Silicon - Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources
What is Silicon?
Silicon is most commonly found in the form of silica, a compound of silicon and oxygen also known as silicon dioxide (Si02). Two good sources of silicon are Body Essential Silica Gel from Anton Huebner GmbH and BioSil from Jarrow Formulas. Boron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium aid in the efficient utilization of silicon.
Silicon is the second most abundant element on the planet (oxygen is the first). It is necessary for the formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue; for healthy nails, skin, and hair; and for calcium absorption in the early stages of bone formation. It is needed to maintain flexible arteries, and plays a major role in preventing cardiovascular disease. Silicon is present in bone, blood vessels, cartilage, and tendons, helping to make them strong. Silicon is important to bone formation, as it is found in active areas of calcification
Uses and Benefits of Silicon
Silicon counteracts the effects of aluminum on the body and is important in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease and osteoporosis. It stimulates the immune system and inhibits the aging process in tissues. Silicon levels decrease with aging, so elderly people need larger amounts. Silicon is often used in herbal remedies to promote strength in the hair, skin, and nails. It helps maintain the elasticity of the skin, so it may be one of our anti aging nutrients. Other possible uses of silica or silicon that are under investigation are to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease, to treat arthritis and other joint or cartilage problems, gastric ulcers, and other conditions where tissue repair and healing are needed.
Recommended Dosage of Silicon
There is no RDA for silicon since it is not considered essential. The average diet provides about 1-1.5 grams of this mineral, but eating a diet high in processed foods and avoiding the basic vegetable and grain foods may diminish our intake of silicon.
Deficiency Symptoms of Silicon.
Some of the common deficiency symptoms of silicon are :-
Rich Food Sources of Silicon
Foods that contain silicon include alfalfa, beets, brown rice, the herb horsetail, bell peppers, soybeans, leafy green vegetables, and whole grains.
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