NUTRITION WHY’S #48: WHY SILICON? Silicon is an essential trace mineral that may benefit your bones, tendons, joints, skin, and hair. Silicon is the most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust as Silicon Dioxide or sand.

NUTRITION WHY’S #48: WHY SILICON? Silicon is an essential trace mineral that may benefit your bones, tendons, joints, skin, and hair. Silicon is the most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust as Silicon Dioxide or sand. This is not absorbed into the body, but silicon is obtained from fruits, vegetables, beer and Artesian waters. Don’t get all your Silicon from beer, because high intakes of beer ( while this sounds good) are associated with poor bone mineral content. The body contains about 7 grams of silicon. In 1970, Dr. Edith Carlisle at UCLA put animals on a silicon-deficient diet and found that they had weak bones that broke easily. Supplementing the diet restored the bone strength. This work proved Silicon is essential. Silicon is found in the cells that build bone and its concentration decreases as bone matures consistent with a role for silicon in regulating bone formation. Silicon also stabilizes glycoaminoglycans in cartilage and collagen supporting a role for silicon in hair, nails, and skin. There is no RDA for Silicon but intakes range from 20 to 50 milligrams per day. Within volcanic pools of water on the Pacific island of Fiji, high pressures over thousands of years forces silicon into water to form Silicon-enriched water. Silicon has about the same atomic diameter as Oxygen and coordinates with four OH groups normally found in water as H2O (HOH). There is some suggestion that this form of water acts as an antioxidant. In a study from my lab, artesian water containing 85 milligrams per liter increased urinary silicon levels in postmenopausal women demonstrating that it was a good source of silicon even though it had no measurable effects on their mature bones. Silicon is the third most common trace mineral in the body after iron and zinc, but is often forgotten ! Diets poor in fruits and vegetables are low in Silicon. Have your Protein-Rich Shake as part of Balanced Nutrition for a Healthy Active Lifestyle with lots of fruits and vegetables! #drdavidheber #silicon #traceminerals #bone #skin #hair #collagen #joints #tendons to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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