Shilajit May Provide Bone Health Benefits
Shilajit is a sticky substance that develops over centuries from the slow decomposition of plants and is found primarily in the rocks of the Himalayas. A new study has found that shilajit may provide bone health benefits to postmenopausal women.
The researchers recruited 60 postmenopausal women with an average age of 55 to participate in the study. They were given 250 mg of shilajit extract, 500 mg of shilajit extract, or a placebo daily for 48 weeks. Bone mineral density of the lumbar spine and femoral neck was evaluated at baseline, week 24, and week 48. Markers of oxidative stress, bone turnover, and inflammation were measured at baseline, week 12, week 24, and week 48.
Participants in both shilajit groups saw a decrease in bone mineral density loss. The greatest decrease was seen in the 500 mg group. In comparison, participants in the placebo group saw an increase in bone mineral density loss.
Markers of bone turnover increased in both shilajit groups, compared to no change in the placebo group. In addition, markers of oxidative stress and inflammation also decreased in the shilajit groups.
The study was conducted by researchers from Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences. It was published online ahead of print on July 22, 2022 in the journal Phytomedicine.
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