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Ayurvedic Ingredient Shilajit May Aid Skeletal Muscle Health

Shilajit is a sticky, tar-like substance used in Ayurvedic medicine that contains over 80 minerals that support the functioning of the body. A recent study suggests that taking Shilajit may help improve skeletal muscle health in obese people.

Participants in the study included 16 people between the ages of 21 and 70 who had a body-mass index between 25 and 35. For the first eight weeks of the study, the participants took a 250 mg Shilajit supplement. For the following four weeks, they continued to take the supplement and also exercised for 30 minutes per day, three times per week. The researchers took measurements of lipid levels, BMI, blood pressure and pulse as well as muscle biopsies at the beginning of the study, at the eight-week mark, the second to last day of the four week period, and the last day of the study.

The researchers noted upregulation of collagen and other genes associated with skeletal muscle growth at the eight-week mark. They did not note any changes in lipid profile measurements, serum myoglobin, or blood glucose.

Researchers from Ohio State University conducted the study. It was published in the July 2016 issue of the Journal of Medicinal Food.

The active ingredients of Shilajit include fulvic acids, dibenzo alpha pyrones, humins, humic acids, trace minerals, vitamins A, B, C and P (citrines), phospholipids and polyphenol complexes, terpenoids.

Previous studies on the efficacy of Shilajit are limited but suggest that, in addition to helping with bone and muscle, it may have beneficial effects on blood lipid levels. If you decide to take Shilajit, make sure that the supplement you choose is verified for potency and purity, as the market is flooded with impure versions.

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