Shilajit for bone and muscle health

Shilajit for bone and muscle health

Shilajit is an effective and safe supplement that can have a positive effect on your overall health and well-beingAnd is known from centuries as a rejuvenator and an antiaging compound. Shilajit is also said to strengthen bones and protect against osteoporosis. Given shilajit’s human use for thousands of year and its apparent ability to promote regeneration/repair, it should be easily translated into practice and could become the standard of care for bone/cartilage tissue pathologies. 

Let us a take a quick look at what happens to our bone and muscle health as the ageing process occurs and how Shilajit can help.

According to WHO report of year 2021,

  • Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world's population over 60 years will nearly double from 12% to 22%.

  • By 2020, the number of people aged 60 years and older will outnumber children younger than 5 years.

  • In 2050, 80% of older people will be living in low- and middle-income countries.

  • The pace of population ageing is much faster than in the past.

  • All countries face major challenges to ensure that their health and social systems are ready to make the most of this demographic shift.

Ageing is the process of becoming older. Ageing brings with itself malfunctioning of some organs, pain etc. Some ageing signs are inevitable but are not a cause for pain and discomfort like wrinkles and grey hair. But some like bone and muscle malfunctioning or diseases are very painful to bear. However, unlike grey hair and wrinkles, muscles and joint malfunctions are not unescapable as presumed earlier. While muscle pain can occur due to strain or injuries, joint pain is mostly caused by diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis etc. Researchers now suggest that many factors associated with ageing are due to inactivity, unhealthy lifestyle and innutritious diet. Maintaining healthy behaviors throughout life, particularly eating a balanced diet, engaging in regular physical activity and refraining from tobacco use, all contribute to reducing the risk of non-communicable diseases, improving physical and mental capacity and delaying care dependency, in short graceful ageing. While a balance diet is everyone’s dream to achieve, but it is easier said than done, while taking dietary supplements is a sure shot way to help reduce or reverse the risk of disability and chronic diseases. Shilajit, is one such supplement that can help you age gracefully.

Changes in muscle due to ageing

Muscle loses size and strength as we get older, which can contribute to fatigue, weakness and reduced tolerance to exercise. This is caused by a number of factors working in combination, including:

  • Muscle fibers reduce in number and shrink in size.

  • Muscle tissue is replaced more slowly and lost muscle tissue is replaced with a tough, fibrous tissue.

  • Changes in the nervous system cause muscles to have reduced tone and ability to contract. 

Changes in bones due to ageing

Bone is living tissue. As we age, the structure of bone changes and this results in loss of bone tissue. Low bone mass means bones are weaker and places people at risk of breaks from a sudden bump or fall.

Bones become less dense as we age for a number of reasons, including:

  • An inactive lifestyle causes bone wastage.

  • Hormonal changes – in women, menopause triggers the loss of minerals in bone tissue. In men, the gradual decline in sex hormones leads to the later development of osteoporosis.

  • Bones lose calcium and other minerals, especially in colder regions.

Changes in joints due to ageing

As we age, our bodies undergo a number of changes, including changes in our joints. These changes can result in a variety of conditions, including arthritis, osteoporosis, and other conditions that can cause pain and discomfort. One of the most common changes that occur in our joints as we age is the loss of cartilage. Cartilage is the connective tissue that cushions our joints, and as we age, it can thin and wear down, leading to pain, stiffness, and decreased mobility. Another common change that occurs in our joints as we age is the loss of bone density. This can lead to osteoporosis, which can cause the bones to become brittle and more prone to fractures. In addition to these changes, our joints can also become less flexible and more prone to injury as we age. This can make it more difficult to perform daily activities and can increase the risk of falls and other accidents. To help prevent these changes and maintain healthy joints as we age, it is important to engage in regular exercise, maintain a healthy diet, and take steps to reduce stress on our joints. This can include avoiding high-impact activities, maintaining a healthy weight, and using proper body mechanics when performing daily activities. By taking these steps, we can help to maintain healthy joints and reduce the risk of developing conditions that can cause pain and discomfort as we age.

Importance of joint and muscle health

The joints in our body provide flexibility to it, any pain in joints can affect our normal movements and thus our quality of life. The joints can wear down due to ageing or due to diseases. It is therefore very important that our joints are healthy. Healthy joints pose a less risk of becoming worn down easily.

There are various ways to keep your muscles and bones healthy. Vitamin D and calcium are important supplements the body needs to help maintain joint and muscle health. Moreover, substances having strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, are also helpful in maintaining our bone and joint health because they protect our body cells from damage. Antioxidants are available as man-made or natural substances. Shilajit is a naturally occurring substance having the properties of an antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory.

What is Shilajit?

Shilajit is a Sanskrit word, which means “Winner of rock” and “Conqueror of mountains and destroyer of weakness”. Shilajit is a sticky substance found primarily in the rocks of Himalayas. It develops over centuries from the slow decomposition of plant matter and minerals. Shilajit is commonly used in Ayurveda medicine. Shilajit also known in the north of India as salajitshilajatumimie, or mummiyo  is found from high mountain rocks, especially in the Himalayans mountains between India and Nepal, although it has been also found in Russia, Tibet, Afghanistan, and now in the north of Chile, named as Andean Shilajit. The health benefits of shilajit may differ from region to region, depending on the place from which it was extracted. 

It is a potent and very safe dietary supplement, restoring the energetic balance and potentially able to prevent several diseases. One of its main components is Fulvic acid, a compound known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It expands the walls of body cells and helps in the absorption of minerals from the food. Fulvic acid due to its unique properties protect against free radicals and cellular damage, may contribute, because of regular use of Shilajit, to longevity, a slower ageing process and overall better musculoskeletal health. Shilajit is also said to heal damaged tissues, strengthen bones and protect against osteoporosis. According to a research conducted by the Indiana University, shilajit may possess anabolic bone/cartilage properties. Its anti-inflammatory property is also beneficial for bone and muscle health of people living in colder regions and higher altitudes. Shilajit has been clinically proven to be very helpful in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout as it nourishes the joints and reduces the inflammation and pain.

Preclinical investigations about shilajit indicate its great potential uses in certain diseases, and various properties have been ascribed, including: 

  • Antioxidant properties

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Analgesic antifungal properties 

  • Ability to interact positively with other drugs 

  • Protective properties in high altitudes 

Traditional use of Shilajit

Traditionally, shilajit is consumed by people from Nepal and the North of India, and children usually take it with milk in their breakfast. The Sherpas, group of some 150,000 mountain-dwelling people of Nepal; Sikkim state, India; and Tibet (China) claim to have shilajit as part of their diet; they constitute a population of strong men with very high levels of a healthy longevity. Shilajit is also a traditional medicine used in many countries such as India for thousands of years to treat many diseases including bone diseases. There are two important characteristics of the ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine: that is, to increase physical strength and to promote human health. Shilajit has a comfortable position as the Rasayana (means nutrition at all levels from macro to micro-cellular level), in the Ayurvedic medicinebecause of its excellence, is well known in the Eastern culture, and now being introduced with great interest in the west.  

Fake Shilajit

Although this substance is natural and safe, you shouldn’t consume raw or unprocessed shilajit. Raw shilajit may contain heavy metal ions, fungus and other contaminations which are harmful for you. Shilajit is sold in several forms, including capsules, powder and liquid resin. But authentic shilajit comes only in a resin form. And is expensive to source. Several brands labeled as fresh resin or soft resin are simply watered down. Most shilajit commercially available is cooked that essentially destroys the beneficial characteristics of the resin and many vendors add fulvic acid to increase the volume and make ridiculous claims of minimum content levels. Cooking, fast tracks the purification process and adding fulvic acid makes the product cheaper as this acid is commercially available at low prices. Vendors try to add fillers to increase quantity and keeping low prices. Unfortunately, many fall for this price dilemma and are consuming products that may actually be harmful. So it is necessary to obtain these supplements from a reputable source that is verified and approved and ethically sourced, like Shilajit USA. 

 Shilajit USA

Choosing a reputable source, like Shilajit USA is very important for the supplement to be effective and safe. We at Shilajit USA started doing some research on shilajit for our own consumption during winter 2017/18. Based on our tests, we estimate more than 90% of the products in the marketplace to be either fake or counterfeits. It is an unfortunate reality that is difficult to comprehend. Soon after we embarked on this journey of going to its original source i.e. the mighty mountain range of The Himalayas. A year long journey thereafter led to authentic sources and we started collaboration with local villagers. Getting the recipe right was another challenge on its own. Shilajit comes from various spots from the mountains and each of them will differ in content as it is an organic compound that cannot be reproduced in the laboratory. Shilajit USA directly sources shilajit above 18,000 ft. from the Himalayan range near K2 Mountain. We only select the best gold grade and discard all other material that is of inferior quality. Purified at source using ancient techniques, glacial water and sun; we are privileged to introduce the K2 Himalayan Gold graded shilajit – the finest standard you can buy. Our Shilajit is fair traded where villagers are earning full value for their hard work and we are supporting communities by giving back a percentage of our sales for health care and education. We are making a difference in people’s lives and now you have an opportunity to make a difference too by choosing us.

How to use it

There is no single standard of recommended dosing for shilajit that is applicable for everyone. 300 to 500mg per day of Shilajit is generally considered sufficient and effective. The right dose for you may depend on your age, your current state of health, and the desired benefit. It can be dissolved in warm liquid, milk or water. Feel free to contact us for any further queries. We are here for your benefit.

The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The information on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


  • SHILAJIT, A NOVEL REGULATOR OF BONE/CARTILAGE HEALING Nawaf Yousef Labban School of Dentistry, Indiana University,February 2013
  • PubMed Central :National institutes of health

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