Silica Health Benefits – Detox, Skin Health, and More

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Silica or silicon is rarely talked about as an essential mineral, but many scientists believe that is exactly what this main ingredient in sand truly is. There is some disagreement out there about whether we actually need silicon or not, but the evidence is piling up more and more against them. It is one mineral that needs to be studied much more thoroughly, but there’s still plenty of research hinting at health benefits just beneath the surface. No matter what, it’s one mineral that can’t be completely ignored.

skin_hands_nails_healthy_picHair, Skin, and Nail Health – Silica has long been a go-to supplement for hair, skin, and nails. Silica is naturally found in nails, making them strong. When our dietary silica goes down, our nails grow slower and become more brittle. The same goes for hair. Silica also plays a role in keeping skin elastic and collagen healthy.

Joint Health – Since collagen is vital to healthy joints, ligaments, and cartilage, silica is important too. It lends strength and elasticity to collagen so joints are more flexible, heal quicker, and can snap back from the daily wear and tear our bodies undergo with all our bending, twisting, and stretching. Many people use silica to help ease joint pain and arthritis symptoms.

Bone Health – There are many studies that show that the presence of silica helps the body use calcium. As we get older our silica levels decline and our bones weaken. Mice fed low silicon diets also had lower bone density. There is plenty of evidence that silica is vital to bone health and preventing fractures as we get older. Teeth and gums get a boost from silica too.

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Heart Health – Silica is more prevalent in healthy hearts than diseased hearts. Since silica strengthens muscle tissue, this shouldn’t be too surprising. It also aids the body in calcification of bones and thus prevents the calcification of other tissues. There is some evidence that silica may help offset the calcification of arterial plaque. It may also play a role in the electrochemical transmissions of the nervous system.

horsetail_picDigestive Disorders – Silica is important in strong stomach and digestive tract muscles and tissues. Silica assists in rebuilding and fortifying these tissues after they have been damaged by poor diet, parasites, or other injury.

Immune System – Since silica is a vital part of healthy skin and digestive tissue, it is also important in preventing illness and infection. The skin and our digestive system are the first lines of defense we have against pathogens.

Healing – As a part of collagen, silica can speed healing of burns, wounds, and scar tissue.

Detoxification – Silica is very good at removing waste material, toxins, and heavy metals from the body. This makes silica a good addition to any detox program to deeply cleanse your cells.

Alzheimer’s – There is some evidence that aluminum buildup contributes to Alzheimer’s, and a recent study showed that silica may play a part in the removal of aluminum. This wasn’t the best study and plenty more needs to be done, but it is still encouraging that silica may help rid ourselves of this pesky metal that is far too prevalent in our environment, beauty products, and foods.

Our highly processed food diet tends to be severely lacking in silica. We remove it from most of the foods that contain it and avoid many of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are the richest in it. It is best to get your silica from natural sources. Whole foods that are rich in fiber are also rich Sunwarrior_Liquid_light_picin silica as plants use this mineral for strength and flexibility as well. Cucumber, celery, asparagus, oats, millet, barley, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, beans, leeks, and even strawberries are great sources for silica.

Supplements are also available. Horsetail is the most common, but there are also liquid minerals where you can get much more than just one major mineral. We also need magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, copper, and many more.

Liquid Light contains more than 72 minerals, including silica and many trace minerals we don’t get in our processed diets. It comes from raw, plant-based sources so the minerals are the organic and bioavailable forms our bodies know, recognize, and use. Activated Barley is another way to get more silica while boosting your energy levels and endurance at the same time. 

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  • Thank you very much. Great article

  • What about diatomaceous earth? Isn't it a good source of silica?

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      In reply to Lyn's comment

      Yes it is, Lyn, but it must be food grade and I am always a fan of passing minerals through plants before eating them, as plants combine them with organic compounds to make them more usable.

  • Have you ever heard of people being allergic to silica in makeup? I eat many of those foods with silica in them but I break out when I use makeup with silica in it. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this. :)

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      In reply to Christa's comment

      I'm not too surprised, Christa. Silica is essentially sharp little pieces of quartz crystals and can be an irritant to the skin, eyes, and lungs. That's why it is better in food where it comes in trace amounts and combined with organic molecules to make it easier for our bodies to handle and use.