Shilajit extract comes from material that is extruded from sedimentary rocks worldwide, largely in the Himalayas. It is used extensively by Ayurevedic practitioners for a variety of ailments including for its promise to increase longevity. It is composed of fulvic acid, rock minerals and other organic substances that have been compressed by the layers of rock mixed with marine organisms and microbial metabolites.
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.
A randomised clinical study confirmed the traditional use of shilajit for male reproductive purposes. 96 patients were enrolled, and the study found that treatment with shilajit extract significantly increased increase total testosterone, free testosterone, and another hormone called dehydroepiandrosterone, which is a precursor to testosterone and estrogen.
Shilajit extract is primarily used to increase levels of testosterone. It may also be used to slow the onset of age-related cognitive decline.
The most common reason for taking shilajit extract relates to having lower-than-normal levels of testosterone. Signs include low sex drive, fatigue, reduced muscle mass and erectile dysfunction.
If you are suffering from forgetfulness or absentmindedness, you may also benefit from taking shilajit extract.
Carrasco-Gallardo, C. et al. Shilajit: A Natural Phytocomplex with Potential Procognitive Activity. International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease .2012; 2012: 674142.
Pandit, S. et al. Clinical evaluation of purified Shilajit on testosterone levels in healthy volunteers. Andrologia. June 2016, volume 48, issue 5; pages 570-575.
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