what is a superfood?
”a food that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health.”
Something this definition doesn't mention is that superfood nutritional content is dependent on the soil it is grown in.
Simply put: depleted soils create mineral deficient food.
Unfortunately ... land that has been farmed for decades becomes depleted, even with efforts like crop rotation; because of erosion, livestock impact, synthetic fertilizers and other chemicals. Even organic farms may not have high quality soil; that is not a requirement to earn organic status.
Superfoods grown in depleted soil will yield less mineral content.
Why is shilala different?
Shilajit will never be dependent on the soil quality because it IS the quality of the soil itself...it is the organic matter that determines the quality of the topsoil. It has been preserved over many thousands of years in the high elevations of the Himalayan & Altai Mountains. It is essentially ancient, high quality soil.
Shilajit isn’t hype & it isn’t trendy. However, it is relatively unknown in the West, but has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicinal traditions.
Shilajit is the anti-fad, the original organic matter which will never be compromised in its makeup.
The fulvic acid & mineral content which bestow shilajit with its health value are innate to its essence.
Shilajit’s inherent nutritional potency does not depend on any external factors, like other superfoods.
since fulvic acid molecules are smaller & less weight than humic acids, they are more bioavailable to the human body & the key to increasing the absorption of all the minerals into the body's cells
metabolites created from the decomposition process; they help to govern & regulate metabolic processes such as breathing, circulation, digestion, cells growth & repair, hormone level management & body temperature regulation
including all the essential minerals:
minerals can be divided into two categories: essential & nonessential.
essential minerals are nutrients which humans must acquire through food &/or supplementation; they are not able to be synthesized [produced or made chemically] by the human body. there are two categories of minerals deemed essential : macro & trace. macro minerals are also referred to as electrolytes: the 6 macro minerals are: calcium, magnesium, chloride, sodium, phosphorus & potassium. they are required by the body in larger amounts than the trace minerals.
trace minerals are also necessary for normal functioning; just in smaller amounts.
***specific functions of the essential minerals are detailed below ***
nonessential minerals is kind of a misnomer. they are still essential to healthy system functioning; however, they are nutrients humans can synthesize on their own & do not need to absorb through food. toxic metals are included in this group & we test to make sure every lot of shilala does not contain elevated levels of arsenic, cadmium, mercury & lead. you can see our reports on the certificates of analysis page [linked below]
what do the minerals do?
calcium: most abundant mineral in body, plays many roles. best to obtain from a natural source.
chloride: supports electrolytes & fluids balance
phosphorus: bone health
potassium: essential for fluid balance, homeostasis, bone, heart and kidney health
magnesium: involved in over 300 different enzymatic reactions in the body; energy production, cardiovascular health, muscle function [contraction/relaxation] production of blood cells, neurotransmitter function, bone & blood health
sodium: essential for nervous system functioning, muscle contraction, fluid balance, hydration
boron: bone health; estrogen & testosterone balance; supports absorption of calcium & magnesium; wound healing
chromium: reduces & regulates high blood sugar, helps breakdown carbs, sugars & fats; supports weight loss
cobalt: essential for red blood cell formation, supports the nervous system; assists with B-12 function
copper: essential for red blood cell formation, serves as co-factor for several enzymes & nutrients (cofactors are usually metal ions and increase the rate of a reaction)
iron: assists with transporting oxygen around the body, energy production, immune function
iodine: essential for thyroid health, metabolism, energy
manganese: regulates blood sugar, bone formation, reproduction, immune health, mitochondria function, mental health, protects against oxidative damage & gut microbiome imbalance
molybdenum: assists with removing toxins and liver detoxification
selenium: essential for thyroid health, reproduction, metabolism & fighting infections
zinc: immune system, inflammation, skin health, liver health, gut repair, DNA formation, cell growth, detoxifies copper overload
check out our certificates of analysis for the nitty gritty details on what is in shilala!
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