SILICA (SiO2) is the oxide form of Silicon (Si) which is the second most abundant element on earth (followed by oxygen) and is considered an essential trace mineral for human health.
How does it work?
Our body contains around 7g of silica, concentrated mainly in the skin, bones, hair, tendons and blood vessels. Silica forms structural components of bone and connective tissue and particularly plays a crucial role in formation of COLLAGEN which is the main building block of connective tissue in our hair, skin and nails. It also forms ELASTIN, a connective tissue that is responsible for the elasticity of connective tissue found in the skin, lungs and blood vessels. It also may protect against aluminum accumulation which may be the underlying cause of Alzheimer disease.
When we are young, we have a good amount of silica in our bodies, and this is reflected in the firm, wrinkle-free skin, silky hair and flexible pain-free joints. But as we age, our silica levels start to decline, and we struggle to maintain good levels of collagen leading to noticeable changes in our hair, skin, nails, teeth, joints, bones and heart health. Therefore, we have to get it through diet or supplementation.
Since collagen is the connective tissue that makes up most of our skin, it is not difficult to realize the importance of adequate silica levels within our bodies. Having sufficient and well toned collagen will make our skin look soft and young. By working to help produce collagen, and working with collagen to produce other connective tissue, silica improves hydration and skin elasticity, preventing, and even reversing, dry, rough, wrinkled skin, and generating a more youthful appearance.
Strong hair and nails
One thing that silica is well known for is its incredible effect on the health of hair and nails, helping to increase the strength and shine of both. It also protects the scalp and nails from fungal infections, which can cause dandruff, hair loss, and nail loss. Silica is a vital mineral when you are shedding your hair excessively leading to hair loss and it also helps both women and men for lack luster and thinning hair.
Skin is the largest organ in the human body. It protects us against naturally occurring bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. The immune system is at its strongest when the body is in an alkaline state, something which silica supplementation can help to create. It is one of the most alkalizing minerals available, excellent for detoxing the body and improving immunity. Research has shown that it also helps to boost the production of the antibodies and antigens that the immune system relies on to fight infections.
Silica also works to balance the ratio of calcium and magnesium within the body. This mineral balance is important because achieving it may promote hormonal balance. It is precisely hormonal imbalances that may lead to osteopenia, borderline osteoporosis, leading to brittle bone disease, also known as osteoporosis.
Silica is part of the structure of our bones and it has been shown that silica helps in enhancing the healing process of bone fracture and dislocation of joints, helps in improving the flexibility of healthy bones and in maintaining the integrity of connective tissue. Because it lends strength and elasticity to collagen, joints are more flexible and heal quicker. Many people use silica to help ease joint pain and arthritis symptoms.
Deficiency of Silica
Australian soils have very low levels of silica when compared to other areas of the world so it’s no surprise that some of us may have a silica deficiency. A silica deficiency can create a number of diverse health issues, but can all be related back to unhealthy collagen production and maintenance. A silica deficiency can result in:
How you can get silica
Silica naturally occurs in many foods. Silica is found in the hulls of oats, rice and wheat. Other foods that contain silica are bamboo shoots, alfalfa, avocados, bell peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, strawberries and tomatoes. Herbs that contain silica are nettles, horsetail, raw cacao and oat straw. Unfortunately, the Silica content within these foods has diminished over the years, so much so that there is a major consensus that we may be deficient in silica. The reason for this lies in food processing as well as the way we cook these foods. Commercial agriculture methods can deplete the soil of these needed nutrients. In turn the plants harvested from deficient soil are themselves lacking in essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Also, when plants absorb silica from soil, it does not saturate every part of the plant. It tends to deposit in the parts that often get removed. An example of this is in grains where silica is mainly found in the outer part, which gets removed prior to grinding the grain into flour. This process leaves the grain devoid of many minerals aside from silica.
Therefore, the supplementation of Silica is important to incorporate to our lifestyle. Silica supplements are available either in liquids or capsules. Now, you can also supply Silica by delivering this mineral right into your skin with our SAKURY collection for the whole body.