Silica for Body Repair Functions
Silica is a mineral that is utilized by the body for many of it’s repair functions. Every cell in the body contains a little silica. Silica gives structure, form and shape to cells. It helps produce collagen, the material that gives people that youthful, smooth, skin look (no wrinkles). Major parts of the body that silica is found: hair, skin, nails and especially bones. In fact silica is one of the minerals responsible for helping calcium attach to bone matrix. If calcium were cement, the metal beams that cement is poured over, to give the cement more strength, would be silica. When the body’s tissues are damaged, silica is one of the major materials used to aid in repair. There have been many studies validating the importance of silica in supporting the body’s overall strength and repair capabilities.
All Minerals are Important
Some minerals are important to the body than others, depending on the individual situation, like if a person gets a cold, or is injured. This situation, whatever it may be determines whether or not the mineral needs to be used more or less.
- If a person breaks a bone, well they need more of the minerals that deal with bone repair, one of which is silica.
- If a person is an athlete and is constantly damaging their body, then they will need more of the minerals that support the repair of tissues, one of which is silica.
These problems are simple to understand and deal with, but what about all the rest of the ways people are damaged.
- How about off gassing of fumes from all the synthetic materials used in buildings, homes and cars.
- What about toxic chemicals and preservatives in our foods, or toxic pesticides and herbicides used on our lawns and commercial properties.
- What about all of the heavy metals we breathe everyday now as a result of industrial waste and nuclear disasters.
All of these things are damaging us constantly and cause our bodies to use much more nutrients then usual to try and maintain a healthy balanced body, thus depleting are mineral stores. Most of the minerals that we use can be readily found and utilized if a person eats a well balanced diet. However silica is not one of these. Throughout most of our history we have never needed massive amounts of silica, we didn’t have to worry about breathing heavy metals, or breathing gasoline fumes from cars, or toxic preservatives and chemically treated food.
The only time a person needed silica was to repair the normal damage done through working on the farm or a broken leg after falling off a horse. This is not our daily lives any more. Now we are being damaged constantly and being forced to overuse our minerals. Unfortunately silica being a mineral mainly used in repair work of the body, is being depleted in the body at alarming rates. This depletion in people has led to many problems. Signs of silica depletion can be
- thinning hair
- brittle nails
- weak joints and ligaments
- decreased flexibility
- skin issues
- loss of collagen (wrinkle formation)
- poor circulation
- bone loss.
This being said there is a ton of information than can be found in relation to silica, it’s uses in the body and why it is important to supplement it in the diet. The problem we now face is not one of information but one of finding a good organic source of silica. Organic meaning that the molecule of silica is similar to that of silica that is found in plants and vegetables that can be absorbed easily by the body. The first thing one finds if they try to research a good source of silica, is that not many companies sell silica in an available form. Most silica supplements contain silicon dioxide, which is basically sand and not an organic form of silica.
Other forms are made from silica acids which again are not organic and easily assimilated. Eventually you will run across Horsetail herb, which is a good source of organic silica compared to many other foods and herbs, however is limited in it’s use. The reason for this is you can only take so much horsetail daily, you cannot just take as much as you want. And you can’t take any one herb everyday, you have to take a break or some of the chemical compounds found in herbs will build up too high in the body. Now this leaves us with organic silanes. This is a form of silica that usually is found in a liquid form and is very easily absorbed by the body.
Soluble Silica Compound is a liquid form of organic silica. It is a organic silane that has a lot of carbon in it’s molecular structure. This means that the body recognizes it as something the cell can utilize and it is absorbed easily. It basically has the key to the cellular doorway. It was developed by Swiss researches based on the work of a French scientist who discovered a form of organic silica on sand grains that was deposited by microorganisms. It is one of the most bioavailable forms of organic silica known and has been formulated for human consumption. Soluble Silica Compound is a concentrated form of organic silica that has been used by many people worldwide, especially in Europe where is supportive properties have been utilized for over 3 decades.
Benefits of Silica Supplementation
- Very supportive to bone formation
- Helps to support joint strength and integrity
- Aids in the formation of hair
- Supports elastin and collagen production
- Maintains joint flexibility
- Supports youthful looking skin.
Silica is needed for collagen synthesis while activating enzymes that keep your skin elastic yet strong. Wrinkles are a sign that you are deficient in silica.
Silica stimulates the bone forming cells and seems to regulate the process by which bones form and repair themselves using nutritional minerals. Silica facilitates collagen synthesis – collagen is the fibrous protein that makes bones flexible. Silica deficiencies produce brittle bones. Supplementing with silica helps broken bones heal faster.
Tendons and Ligaments
Collagen is a major component of ligaments and tendons.
Not only does silica play an important role in collagen formation, it is also needed to form cartilage and assists in maintaining water in your joints. We know that inflammation eats away at cartilage and now we know that silica helps to rebuild that cartilage.
Hair and Nails
Silica is the major mineral found in hair shafts and nails. Optimum amounts of silica keep hair flexible and shiny while keeping nails hard and strong. If your hair is falling out or your nails are brittle and soft, you might have a silica deficiency.
Lungs and Sinuses
Silica restores the mucus membrane in the sinuses and respiratory tract.
Silica, besides being found in bone tissues is also found in enamel.
It is thought that silica can help to detox a number of things from the body, such as mercury, aluminum, and its even touted as killing e-coli.