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Shilajit – Destroyer of Diabetes?

Steve Crimmens<br />healthy Lifestyles

If you are diabetic and are looking for a natural alternative to lower and effectively control your blood sugar levels, then you may be in luck. An herb-like substance derived from the high altitudes of the Himalayan Mountains, shilajit, has been used for centuries to prevent and combat numerous health problems, including diabetes.

The active ingredients consist of dibenzo-alpha-pyrones, small peptides, lipids and fulvic acids. As the trend in using alternative medicines to treat health problems continues to grow, so does the research in the medical fields as they attempt to decipher what works and what doesn’t.

For centuries, shilajit has been called the “destroyer of weakness.” Now some researchers in India are calling it the “destroyer of diabetes.”

Shilajit may help
doctors combat diabetes.

Research was conducted at the Medical College in Baroda, India, with the specific purpose of studying the effects of shilajit on blood glucose and lipid profiles in diabetic rats as well its effects when combined with conventional anti-diabetic drugs. Using albino rats, the study design included measuring blood glucose levels, total cholesterol, triglyceride and high-density lipoproteins before and after treatment. Each group of rats were given different amounts of shilajit, either by itself or given with other anti-diabetic drugs such as metformin.

The results? Across the board, each group of rats given shilajit experienced a reduction in blood glucose levels as well as a significant increase in the HDL level. Positive changes in the rats lipid profile is understandable given the derangement of glucose, fat and protein metabolism which occurs when one has diabetes. Thus the researchers from the Medical College in Baroda(1) concluded that shilajit is a legitimate, natural supplement that can help in the long-term management of those effected with diabetes.

If you’re looking for a cheaper, alternative medicine to help balance your blood glucose levels, to prevent a future development of atherosclerosis or other health complications caused by diabetes, shilajit could be a great supplement to consider. Ask your doctor about the new research on shilajit. It may be the key to a longer, healthier life.

(1) Indian J Pharmacol | December 2004 | Vol 36 | Issue 6 | 373-376

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