Silicon is one of the most abundant elements found on Earth. In the stalks of grasses & grains, it is found in the form known as silica.
What is Silica?
Silica stimulates cell formation and metabolism, helping to inhibit the aging process. It is used by the body to maintain and repair bones, eyes, hair, nails, skin, teeth, and cell walls.
Signs of Silica Deficiency
Some signs of silica deficiency are weak, splitting or peeling nails, premature wrinkles, and the loss of or thinning hair.
Food Sources of Silica
Most of the foods that we eat are deficient in silica due to being over-processed, and being grown in soil that is demineralized because of modern farming practices. The foods with the highest silica content include rice, oats and nettles. The superfoods highest in silica are barley and wheatgrass juice, and also horsetail tea.
Silica Health Benefits
Silica is vital to bone growth and density, working with calcium & magnesium to give bones both hardness and flexibility.
When the silica content of the aortic walls declines the elasticity lessens, leading to hardening of the arteries.
All connective and elastic tissues, including collagen, elastin, and mucopolysaccharides are rich in silica when in their healthy state. Silica’s ability to enhance connective tissues has made it helpful in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis & rheumatism.
Silica supplements are often touted as “the secret of the stars” due to its ability to prevent wrinkling of the skin, by supporting collagen production. Both men & women can benefit from silica’s ability to strengthen the hair shaft, making it thicker, stronger, and less likely to break. When we add silica’s benefits of building & maintaining strong & healthy nails & teeth, to its hair & skin support, we have a beauty aid for both genders.
The average daily requirement for silica is between 10 – 20 mg, with the recommended therapeutic dose being 3 or 4 times that amount.