Amazing Shilajit Benefits For Women: Detox Support, Anti-Aging & More



Shilajit is an ancient herbal remedy that’s been used in Ayurvedic medicine and Hinduism since the second century CE. The name shilajit means conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness. Women today use it to boost energy, combat fatigue, and treat infertility, among other conditions. While shilajit is best known as an Ayurvedic herb and part of the ancient Hindu religion, its benefits aren’t limited to only Hindus or Ayurvedic practitioners—anyone can benefit from shilajit!


Ready to dig into more of the best shilajit benefits for women? Read on to learn more!


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What Is Shilajit?


Shilajit is a sticky black, tar-like substance found in the rocks of the Himalayan, Tibetan and Altai mountain ranges. It forms over hundreds of years as mineral-rich plants decompose on and around the rocks. For this reason, Shilajit is considered a “millennary” product of nature - it takes a great deal of time to form before it can be collected, and it cannot be replicated in a lab. Shilajit is a natural source of a range of macro and trace minerals as well as fulvic and humic acid. Fulvic and humic acids are organic by-products of the microbes that form Shilajit. They both bind to specific nutrients necessary for anti-aging and detox, which is why Shilajit boasts a number of antioxidant and immune-supportive benefits. It also contains over 85 minerals including phosphorus, silicon (for hair & nails), sulfur (liver detoxification) and magnesium (necessary for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the human body).


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Shilajit: An Ancient Medicine


Shilajit was well revered in ancient Eastern traditions as a powerful Ayurvedic medicine. It’s also referred to as Shilajeet, Silaras, Mimie, Mummiyo or Shilajatu. The oldest records of Shilajit being used for its medicinal properties date back well over 5,000 years. In ancient Ayurvedic medicine, Shilajit was considered a rasayana, meaning it increases longevity, rejuvenates the body, and slows down the aging process. Traditionally, Shilajit has been consumed for centuries by a number of mountain-dwelling cultures, including the Sherpas, who for many years have been a population of very healthy people with exceptional longevity. They commonly gave their children Shilajit with a glass of milk as a snack.


Long after these ancient cultures established Shilajit as a healing Ayurvedic medicine, in 1870, a British explorer named Sir Martin Edward Stanley observed that monkeys in the Himalayas seemed to live much longer, and remained agile well into their old age. He realized the monkeys were consuming a black tar-like substance off of rocks. Later, local indigenous communities confirmed that the monkeys were consuming Shilajit. This is how news of the miraculous anti-aging substance was spread to Britain and later America.



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Shilajit: Fountain Of Youth?


The benefits of Shilajit for women are many. The #1 benefit of Shilajit is its potent anti-aging properties. This is due to its high concentration of fulvic acid. Fulvic acid is a potent antioxidant that reduces free radical damage in the body. All aging, including formation of chronic diseases, comes down to oxidation of the organs and tissues. Shilajit is incredible for skin health, wrinkles, reversing gray hairs, improving metabolism, combatting fatigue, and balancing hormones.


Shilajit is also a potent source of trace minerals, which many of us are lacking. Due to unsustainable farming practices over the last 200 years, our soils have become devoid of essential minerals. The only way to get enough of these essential minerals is through supplementation. Shilajit is a natural way to consume high amounts of these minerals in their most natural form, combined with fulvic and humic acids to drive the minerals into the cell.


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Shilajit Benefits For Chronic Health Conditions


Preclinical investigations of Shilajit show great promise in its ability to improve a number of chronic health conditions, including but not limited to Alzheimer’s disease (and other neurological disorders), genitourinary disorders, jaundice, digestive disorders, enlarged spleen, epilepsy, nervous disorders, chronic bronchitis, and anemia (1). Shilajit has been also useful for the treatment of kidney stones, edema, and hemorrhoids, as an internal antiseptic, and to reduce anorexia. “Also, it has been claimed in India to be used as yogavaha, that is, as synergistic enhancer of other drugs. Organic components of shilajit play also a role in transporting different mineral substances to their cellular targets.” (1).



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Shilajit Benefits For Fertility


There are also a number of demonstrated benefits in the use of Shilajit to improve fertility in both men and women. “In Ayurveda, Shilajit is employed for the management of male reproductive disorders, and in particular, under the parlance of Vrisya (an aphrodisiac with special reference to spermatogenesis)” (2). Proving this ancient practice correct, a 2015 clinical trial showed that ingestion of Shilajit for 90 days significantly increased testosterone (2). This means Shilajit could be a promising remedy for men struggling with low testosterone and low fertility.


Unfortunately there are no current human studies on Shilajit’s impact on female fertility. However, a recent study on female rats consuming Shilajit for 6 weeks did demonstrate an ovogenic effect, as the Shilajit induced ovulation in 7 out of 9 rats (3). Based on this evidence and the many other demonstrated benefits of Shilajit, it’s reasonable to assume that this ancient remedy can benefit female fertility and sex hormone balance as well.


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Shilajit Benefits for Detoxification/Liver Health


The liver is one of our body’s biggest detoxifiers. In today’s society, our livers are bogged down with a number of toxins such as pesticides, air pollutants, molds, toxic chemicals in body care products, microplastics, car fumes, toxic food additives and much more. The good news is, Shilajit shows promising potential in reversing liver damage and improving detox capacity.


In a recent study, Shilajit was shown to drastically improve liver markers associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) (3). The findings suggest that Shilajit improved the histopathological NAFLD changes in the liver and indicated the potential applicability of Shilajit as a potent agent for NAFLD treatment.


Shilajit Benefits For Fatigue and Stress


Shilajit also functions as an adaptogen. Adaptogens “increase the state of non-specific resistance in stress and decrease sensitivity to stressors, which results in stress protection, and prolong the phase of resistance (stimulatory effect)” (4).


Shilajit also has the ability to reduce cortisol, our primary stress hormone. In a study on rats, Shilajit functioned as a protector against chronic fatigue and anxiety. This is due to Shilajit’s ability to decrease cortisol levels and protect the body from oxidative stress. For women with cortisol dysregulation, Shilajit may be a way to regulate hormones and balance out the body’s “flight or fight” response.


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Considerations When Buying Shilajit


Although Shilajit touts many incredible health benefits for women, not all Shilajit is created equal. It’s important to purchase from reputable brands with transparent sourcing practices.


Does Shilajit Contain Heavy Metals?


Many people are concerned about potentially toxic heavy metals in Shilajit. This is where sourcing becomes important. Trustworthy brands will provide a Certificate of Analysis showing the average levels of heavy metals in their product (keep in mind, most foods contain some heavy metals, it’s the dose that matters). The brand that I personally use and trust is Pure Himalayan Shilajit (code HEALWITHSUMMER15 saves 15% off your order!) Pure Himalayan’s Shilajit is proven to fall well within heavy metal safety standards.



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How To Safely Consume Shilajit


Even when you purchase Shilajit from a trustworthy brand, it’s important to take safety precautions when consuming it for the first time. This is true with any new supplement you are adding into your diet regimen.


These are the dosing recommendations from Pure Himalayan Shilajit:


  • Be careful not to exceed the listed maximum dose

  • Don’t take Shilajit every day. Instead, take it 3-4 times per week. This allows the body to adjust to the trace minerals. Shilajit can shuttle out heavy metals and toxins stored in the body which can also cause detox reactions, so it’s best to take it slow in the beginning.

  • Cycle your use of Shilajit. After consuming Shilajit for 4-6 weeks, take a 3-4 month break.

  • Store Shilajit in a cool place out of direct sunlight.

  • Do not give Shilajit to children.

Is Shilajit Worth Trying For Women?


New reports are published every year demonstrating the numerous positive effects of Shilajit for women. I personally take my favorite brand, Pure Himalayan Shilajit, on a consistent basis (taking a break every 4-6 weeks as recommended). I think Shilajit is worth trying, especially for women who suffer from chronic health conditions. Our soils are critically depleted of necessary minerals and nutrients, so I am always a proponent of natural products that add trace minerals and fulvic/humic acid back into the human diet.


Visit Pure Himalayan Shilajit’s website and use code HEALWITHSUMMER15 to take 15% off your order today! Pure Himalayan Shilajit is rigorously tested and sourced responsibly. I like their liquid Shilajit drops to add into my daily adrenal cocktail, as well as their convenient Shilajit tablets.


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*This is not medical advice. Please consult with your doctor before adding any supplement to your daily regimen. Summer is a registered Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and is not licensed to treat or cure any medical disease.


Sources

  1. Carrasco-Gallardo C, Guzmán L, Maccioni RB. Shilajit: a natural phytocomplex with potential procognitive activity. Int J Alzheimers Dis. 2012;2012:674142. doi:10.1155/2012/674142 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3296184/

  2. Pandit, 2015, Clinical evaluation of purified Shilajit on testosterone levels in healthy volunteers https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/and.12482

  3. Park JS, Kim GY, Han K. The spermatogenic and ovogenic effects of chronically administered Shilajit to rats. J Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Oct 11;107(3):349-53. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2006.03.039. Epub 2006 Apr 18. PMID: 16698205. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16698205/

  4. Panossian A, Wikman G. Effects of Adaptogens on the Central Nervous System and the Molecular Mechanisms Associated with Their Stress-Protective Activity. Pharmaceuticals (Basel). 2010;3(1):188-224. Published 2010 Jan 19. doi:10.3390/ph3010188 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3991026/

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