Herbs and Nutritional Supplements for Natural Bodybuilding; Natural Remedies for Energy, Fitness and Vitality
When you think about different remedies for Energy, Fitness and Vitality, what comes to your mind. Is it any of the following?
- Energy Bars or Chocolates that provide you some calories
- Energy Drinks with some sugar, vitamins and minerals
- Protein Shakes with vitamins and minerals
Yes, you are right. My friend, these are simply food. You could replace Energy Bars, Chocolates and drinks with nutritious food and it could serve your purpose rather in a better way.
I introduce you to herbs, herbal supplements, dietary supplements that will be helpful for increasing energy without too many additional calories.
By: Arjun (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery With Modern Medicine).
Shilajeet or Shilajit Remedy for Increased Energy:
Shilajit or Shilajeet is one of the most powerful and effective single substance in Ayurveda and possesses the place of a Super-nutrient. Its energy and vitality boosting effect don’t have a comparison in entire arena of herbs or dietary supplements. It provides antioxidants, organic compounds, minerals and trace minerals. It is also known as Mineral Pitch or Asphaltum or Asphaltum punjabinum.
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Herbs for Energy, Fitness, Vitality and Bodybuilding:
Many herbs are becoming more and more popular all over the world for fitness, vitality and natural bodybuilding. Actually herbs don’t provide benefits along a single line. They possess a bouquet of benefits and fitness, energy and vitality is simply one of them.
Herbs such as Spirulina, Ashwagandha, Ginseng, Asparagus, Mucuna and Tribulus are some of the prominent herbs.
Minerals as Natural Remedies for Energy:
Minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and other trace minerals like selenium, chromium, molybdenum are actually required to be a part of our diet. They govern and assist different metabolic processes in our body. Modern food, especially fast food, is lacking in these essential minerals that we need to take from our diet.
These minerals cause various deficiency disorders in our body when we lack them in diet for some time and causes various health issues.
Vitamins for Energy, Fitness and Vitality:
Vitamins follow the same route as minerals.
Dietary Supplements for Energy:
A new breed of dietary supplements are emerging in market. Some of them are concentrated active phytonutrients, while others are identical to some amino acids or physiological substance, certain others belong to a category of metabolites. Metabolites are physiological chemicals that are produced after processing of certain nutrients from our diet.
Proteins and Amino Acids:
Protein and Amino Acids have been the mainstay of fitness arena for a long time. Various kinds of shakes, bars and drinks are available in the market. They start from inexpensive to high end prices depending upon the brand, marketing or endorsements and in the last ingredients.
Yoga Micro Exercises, Postures and Meditation as Flexibility Enhancing Program:
Yoga describes Micro Exercises (Sukshma Vyayama), Yoga postures and meditative exercises that relax the stiff muscles, improve blood circulation and tone of muscles, relieve the pain and ultimately sets the ground for optimal health of joints and muscles.
These Yoga exercises are excellent to impart strength to your entire system – body, muscles, circulation, nerves, immune system, digestion, lymphatics, mind, feelings, emotions, clarity of mind. I knowingly grouped them here and in the end. They should actually be a part of your fitness regime and natural remedies for energy, fitness and vitality.
Is Shilajit The Best Herbal Remedy for Improving Energy Levels?
Yes! Shilajit is one of the best herbs for increasing energy without causing bad side effects.
Ancient View Regarding Asphaltum or Mineral Pitch:
Many researchers claim that Shilajeet is an exudate from the rocks of mountains and is basically derived from vegetative source. Several verses of Sushruta Samhita and Rasatarangini, the ancient reference books of Ayurveda, also maintain this point of view.
According to Sushruta, in the months of May-June the sap or juice of plants (buried long away) comes out as exudation from the rocks of mountains due to strong heat of sun. Rasatarangini also claim that the Shilajeet is an exudation of plants which comes from the rocks of mountains in presence of scorching heat. It is soluble in water and used in Ayurveda only after purification along the prescribed methods.
Modern View About Benefits of Shilajit:
Shilajeet is a source of Ionized and Activated form of Minerals and trace minerals. The Minerals are present in chelated forms that are highly bioavailable.
It also has fulvic acid, humic acid, hippuric acid and benzopyrones which are considered bioactive phytonutrients that are supposed to be derived from rock rhizospere (plants found deep inside rocks).
Prominence of Shilajit as Rejuvenative Tonic (Rasayana) in Ayurveda:
Shilajeet is a Sanskrit word meaning “Conqueror of Mountains and Destroyer of Weakness.” It is considered as one of the most important “Rasayana” or Rejuvenating agent. Ayurvedic texts contain formulas of many Rasayana and most of them contain many herbs and minerals.
“Jara-Vyadhi-Prashamanam Dehadardhyakaram Param Medha Smritikaram Balyam Kshirashi Tatprojyate”
“Shilajeet possesses antiaging and youthfulness promoting properties, improves vitality, stamina and strength of body; enhances the natural resistance of body against disorders; Improves memory and intelligence.”
(Charaka Samhita, Chikitsa Sthan, Ch.1-3/19)
Benefits of Shilajeet:
Disease Modifying Capability of Asphaltum: This activity is commonly found in Autoimmune disorders like Rheumatoid Arthritis and manifests the symptoms. Researchers from Montana State University, USA found carboxylic group fraction of Shilajeet and fulvic acid (II arabinogalactan) possessing complement fixating property. This activity is responsible for therapeutic benefits of Shilajeet in Autoimmune disorders. According to Ayurveda, Autoimmune disorders are related to immunity and “Avrita Vata” (Complex disorders with covering of vitiated Doshas) and Shilajeet is the most important supplement for all these disorders.
Antiaging – Promotes Youthfulness and Longevity – Asphaltum: The minerals and plant nutrients in Shilajeet provide powerful antioxidants in body that scavenge free radicals and prevent degenerative changes in body. Antioxidants are responsible for retarding aging process, improving youthfulness and longevity.
Highly Bioavailable and Chelated Minerals: Minerals need to be chelated, bound to a protein molecule, to be bioavailable. (Mineral assimilation without chelation is only about 10%.) Fulvic acid, a by-product of plant photosynthesis, is the strongest chelating agent known. Fulvic acid is what makes the trace minerals in Shilajeet highly bioavailable. They act as free radical scavengers, supply vital electrolytes, buffers pH, enhance and transport nutrients, catalyze enzyme reactions, increase assimilation, chelate macro and trace minerals, and enhance electrochemical balance.
Shilajeet Helps Reduce Risk of Degenerative Disorders: Shilajeet is capable of rendering harmful heavy metals from inside tissues and body harmless by turning them into organic and safe for body. For example, Aluminum could be harmful when present in excess inside body. Fulvic Acid converts it into Aluminum Silicate which is safe as it is present in staple foods as beans that we consume in sufficient quantity.
Asphaltum Improves Energy Levels: It energizes the physiology without overstimulation or any negative effects by providing minerals, trace minerals and organic nutrients. Many people who use it tell that its energy boosting effect is like no other supplement.
Shilajit as Top Rated Adaptogen: It is also a powerful Adaptogenic that improves natural resistance of body against disorders and enhances immunity.
Shilajit as Powerful Aphrodisiac for Men and Women: Shilajit is an Aphrodisiac for both men and women. It improves vitality and libido. The health of reproductive system is maintained for optimal sexual enjoyment and fertility.