Silica has been proven to improve the health of our bones, hair, skin and nails. Human hair contains 90 micrograms of silica per every gram. Only our bones contain more of this mineral, and that is the reason why we must make sure we have enough of silica to have healthy bones and hair. Silica is important for optimal synthesis of collagen and for activating the hydroxylation enzymes, improving strength and elasticity of the skin. Careful analyses of scientific research on silica leads us to a clear conclusion that silica is absolutely essential for the body to create and maintain collagen.

As we get older, we need more silica to stay healthy, and it looks like we don’t get enough silica from dietary sources and water. For this reason supplementation seems to be a reasonable solution.

Bamboo Extract is the richest known source of silica as it contains 70% organic silica and therefore is about 10 times more potent source of silica than horsetail. Bamboo extracts works by raising the body’s levels of silica and will benefit our bones, skin, hair, teeth, and nails, reduce wrinkles,

Apart from bamboo extract, much smaller concentrations of silica are found in unrefined cereals, apples, cherries, almonds, oranges, seeds, and oats.

Studies demonstrate that silica from bamboo extract is not only beneficial for our hair, skin, nails or bones but even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by helping our body eliminate aluminium. In addition, supplementing with organic silica from bamboo extract seems to be safe.

“There is no question that silica is a crucial component when it comes to the health of the hair, and there are various studies that found links between the two. Not just that, but the efficiency of silica-based products is well-documented and supported by various studies, including a double-blind, placebo controlled one that helped prove bamboo extract’s positive effects against hair loss. While the placebo group’s average hair density remained the same throughout the study the other group of subjects who received silica supplements showed tremendous improvements. There were no reported adverse events during the study, which came to the conclusion that oral supplements containing bamboo extract (silica) can be an effective method for significant hair growth.”


“Silica found in bamboo, was used as a possible treatment for asthma and tuberculosis.”

Iler RK. Solubility, polymerisation, colloid and surface properties, and biochemistry. John Wiley & Sons; New York: 1979. The chemistry of silica. [Ref list]

There is no study available on silica sourced from bamboo extract (which is an organic type of silica) but there is some scientific data on another type of organic silica – the monomethyl silanetriol (MMST) which consumed in France. And this organic silica does not cause adverse effects:

“The MMST is not only organic, but also monomeric while other silicates show different degrees of polymerization, which should explain the different silicon absorption values in experiments with rats and in some preliminary studies in humans.25,27 Some studies have shown that it is readily absorbed after digestion and observed no adverse events with its use.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4938278/

A quote which suggests organic silica found in food is safe (bamboo silica is also organic):

“For much of the population with normal renal function the normal intake of dietary silicon from foods and water has not been associated with any known toxicity.”


National Academy of sciences. National Academy Press; Washington DC, USA: 2001. Dietary reference intakes for vitamin A, vitamin K, boron, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, nickel, silicon, vanadium and zinc.

Another research suggesting safety of silica:

Orthosilicic acid is the form predominantly absorbed by humans and is found in numerous tissues including bone, tendons, aorta, liver and kidney. Compelling data suggest that silica is essential for health although no RDI has been established. However, deficiency induces deformities in skull and peripheral bones, poorly formed joints, reduced contents of cartilage, collagen, and disruption of mineral balance in the femur and vertebrae… A few rodent studies have been conducted, which indicate a No Observed Adverse Effects Level (NOAEL) of 50,000 ppm (mg/L) for dietary silica. In conclusion, many forms of silica exist in nature and compelling data support myriad beneficial effects of silica in water.”

J Nutr Health Aging. 2007 Mar-Apr;11(2):94-7. The chemistry of silica and its potential health benefits. Martin KR1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17435951

On the basis of the two next quotes we can draw a conclusion that western populations (including UK) are deficient in dietary silica in comparison with people living in China and India:

“For most Western populations dietary intake of Si is between 20-50 mg Si/day.”

National Academy of sciences. National Academy Press; Washington DC, USA: 2001. Dietary reference intakes for vitamin A, vitamin K, boron, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, nickel, silicon, vanadium and zinc.

“Higher intakes (140-204 mg/day) have been reported in China and India where plant-based foods may form a more predominant part of the diet.

Chen F, Cole P, Wen L, et al. Estimates of trace element intakes in Chinese farmers. Community and International Nutrition. 1994;124:196–201.

Anasuya A, Bapurao S, Paranjape PK. Fluoride and silicon intake in normal and endemic fluorotic areas. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology. 1996;10:149–155.

Gastrointestinal absorption of Si decreases with ageing:


“There is perhaps no question that silicon appears to have a beneficial role in bone formation and in bone health. Since the findings of Carlisle (17) and Schwarz & Milne (16) of a potential role of silicon in bone and connective tissues, there have been numerous studies over the past 30 years investigating this potential role of dietary silicon.”


UK water deficient in silica:

“UK tap water contains very low levels of dissolved silicon or silicic acid (more often referred to as silica), which is unfortunate for the nation’s health. Everyone should drink silicon-rich mineral water every day to remove toxic aluminium from their bodies and brains.”

Silica removes aluminium from the body reducing risk of Alzheimer’s:

“Over the last 10 years, my team at Keele University has been looking into the effectiveness of drinking water high in silicon to help remove aluminium from the body. Aluminium is a toxin which has been strongly linked to the development of Alzheimer’s as well as other human diseases including Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.”

“What we have found in clinical trials, involving both healthy individuals and individuals with disease, is that drinking around a litre of silicon-rich mineral water every day can speed up the removal of toxic aluminium from the body via the kidneys and ultimately urine. In fact, our studies showed that individuals experienced significant reductions in their body burden of aluminium, including falls of up to 70% in one case, over a 12 week period.”

“Silicon-rich mineral waters help to remove aluminium from the body because they are actually rich in soluble silicon or silicic acid. This form of silicon immediately follows water molecules through the gut wall and into the bloodstream where it forms a complex with aluminium called an hydroxyaluminosilicate. This form of aluminium can be easily filtered from the blood by the kidney. Hence, silicon-rich mineral waters increase the excretion of aluminium in the urine.”


“The women with Alzheimer’s disease were 2.7 times more likely to have daily silica intake considerably lower than those without Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers found. They suggest that silica is a “natural antidote” to aluminum, which has been linked to the formation of so-called senile plaques in the brain.”


Sophie Gillette-Guyonnet, Sandrine Andrieu, Fatemeh Nourhashemi, Viviane de La Guéronnière, Hélène Grandjean and Bruno Vellas; Cognitive impairment and composition of drinking water in women: findings of the EPIDOS Study; American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 81, No. 4, 897-902, April 2005.


Silica: A Little Known Element Comes of Age

(SOURCE: http://www.eidon.com/silica_article/)

Silica’s importance in overall optimal bodily function has been recognized for quite some time. As early as 1878, Louis Pasteur predicted that silica would be found to be an important therapeutic substance for many diseases and would play a significant role in human health and consequently nutrition.

Silica Research

During the 20th century, progress was made by pioneering researchers and scientists such as Carlisle, Butenandt, Iler, Bergna, Kervran, and Schwartz. Edith Carlisle’s work in the 70’s through the 90’s at the UCLA School of Public Health, perhaps more than any other, demonstrated the necessity of having silica in the body for proper growth and development. As a result of her research, we know that silica is absolutely essential for the body to create and maintain collagen. What was dramatically shown through Carlisle’s research was that when silica is withheld from normal nutrition, gross abnormalities develop and normal growth does not take place. While Carlisle’s work was done with chickens and mice, humans have also been experimenting with silica.

Human experimentation has yielded some amazing results. Where animal research showed the absolute necessity of silica for healthy and normal growth maintenance, human research has demonstrated the effects of silica supplementation on a much broader spectrum of maladies from youth through middle and old age.

The necessity of silica for collagen formation and development is the basis of many of these physiological effects. Collagen is the tough fibrous material that holds us together. Many aging problems are a direct result of the body’s inability to maintain adequate collagen. Think for a moment about the following aging problems: joint deterioration, brittle bones, hardening of the arteries, dry skin, inability to digest food properly, weakened teeth and gums, and atrophying organs. They all are collagen related in one form or another. When we are young, Silica levels in our body are high and our bones and joints are flexible. Our skin is supple and glowing. As we age, Silica levels decline and without adequate tissue levels of Silica, we manifest many of the symptoms of aging such as joint disease, weakened digestion, and wrinkled skin, to name a few.

Nutritional and Therapeutic Applications for Silica

  1. Connective tissue strengthening and support (joint, ligaments and muscles)
  2. Bone strengthening and support through enhanced calcium absorption Within bone, silica is the essential component making up the collagen matrix upon which calcium is deposited. This relationship is so fundamental that it is truly impossible to form bone without both calcium and silica. In fact, researchers are exploring the possibility that supplementation of silica, rather than calcium may be what is needed for maintaining strong bones.
  3. Strengthening of teeth and gums
  4. Cardiovascular support: Silica in adequate quantities creates supple arteries and veins and is effective in removing plaque from artery walls. This has actually been known since 1958 when Loeper and Loeper found arteriosclerotic artery walls showed excessively high levels of calcium and lower than normal levels of in silica.
  5. Stomach and digestive disorders : Most disorders of the stomach and digestive tract involve a degradation of the lining in the G.I. tract. Silica is an essential element involved in rebuilding and maintaining these tissues.
  6. Immune system enhancement: Our skin is our first line of defense against naturally occurring bacteria, virus’s, and other pathogens. Silica promotes and maintains healthy skin tissue.
  7. Wound and burn healing: Silica stimulates the rapid re-growth of damaged skin tissue.
  8. Thinning hair, brittle nails, and dry skin. All of these external parts of our body are collagen based.
  9. Aluminum elimination enhancement: Silica has been shown to be a good eliminator of aluminum. Aluminum has been implicated as a cause of Alzheimer’s. While the above areas may seem quite diverse, in actuality they are directly or indirectly related to proper collagen formation. Given that connective tissue is basically collagen, the inability of the body to rebuild this tissue will result in excessive injuries, general deterioration, or excessively long periods of healing time when injuries occur.

To Supplement or Not To Supplement?

The age-old debate rages on with a definitive swing in favor of supplementation. The American medical establishment is also beginning to embrace the need for supplementation to enhance health and longevity. Why is there a need to supplement with silica if it is the second most prevalent element on earth? The reason is threefold:

  1. As we age, scientific measurements have shown that the human body retains less and less silica.
  2. Silica does not occur in sufficient amounts in a wide variety of foodstuffs. It is primarily found in natural oats, millet, barley, wheat and potatoes. If we eat these foods at all, they are normally refined to a point where all the silica has been removed.
  3. The average American diet does not contain adequate levels of essential nutrients especially Silica.

Studies have shown that the average person ingests between 20 to 60 milligrams of silica daily depending upon their diet. Results from people who have supplemented with silica at 375 mg per day support silica’s effectiveness and reinforce the fact that 20 to 60 milligrams per day is not adequate. According to researchers some form of daily silica supplementation will be very beneficial.


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