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About the ingredient Silica
Human studies in 1979 showed that Silicon supplementation increased bone volume. In 1990, it was shown that Silicon had a positive effect on osteoporosis. Additional human studies in 1993, 1998, and 2000 showed that Silicon supplementation improved bone mineral density.
Silicon intake is associated with higher bone mineral density (BMD) in men and pre-menopausal women. Silicon promotes bone materialisation.
Bones: Silicon is essential to collagen formation and bone calcification in tissue (bone mineralization). Anyone suffering from a Silicon deficiency will also have lower concentrations of collagen, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and glycosaminoglycans in the bones and cartilage tissue (Carlisle 1970).
Joints: Silicon plays an essential part in the development and maintenance of joint cartilage as a means of guaranteeing joint and ligament integrity. If we do not assimilate enough Silicon from our diet then joint development is likely to be affected. Joints may be stunted or malformed and the overall volume of the joint cartilage is reduced.
Aorta and other arteries: Silicon can help to maintain the resistance and integrity of the tunica intima, the innermost layer of an artery. A healthy cardiovascular system needs Silicon to make elastin, a tissue forming part of the inner layer of arteries and capillaries. Unhealthy arteries are often caused by lack of Silicon.
If we maintain a regular supply of a Silicon supplement as we age this could help maintain a more youthful state and to enable us to live our lives in minimal pain. Weakness in bones, joints and connective tissues is one of the most significant causes of muscle pain and illnesses.
Research has shown that adding Silicon, Selenium and Zinc to the daily diet improves resistance and elasticity within the body. This could help humans in terms of suffering fewer diseases and bone related and connective tissue injuries.
Until 20th Century there was no Silicon deficiency. Intensive farming practices and application of chemical fertilizers have depleted the amount of Silicon available to plants in the soil, and thus to animals and humans. Studies have shown that whilst other elements are restored through fertilisation, Silicon is not.
Silicon is an important dietary supplement to help fight osteoporosis. Silicon may be useful as a preventive or therapeutic agent against osteoporosis in combination with Ipriflavone² , Calcium and vitamin D.
In a recent study³, a positive correlation was shown between dietary Silicon intake and bone mineral density (BMD) at the hip in men and pre-menopausal women, suggesting that higher Silicon intake may have a beneficial effect on cortical bone health.
A few foods contain levels of Silicon; these include beer, bananas, string beans, white bread, beans/lentils, coffee and dark bread. Absorption varies depending on whether you are male or female. For men the top 3 are: beer, bananas, and white bread. For women the top 3 are: bananas, string beans and white bread.
(Jugdaohsingh et al - AJCN 2002; 75:887-93)
(Barel et al. (2004) Effect of oral intake of choline-stabilized Silicic acid on skin, nails and hair in women with photo-damaged facial skin, Skin Research and Technology, 10: 1.)
Osteoarthritis (OA), which is also known as osteoarthrosis or degenerative joint disease (DJD), is a progressive disorder of the joints caused by gradual loss of cartilage and resulting in the development of bony spurs and cysts at the margins of the joints. The name osteoarthritis comes from three Greek words meaning bone, joint, and inflammation. – Medical dictionary
Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the joints. It is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. Around 1 million people see their GP about it and the NHS in England and Wales perform over 140,000 hip and knee replacement operations every year.
Three key characteristics of osteoarthritis are:
- mild inflammation of the tissues in and around the joints
- damage to cartilage, the strong, smooth surface that lines the bones and allows joints to move easily and without friction
- bony growths that develop around the edge of the joints
Osteoarthritis mostly occurs in the knees, hips and small joints of the hands and base of the big toe. However, almost any joint can be affected. (NHS Choices online)
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and it is not confined to the older generations, as many believe. Young people can also develop it, often as a result of a sports injury or excessive exercise leading to wear and tear on joints.
OA is also surprisingly common among athletes. In the UK alone there are 27,000 people under the age of 25 suffering from arthritis.