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The nutritional benefits of Silicon, Magnesium and Phosphorous

Updated on March 26, 2013
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Recent studies showed that silicon, magnesium and phosphorous are the main essential building blocks of making bones strong and this updates the old belief on calcium.

Silicon which is one of the most abundant elements on earth is the latest addition to the list of trace elements that is essential to the body. It plays a role in aiding the synthesis of healthy collagen (connective tissues) and the development of strong bones.

Silicon lowers the risk of atherosclerosis and retard aging. This also helps the body avoid or minimize arthritis and osteoporosis.

Silicate or silicon salts are commonly found in mineral water, beer, chicken skin, whole grains, root vegetables, mango, celery and cucumber.

Magnesium and phosphorous on the other hand are important to the body just like calcium or iron. Most of these minerals are concentrated in the bones and teeth and soft tissues.

A lot of enzymes and B vitamins need magnesium and phosphorous to function and they also stimulate metabolism of carbohydrates. Phosphorous help shuttle through the bloodstream and move nutrients in and out of the cells.

To have an access to these wonderful nutrients, keep in mind that foods that have high levels of protein are also good sources of phosphorous such as cheese, eggs, milk and other dairy products, meat, fish, fowl, legumes, sesame seeds, nuts and whole grains (oatmeal and brown rice).

Foods that are good sources of magnesium include green veggies, avocados, bananas, black strap molasses, chocolate, whole unprocessed grains, legumes, peanut butter, nuts and seeds.

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      Marie Alana 5 years ago from Ohio

      These minerals are so important to the body. What would the body do without good nutrition? Thanks for sharing!