Potential Benefits: Silicon is needed for the Formation of collagen for bones and connective tissue, For healthy nails, skin, and hair. Aids the calcium absorption in the early stages of bone formation. Needed to maintain flexible arteries.
Counteracts the effects of aluminium on the body and is important in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Prevention of osteoporosis. Stimulates the immune system. Inhibits the aging process in tissues.
Helps guard against certain heart and circulatory diseases. Believed to help prevent falling hair.
Description: Silicon is present in biologic material as a silanate, an ether (or ester-
Connective tissues including aorta, trachea, tendon, bone, and skin and its appendages contain much of the silicon that is retained in the body.
Potential Side Effects: Most silicon compounds are essentially nontoxic when taken orally.
Potential Interaction: As no appropriate human data are available, extrapolation from limited animal data suggest that the human requirement for silicon is quite small, in the range of 2 to 5 mg/day.
However, silicon found in most diets as aluminosilicate and silica is not absorbable or as available as sodium meta silicate. Additionally, factors such as aging and low oestrogen status apparently decrease the ability to absorb silicon.
Thus, the recommended intake of silicon may be found to be between 5 and 10 mg/day.
General Usage: May be taken daily.
Food Sources: Alfalfa and most leafy green vegetables, Apples, Avocado, Barley, Beer, Beets, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brown Rice, Carrot, Citrus Fruits, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Millet, Oats, Onion, Parsnip, Potatoes, Red Wine, Rice, Spinach, Strawberries, Turnips, Wheat. Also in processed foods but fresh food is recommended see E550
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