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Shilajit Gold: Composition, Health Benefits, Authenticity, Side Effects and Precautions

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Shilajit, Mumijo, Mumie or Mohave Lava Tube is an organic mineral substance found in mountains and caves, its distribution is very rare and is majorly found in Southern Asia. It can be seen from Himalayas, Pamir mountains to Iran, Mongolia and Southern Peru. Despite its wide distribution, the reserves of this raw material are very rare.

It has a very huge history over 4000 years in traditional medicine including ayurvedic, Chinese and Tibetan medicine. Ancient texts written by notable scholars like Aristotle and Biruni mentioned the healing effects of shilajit for various ailments.

Shilajit gold happens when other mineral elements and herbs like gold (Swarna Bhasma), Safed Musli, Gok Shura, and Ashwagandha and Kewanch Beej etc.,

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Composition and Nutritional content

Shilajit itself has fulvic acid upto 60 – 80% and other components like fatty acids, resins, gums, latex, amino acids etc., up to more than 84 different minerals. The combination of shilajit along with the said herbs further enhances its potential benefits.

Though it was used in healing several ailments from head to toe in ancient practices, Now-a-days it is especially used by gym goers and body builders to enhance their stamina and energy.

Health Benefits of Shilajit Gold

Shilajit Gold helps in improving strength and to counter weakness post any kind of tissue damage or illness. As said, it also helps boost stamina and also in strengthening muscles. It also helps in increasing good cholesterol and reduces bad cholesterol, hence good cardiovascular health.

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It also enhances overall fertility and sexual drive by improving testosterone and other female hormones. As it supports our cognitive function, it acts as a great energy booster. It also has antioxidants and neuroprotective effects.

A study was done in 2012, where researchers gave Shilajit to lab rats for 21 days and then alongside, they were also induced CFS (Cognitive Fatigue Syndrome – which is a chronic condition causing fatigue and tiredness) by making them forcefully swim for 15 minutes. In results, they found that shilajit helped them reduce the effects of CFS.

How to Identify Pure Shilajit Gold

As per our ancient classical texts, a pure shilajit should burn without smoke and should puff upon being subjected to fire. A pure Shilajit is also said to hold its form and will not separate into clumps. It will only dissolve in warm water or milk and will give us a golden or reddish liquid.

There is also the smell test where, when we keep pure shilajit few inches away from the nose and it should have a robust, pungent smokey smell. Foods like meals, spicy contents, citrus, meat, fish and honey should be avoided taking along with shilajit as per Times of India.

Potential Side Effects and Precautions

First of all, experts says that, pregnant, breastfeeding moms and children should not take shilajit in any forms.

A study found that, Shilajit can increase the iron levels in our blood, so people who have conditions having high iron or on a iron rich diet should avoid shilajit gold.

In people, who consumed large quantities of shilajit for prolonged time, showed weakness, dizziness and irregular heartbeat.

It also, when consumed in large quantity increases uric acid, sperm count and testosterone levels abnormally, which can also be fatal.

Impure shilajit may contain heavy metals like lead and mercury and is also prone to fungus.

So, it is better to consult with a professional before incorporating Shilajit or Shilajit Gold in your diet.

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