Regenerate Shilajit is a proprietary blend of shilajit, ashwagandha, and amalaki. Shilajit is known in India as “the destroyer of weakness.” For thousands of years, shilajit has been used to support energy, memory, absorption of vital nutrients, intelligence, healthy blood sugar, detoxification, and cellular protection. Shilajit is widely known for its ability to support cell function through healthy cellular oxygenation.
In Ayurvedic tradition, shilajit was described as yogavahi. Yogavahis were catalyst substances said to accelerate the properties of other substances.
Suggested Use: Take 1 capsule 3 times per day after meals or as directed by your health care professional.
Bottle Contains: 90 vegetarian capsules, 300 mg each
Ingredients: Organic Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha Root), Asphaltum punjabianum (Shilajit Extract), Organic Phyllanthus emblica (Amla Fruit)
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Does not contain: Yeast, gluten, corn, soy, milk, fish, animal products, binders, fillers, preservatives or artificial coloring
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According to the Ayurvedic Plant Materia Medica, which details over 2000 plants, shilajit was the only substance predicted to address all doshic (vata, pitta or kapha) imbalances. Known for boosting the energy of Himalayan mountain climbers and a favorite snack for the Sherpas, scientifically, shilajit has arrived!
In a thin layer of the earth called the rhizosphere, where living roots interact with microbes and the rocky core of the earth itself, a biomass is formed. Every spring and summer, this biomass thought to be millions of years old literally exudes out of the rocky crevices. This natural black tar-like exudate is called shilajit. (3)
Considered somewhat of a panacea in ancient times, shilajit has recently grabbed the attention of scientists. Shilajit has been labeled an adaptogen, which is a substance that helps the body adapt to both internal and external stressors. (1,2,3) This helps explain why shilajit is renowned for boosting energy, combating fatigue, fighting stress and helping people feel revitalized.
How Does Shilajit Work?
Shilajit works by enhancing the natural production of the body’s primary energy source – adenosine triphosphate, commonly known as ATP. (4) ATP is manufactured in the mitochondria where food is converted into energy. ATP delivers about 95% of the cellular energy that fuels the lion’s share of the body’s energy needs. It is involved in almost every one of the body’s physiological functions. Unfortunately, as a result of stress, chemical toxicity and oxidative damage, mitochondrial production of ATP declines with age.
Studies have linked longevity to the amount of ATP produced as you age. Studies have shown that shilajit can boost ATP production, keeping the mitochondria healthy throughout the aging process. (4,5) The secret ingredients that make shilajit such a powerful agent for ATP production are the naturally-occurring fulvic and humic acids. These are natural compounds found in soil that convert the minerals from the earth into bio-available nutrients for the plant, and then us!
Specifically, fulvic acids stimulate the transfer of energy in the mitochondria, making the energy production of ATP in the mitochondria more efficient. (3,6) Humic acids, on the other hand, speed up the transfer of electrons along the electron transport chain, in turn boosting energy production. (7) Both of these natural acids feed the mitochondria with the fuel it needs to continually deliver ATP and ward off the oxidative stressors linked to aging.
Shilajit and the Brain
One of the most important neurotransmitters for healthy brain function, memory, and cognitive longevity is called acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter is commonly deficient in patients with age-related cognitive decline.
Studies show that shilajit boosts levels of acetylcholine in the brain by reducing levels of the enzymes that break it down. (8) In aging brains, a build-up of proteins within brain cells and the CSF fluid is typically found. Lab studies have found that the fulvic acids can inhibit the build-up of those proteins within brain cells, supporting the body’s natural ability to untangle their aggregates. (9) This may be the mechanism behind findings that suggest shilajit will support a healthy blood-brain barrier and help the brain drain and detox through the brain lymphatics. (16)
Shilajit has also shown to boost parasympathetic activity and decrease the fight-or-flight sympathetic stress which, in excess, is a major degenerative force in the body. In one study, healthy rodents who were given shilajit saw a significant boost in parasympathetic activity that resulted in lower blood pressure, heart and breath rates. Increased parasympathetic activity is also intimately linked to more efficient digestion! (10,11)
Shilajit and CoQ10
CoQ10 is a naturally-occurring antioxidant in the body that is essential for mitochondrial function and the electron transport needed to make energy in the form of ATP. It is also a well-known supplement for supporting heart health. Studies have shown that when the body is depleted of CoQ10, there is increased oxidative damage of the mitochondria. (12) As a potent antioxidant for the body, CoQ10 can quickly become depleted, as it donates many of its electrons for scavenging free radicals.
Shilajit has been shown in study after study to boost the levels of the body’s natural CoQ10 supply. It was found to preserve, revitalize and stabilize CoQ10 levels in its active form, ubiquinol. This effect offers researchers yet another mechanism to help understand how shilajit works to boost the protection of the mitochondria and its healthy production of ATP. (13)
In one study, mice were set up to swim into a state of exhaustion and, as expected, ATP levels were significantly depleted at the end of the exercise. The mice were then separated into 4 groups:
- No supplementation.
- Shilajit alone.
- CoQ10 alone.
- Shilajit and CoQ10 together.
Once more, the mice were set up to swim to levels of exhaustion. ATP levels were measured in the blood, brain, and muscles. The no-supplementation group saw a significant drop in ATP in all tissues. All 3 of the supplemented groups saw a significant boost of ATP in the brain, muscles, and blood. The shilajit group, in particular, prevented any drop in ATP levels after the mice exercised to levels of exhaustion, which should normally reduce ATP levels! (14,15)
Shilajit in Ayurveda
While shilajit has been well-documented as a stress-fighting adaptogen and a substance used to boost the vital energy or mitochondrial energy (ATP) of the body, it has also been used as a natural detoxification agent. In fact, studies show that it is a natural chelator (detoxifying agent) of heavy metals. (17-22)
Top 10 Benefits of Shilajit
1. Shilajit the Adaptogen
Shilajit has been classified as an adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt or process both internal and external stressors. (2, 3) It has been used for thousands of years to fight stress and fatigue while rejuvenating and regenerating tired cells.
2. Shilajit the Energizer
Shilajit works by increasing the production of the body’s primary fuel supply, adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This energy supply is made by the mitochondria in every cell as they convert food into ATP or energy. As we age, the mitochondria make less and less ATP. (3, 4)
3. Shilajit the Anti-Aging Agent
The mitochondria manufacture about 95% of the cellular energy of the body, which dramatically reduces with age. The mitochondria are responsible for muscle strength, hormonal energy and, as it turns out, shilajit is a powerhouse for mitochondrial energy, along with an enzyme called CoQ10. Shilajit alone has been shown to activate, stabilize and revitalize CoQ10, making it more available to boost mitochondrial energy production. (4, 15)
4. Shilajit Battles Fatigue
In one study, mice were given shilajit for 21 days before exposure to a stress procedure. They were forced to swim daily for 15 minutes for 21 consecutive days. They were then given a series of stress tests for endurance and anxiety. The group of mice that took shilajit had significantly less stress and anxiety compared to the group that was not given shilajit. (15)
5. Shilajit the Turbo-Charger
Perhaps the star ingredients in shilajit are the humic acids, which speed up the transfer of electrons and energy to the mitochondria. Studies suggest this is like a turbocharger in your car, but for your mitochondria. (3, 4) In nature, humic acids found in soils are what break down nutrients and deliver them to plants in a digestible form. In the body, they play a similar role. (3)
6. Shilajit Slows an Aging Brain
Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that is critical for brain function, memory, and attention. Stress and aging decrease levels of acetylcholine, and shilajit has been found to inhibit the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine. (8)
7. Shilajit the Brain Detoxifier
Proteins, like beta-amyloid plaque and tau, can build up over time in the brain and cause nerve damage which has been linked to cognitive decline. Shilajit has shown to drive oxygen, minerals, and nutrients into the brain tissue and support the brain’s natural ability to drain these potentially damaging proteins. (25, 26)
8. Shilajit the Fight-or-Flight Blocker
It is accepted that fight-or-flight stress from the sympathetic nervous system is degenerative for the body. The opposite calming parasympathetic nervous system is the rebuilding, repair, rejuvenate, rest-and-digest nervous system. Shilajit has been shown to increase parasympathetic activity, supporting health and longevity. (8)
9. Shilajit the Heart Health Enhancer
Shilajit has been shown to support heart health with lower heart rates, breathing rates and healthy blood pressure when under stress. (23)
10. Shilajit Boosts Performance and Pleasure
Shilajit has been shown to boost performance and reduce worry when under stress. It was also shown to trigger the release of pleasure hormones such a dopamine. (24)
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17. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 22482077
25. Ghosal S. Shilajit in Perspective. Oxford, UK: Narosa Publishing House; 2006
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