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Health Benefits of Using Silica

Updated on January 9, 2012

Silica is a fundamental component of the skin, hair, bones and nails. Next to oxygen, this mineral is the most abundant element found on earth and in the body. Described as the "nature's building block," silica helps in fortifying the blood vessels, tendons and bones in the human body.

Silica Health Benefits

This mineral plays an important role in the development of the skeletal system. The human body comprises seven grams of silica per weight. Researchers have shown that there are needed about 20 grams of silica to maintain strong bones, healthy hair and glowing skin. Like other minerals, silica must be continuously supplied. People with low levels of silica present brittle nails, wrinkled skin and fragile bones. The deficiency of this substance may also cause plaque formation on the arterial walls.

Silica promotes calcium absorption, stimulates the production of collagen and helps prevent a number of health conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, alopecia and atherosclerosis. The human body can turn silica into calcium when it is needed. This mineral strengthens the teeth and gums, stimulates the recovery of damaged skin tissue, and fights against naturally occurring bacteria and viruses. Silica has been shown to create supple arteries and enhance the immune system.

Individuals suffering from osteoporosis are advised to take silica supplements in order to restore the body’s healing ability and to alleviate pain. Studies have shown that this mineral helps prevent aluminum toxicity, stimulates hair growth and induces flexibility in the bones.

Best Sources of Silica

Silica can be obtained from a number of foods and plants such as cane pulp, comfrey and alfalfa. The most important sources of silica are peanuts, unrefined grains, raw cabbage, brown rice, what and avocados. Finding sufficient amounts of this mineral in foods is quite difficult, because most foods are refined to a point where all the nutrients have been removed. Taking silica supplements on a regular basis is the best way to incorporate this mineral in your daily diet.

The regular intake of silica supplements helps improve the elasticity of the joints, aids in the repair of vital lung tissues and regulates high blood pressure. It is has been scientifically proven that some form of daily supplementation with silica is beneficial. This mineral not only stimulates cell formation and metabolism, but it also helps prevent kidney stones and reduces the risk of heart disease.

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      Kate P 

      6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Great hub, but truly wish you'd given your sources for these claims.

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      PeanutButterWine 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

      Great Hub!

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