Increases strength

If you’re into fitness, body-building or simply want to maintain a healthy physical appearance, you’ll be interested to hear about the benefits of Shilajit.

The rich Fulvic acid content in Shilajit aids the absorption of nutrients in the body. Basically, when you eat, it will make sure your body gets as many minerals and benefits from your food sources as possible. The nutrients will feed your muscle cells, allowing for improved growth, strength, recovery and repair.

3. Boosts immune system

Do you seem to catch every bug going? Taking steps to strengthen your immune system will benefit your overall health. And all it may take is an extra boost of vitamins and minerals.

The zinc, copper, iron and manganese found in Shilajit will support crucial enzymes like Superoxide Dismutase, Catalase and Glutathione in your body, helping them to work more efficiently. These enzymes act as your body’s armour and help protect it from the germs, bugs and stresses that attack your immune system on a daily basis.

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4. Skin benefits

Ageing is both inevitable and a privilege, however, given the choice, many of us would put off the signs of ageing for as long as possible. Shilajit resin, rich in fulvic acid, has powerful antioxidant properties that fight against free radicals and flush out toxins known to cause early signs of ageing.

In addition, the copper found in Shilajit assists in the production of collagen. This is the structural protein, found in the connective tissues of your body. Greater collagen production tightens the skin, reduces wrinkles and allows for the healthy regeneration of skin cells.

Our customers also report cleaner skin, fewer breakouts and stronger hair and nails, through taking Shilajit daily.

5. Promotes healthy bones

Unfortunately, ageing doesn’t just affect our skin but our bones too. As we get older, they become fragile, weaker and more prone to permanent damage.

The good news is that Shilajit has positive effects on overall bone health. For one, it contains good amounts of calcium, which as you’ll know is essential to healthy bones.

Secondly, it assists the body in absorbing important nutrients from food sources. These nutrients feed, strengthen and support the bones, whilst warding off debilitating conditions like Osteoporosis.

6. Cognitive benefits

Did you know that Shilajit resin is great for protecting and promoting the brain’s cognitive functions? The Fulvic Acid in Shilajit has strong antioxidant properties that prevent the accumulation of Tau protein, found to damage brain cells.

Shilajit also works to protect and nourish neurons in the brain. It has even been linked with theprevention and management of cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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7. Supports good mental health

Anxiety and depression are common mental health conditions that affect people of all ages and from all walks of life. Some people choose to seek professional help and prescribed medications. Others find ways to manage their mental health themselves. There is no right or wrong answer. It’s about what works for you.

Having said this, it’s worth knowing that symptoms of depression and poor mental health are often linked with low levels of zinc, potassium and magnesium in the body. Increasing your intake of these vital minerals, with a daily dosage of Shilajit may relieve expressions of poor mental health and benefit your overall well being.

8. Fights off cancer

The Fulvic acid in Shilajit resin is a super antioxidant that can kick your body’s immune system up a notch but that’s not where it ends. According to several studies, Shilajit may be toxic against several types of cancer including lung, ovarian, breast, colon and liver. Again, this is down to its high content of Fulvic acid and Humic acid, which may prevent the growth and spread of cancerous cells.

9. Benefits of Shilajit for men’s health

Shilajit has long been used as an effective treatment for infertility in men. A scientific study of 60 infertile men found that more than half of those prescribed a Shilajit supplement saw an increase in sperm count and greater sperm motility.

Can Shilajit increase testosterone too? Yes. Anotherscientific study found that testosterone levels increased substantially in men aged between 45 and 55, who took Shilajit twice daily.

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10. Shilajit for women’s health

Shilajit is often regarded as a holistic supplement for men - perhaps because the male benefits have attracted the most media attention. However, there are many benefits of Shilajit for women’s health too. In fact, it can help to normalise the level of female reproductive hormones in the body, including oestrogen and progesterone. Both essential hormones for regulating the menstrual cycle. What’s more, taking Shilajit is also said to reduce menstrual pain and cramps.

Where to buy Shilajit Resin

As more and more people discover the health benefits of Shilajit resin and its popularity grows, so does the number of Shilajit UK retailers. While competition is never a bad thing for consumers, it’s important to do your research and make sure you’re buying an authentic product from a trusted source.

You can read about our sourcing and testing procedures on our website, along with our brand ethics. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thomas Sharp
Thomas Sharp


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