Thursday, October 6, 2011

Silicon: What is it good for?

And why do our bodies need silicon?
Silica, or silicon, is the most abundant element on Earth, after oxygen. Most people know a little something about silicon and how it’s used in our everyday lives such as in computer chips and some forms of breast implants. But few of us would consider that silicon is something our bodies actually need to be healthy.

For example, our bodies use silicon, along with calcium, to grow and maintain strong bones. It is also an important anti-aging nutrient and a major player in preventing osteoporosis. Silica is responsible for cross-linking collagen strands which contributes to the strength, integrity, and flexibility of connective tissues such as those found in skin, bones, nails, and arteries. Silicon is also important for the growth of hair, skin and fingernails.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, research at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center (GFHNRC) has shown that low dietary silicon decreases the bone and blood concentrations of substances that stimulate cells to form joint and bone cartilage and initiate bone calcification in experimental animals. Low dietary silicon also has been shown by the GFHNRC to increase the excretion of products resulting from collagen and bone breakdown and loss, which are used as markers of osteoporosis risk. The recent research confirms that silicon stimulates the formation of collagen, a protein that gives bones their strength and flexibility, joint cartilage its cushioning ability, and a scaffold upon which bone mineralization occurs.

USDA also says that scientists at King’s College and St. Thomas’ hospital in London, England in collaboration with scientists from Harvard and Tufts Universities in the United States have reported that there is a “significant positive association” between the density of bone and silicon intake in men and in pre-menopausal women. In addition, scientists at the University of Mons-Hainaut in Belgium have found that silicon is an essential component in bio-active glasses or materials used as bone substitutes upon which new bone can grow in humans with serious bone injury.

Unfortunately our soil is deficient in silica, and therefore our diet is also somewhat deficient in silica. Although evidence is accumulating that shows an inadequate intake of silicon may contribute to the risk of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, very little is known about its requirement. According to USDA, a daily intake of 5 to 10 mg of highly absorb-able silicon probably will be found adequate. However, not all food silicon is highly absorb-able so USDA recommends a higher intake than this in order to reach desired absorption levels.

This is another great reason to make Willard Water a part of your regular vitamin supplement regimen. Silicon is one of the more abundant trace minerals found in Willard Water and Dr. Willard’s patented catalyst will help our bodies more efficiently absorb this silicon. While scientists still have a great deal more to learn about silicon, it’s safe to say that everyone needs more and Willard Water can help our bodies get it.

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