HEALTHY MIRACLE OF NATURE
So, there’s already a blog out there about beneficial ingredients in Shilajit and you might ask yourself why do we need another. Well, the answer is simple. Since this amazing gift of nature is filled with over 85 healthy substances it is kind of hard to fit everything into one blog post, thus, we continue our learning journey here. If you want to go over the first article, just click here. For everybody else who already read trough that, just sit back and read on. Time to learn more about Shilajit.
Vitamin B complex
The B complex actually means that there several different B vitamins that have a somewhat similar chemical structure but are very different in the way they affect our health. What do we mean by that?
Well, Thiamine (vitamin B1) plays an important role in normal cellular function, growth, and development, mainly through its involvement in protein and carbohydrate metabolism, but also plays a role in reducing oxidative cellular stress and in the normal functioning of the nervous system. Adequate intake of thiamine is important for maintaining health and well-being and reducing risk factors for the development of the diseases, and at the same time, it can act as a supportive agent in diabetic nephropathy and retinopathy.
Vitamin B2 also called Riboflavin, can actually be found in a vast number of different foods, though it’s never present in bigger quantities. It plays an important role in the metabolism of nutrients, proper functioning of the nervous system, maintenance of healthy mucous membranes, skin, vision, and it plays a role in reducing fatigue and exhaustion while protecting the body from oxidative stress. Riboflavin supplies are only available in the body for 1 to 2 weeks, so it is important to ingest it regularly.
Vitamin B3 Niacin is a precursor molecule for two very important cofactors in the body: NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) and NADP (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate), which are involved in many enzymatic and redox reactions. Niacin has a proven role in releasing energy in metabolism, nervous system functions, normal psychological functioning, maintaining healthy mucous membranes and skin, and plays a role in reducing fatigue and exhaustion. Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) is important in the synthesis of coenzyme A, which is involved in many enzymatic reactions in the body and consequently crucial for the normal metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids. In addition, due to its involvement in the synthesis of cholesterol, vitamin D, amino acids, phospholipids, and fatty acids, pantothenic acid affects the functioning of nerves and brain cells and is also important for its involvement in the production of neurotransmitters and steroid hormones.
Vitamin B7 (biotin) is a coenzyme that has an important function in the metabolism of macronutrients, the breakdown of essential amino acids, the formation of fatty acids and helps the nervous system and normal psychological functioning, while biotin contributes to maintaining healthy hair, skin, and mucous membranes.
Vitamin B9 (folic acid or folate) is involved in many biological processes in the body, including amino acid synthesis, cell division, blood formation, homocysteine metabolism, and is also required for normal psychological functioning, normal functioning of the immune system, and reducing fatigue and exhaustion. Adequate folate intake during pregnancy has also been shown to contribute to normal fetal development.
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) has a role in reducing fatigue and exhaustion, but it is also necessary for the normal functioning of the immune and nervous systems, for normal psychological functioning, participates in nutrient metabolism, DNA synthesis, and homocysteine metabolism. Vitamin B12 also participates in the process of red blood cell formation, and at the same time plays a very important role in converting the reserve and transport forms of folic acid into its effective form.
Many people struggle with low iron in their blood which can have many negative impacts on their health. Luckily, Shilajit is full of iron and will cover all of your needs. And why is Iron so important? Well, it’s an essential element for the body with many important roles – it participates in the transport and storage of oxygen, but is also a cofactor in the metabolism of certain nutrients. It also plays a major role in life important redox reactions: DNA synthesis, electron and oxygen transfer, respiration, metabolism of amino acids, fats, alcohol, vitamin A and sulfite. Chronic iron deficiency (and associated anemia) is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the world – characteristic of both developed and underdeveloped countries. Reduced iron stores may initially appear to be a loss of appetite, and a more serious deficiency can adversely affect physical performance, decreased iron-related enzymes function, disruption of thermoregulation, and also compromise immune resistance due to iron involvement in the immune system, which is reflected in increased sensitivity organism.
You probably heard about it many times, and rightly so. And just as it happens, Shilajit is full of it, so it would be a shame not to mention this amazing mineral. The reason is, that Magnesium (Mg) is an essential mineral for humans – we have about 25 g in the body of an adult, most of it in the bones (50-60%). As a cofactor, it is involved in more than 300 enzymatic systems involved in protein synthesis, cell division, muscle, nerve and heart function, blood glucose regulation, and blood pressure. It is required for energy metabolism, especially in the process of oxidative phosphorylation and glycolysis. It is involved in maintaining healthy bones and teeth, nervous system function, and normal psychological functioning, electrolyte balance, while being important for normal DNA and RNA formation. Magnesium requirements depend on the individual’s age, growth period, physical activity, pregnancy or lactation, exposure to stress, the amount of fluid consumed, as well as the consumption of certain medications and health status. Greater needs may occur due to diarrhea, vomiting, consumption of laxatives and diuretics, alcohol abuse, type II diabetes, or hyperparathyroidism. The recommended daily intake of Mg is around 375mg; women usually need a bit smaller quantity than men. Also, only between 30 and 60% of ingested magnesium is absorbed. Reduced absorption and losses of magnesium are caused by dietary fiber, phytic acid (phytates), caffeine, phosphate, and some processing (mainly cooking) and processing (some fertilizers) causes losses. In patients with bowel disease, polyuria, type II diabetes, and diarrhea, absorption is further reduced.
DBPs and DCPs
Since we already wrote a whole blog about it (which you can find here), we’ll try to give you just a quick overview. Simply put, they are components that compose Shilajit (among others). DBPs mean dibenzo-α-pyrones and DCPs stand for Dibenzo-α-pyrone chromoproteins. Also, the humification of ammonites involving DBPs and DCPs is another noteworthy aspect of the mechanism of formation of Shilajit, but you can read more about that in the previous articles. They exhibit a variety of biological activities such as cytotoxic, antioxidant, antiallergic, antimicrobial, antinematodal, and acetylcholinesterase inhibitory properties. At least 53 dibenzo-α-pyrones have been reported in the past few decades.
Interestingly enough, these Shilajit bioactives occur also in living animals and in human blood. In Shilajit, both biotic and abiotic routes would seem to be operative while in meteorites only the abiotic route would be operative. The above facts relating to the existence of od DBP and fullerene-DBP adduct in human beings would suggest a long history of occurrence of these bioactive subjects of Shilajit. The unusual stability of Shilajit and its bioactive products could be due to the contribution of Shale containing metal and mineral ions.
Processed Shilajit has been reported to exhibit a number of important biological activities in animals and in human beings. Among these, energy transduction and blood sugar-lowering effects are prominent. The other bioactivities induce sustained lowering of blood pressure, beneficient cardiac effects, aphrodisiac action, improvement of learning acquisition, memory retrieval, and immunomodulation. The bioactives in Shilajit were found to be DBPs, DCPs, FAs, fullerenes, and fullerene-DBP adducts. However, the contributions of DBPs, DCPs, and FAs were only partially established because of the lack of complete characterization. It’s now been found that processed Shilajit should contain fullerene and fullerene adducts as the fourth and fifth obligatory bioactives in addition to DBPs, DCPs, and Fas.
STEROLS & PHOSPHOLIPIDS
Since this blog post is getting kind of long, we’re going to focus on one more important group of beneficial ingredients in Shilajit. Their role is often overlooked, but we’ll tell you what you shouldn’t do that.
Firstly, Sterols reduce the cholesterol levels in people with an inherited tendency toward high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia). Sterols are effective for reducing cholesterol levels in children and adults with high cholesterol levels due to familial hypercholesterolemia. Secondly, when taken, people who are also following a low-fat or cholesterol-lowering diet can use plant sterols to reduce total and “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol more than the diet alone.
Furthermore, Phospholipids, a class of lipids, or fats, are especially crucial to the health of both cell membranes and neurotransmitters. Brain cell membranes are rich in two phospholipids in particular: phosphatidylserine (PS) and phosphatidylcholine (PC), with PC accounting for the larger percentage. In our cells, the phospholipids line up in a lipid bilayer where the head of the molecule points outward and the tail inward, which helps to create a selectively permeable membrane to ions and most polar molecules. They also help with energy production, protection of gastrointestinal mucosa, support cell membrane structure and functions, act as energy storage, aid in blood clotting, and provide antioxidant protection. Not bad, eh?
All being said, we can see why we so strongly believe in Shilajit. It has changed so many lives for the better, with new people joining our Shilajit family every day. With all of the mentioned beneficial ingredients, it will affect every aspect of your life. From the way you manage stress, work, perform in sports, or even sleep. We realize how important your health is, so we’ll always make sure you only get the best product available. We love what we do and we make sure that this comes through with every single jar of Shilajit we send out. Reach your true potential with the power of nature, one drop can change everything!
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