What is Silica?
Silica contains silicon and oxygen, two of the most abundant elements in the earth’s crust. Even though you can obtain silicon from dietary sources, consuming a modern diet may lead to silicon deficiencies in your body because processed foods and fruits and vegetables grown in depleted soil have reduced amounts of this trace mineral. Silicon plays a vital role supporting the production of collagen in the body. Collagen is a protein responsible for connective tissues such as tendons, cartilage and ligaments. Your skin, hair and nails also depend on collagen to remain healthy.
- Improved bone and joint health
- Enhances health of skin, hair, and nails
- Repairs connective tissue structure
- Helps production of collagen, promoting both flexibility in joints and elasticity in your veins and arteries–contributing to your cardiovascular health
- Coordinates absorption/production of other mineral nutrients in the body
- Silica can lower your blood sugar levels (proceed with care if you have diabetes).
- Silica can impact the absorption of Vitamin B-1 (also called thiamine or thiamin) in your body. If supplementing with Vitamin B1, do take these separately and avoid long-term silica supplementation.
- Silica acts as a diuretic. Do not combine with other diuretics (including water pills), or take if you have low potassium levels.
- For the previous reason, please also increase your water intake to prevent dehydration and keep washing for low potassium levels.
- Prolonged silica supplementation may lead to a buildup of extra silica within the body, and affect the kidneys. Only small quantities are required.
- Silica supplements can enhance some medications, so it’s important to tell your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medications you take before taking them.