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Silicon (Silica)- Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources

Acid/Alkaline :: Alkaline-forming

What is Silicon?

Silicon is an essential trace mineral. It is most commonly found in the form of silica, a compound of silicon and oxygen also known as silicon dioxide (Si02). Silicon is the second most abundant element on the planet (oxygen is the first). It is also found in bone areas that are undergoing mineralization.

Uses and Benefits of Silicon

  • Helps in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease and osteoporosis.
  • It is also essential for the muscles, skin, nerves, nails, hair, connective tissue, pancreas, tooth enamel, and thymus.
  • Silicon is essential for the proper functioning of nerve cells and tissues , and the synthesis of vitamin B1 in the human body.
  • 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.
  • Silicon is important to bone formation, as it is found in active areas of calcification.

Recommended Dosage of Silicon

The Recommended Dosage for Silicon are 1 to 2 mg daily.

Deficiency Symptoms of Silicon

  • Silicon's primary function is in the development and maintenance of bone. A silicon deficiency causes weak and malformed bones of the arms, legs and head.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Rapid aging, tendonitis, bone decalcification, cardiovascular disease, abnormal skeletal formation, artherosclerosis.
  • Brittle nails.

Rich Food Sources of Silicon

Alfalfa, kelp, dark green leafy vegetables, horsetail, nettle, flaxseed, many fruits including apples, grapes, etc. Nuts, seeds, onions, berries (including strawberries), lettuce, figs, dandelion, cucumbers, cooked, dried beans and peas, sunflower seeds, tomatoes.

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