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Shilajit in Perspective
Authors:   Shibnath Ghosal

ISBN: 978-81-7319-732-1 
Publication Year:   2006
Pages:   250
Binding:   Hard Back

About the book

Shilajit in Perspective is a modern multi-disciplinary approach to a well known but highly debated rejuvenator (rasayana) of traditional Hindu ayurvedic medicine. Ghosal and coworkers have relentlessly investigated the chemistry and bioactivities of shilajit since the early seventies. Detailed research shows that shilajit contains two unique compounds viz. DCPs (dibenzo-a pyrone chromopproteins) and their key nuclear components DBPs (dibenzo-a pyrones). Shilajit is a paleohumus with marine invertebrate fossils being the major contributors. These are important to maintain the health status of man. The importance of DCPs/DBPs in energy synthesis (ATP) has been highlighted along with the claim that it is a potent immunomodulator and antioxidant. A carefully researched book containing a large spectrum of modern scientific methods of isolation, purification and standardization of a strongly potent organo-mineral drug which is a must read for all researchers and scientists in the field of natural products.

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Table of content

Preface / Acknowledgements / Shilajit: Traditional Concepts, Features and Application / Nature and Origin of Shilajit / The Marine Origin of Shilajit / Stable Aromatic Metabolites of EPA-DHA, - The dibenzo-a-pyrones (DBPs) / Isolation and Characterization of the Chemical Constituents of Shilajit / Chemistry of dibenzo-a-pyrone chromoproteins (DCPs) / Odour Principles of Shilajit / Nature and Character of Ayurvedic Maharasas (Supervitalizers) / Biological Effects of Shilajit / Standardization of Shilajit / Glossary / References / Legends of Figures, Photographs, Schemes and Tables / Index.

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