Silica – The Element of LIFE
Silica is the most abundant element on Earth but most people are silica deficient. Silica is responsible for cellular communication in the body and thanks to it life is possible.
It is interesting to note that silica is abundant where life is created; and where renewal and rejuvenation takes place, but it is absent when the organism is dying. Silica is very important in creation of new cells, tissues and organ repair as well as organ creation.
Deficit of silica in the human organism leads to unfavorable changes in mind and body.
Supplementation and General Properties
Supplementation with silica protects the brain from the danger of aluminum accumulation and other heavy metals. Silica plays a very important role in the process of aging by considerably slowing down the process and enhancing positive qualities of that process.
Horsetail – Natural Silica Source
Acidity of the system is strongly related to excess of calcium and deficiency of silica. Deficiency of silica is manifested by symptoms of diseases, including most chronic health problems. Silica is the main component of the human matrix, responsible for capturing the energy from the Sun and through different metabolic processes, providing us the energy we need to live. Most minerals do not find their proper place in human body because of lack of silica. Silica is important in the detoxification of all the heavy metals.
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. After several weeks of taking silica, basal metabolism improves and the vitality and joy of living gradually returns.
Proper growth and development.
It has been shown that in bone demineralization, silica deficiency is a precursor to calcium deficiency. 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. Research has demonstrated the efficacy of silica supplementation on a much broader spectrum of maladies from youth through middle and old age.
It needs to be understood that the best silica as well as other minerals come from plants which have the ability to make it bio-available to humans, as oppose to rocks or industrial forms which cannot be well digested and discarded by the body, contributing to disturbance in the perfectly balanced human system.
Silica and Collagen
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.
Researchers are exploring the possibility that supplementation of silica, rather than calcium may be what is needed for maintaining strong bones and strengthening of teeth and gums.
Silica in adequate quantities creates supple arteries and veins and is effective in removing plaque from artery walls.
Most disorders of the stomach and digestive tract involve a degradation of the lining in the G.I. tract. Silica is an essential element in rebuilding and maintaining these tissues.
Immune system enhancement and healing:
Our skin is our first line of defense against naturally occurring bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Silica promotes and maintains healthy skin tissue. In wound and burn healing, silica stimulates the rapid re-growth of damaged skin tissue. Thinning hair, brittle nails, and dry skin are all external parts of our body that are collagen based. Silica has been shown to be a good eliminator of aluminum. Aluminum has been implicated as a cause of Alzheimer’s disease. 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.
If silica is the second most prevalent element on earth, why are most people deficient? The reason is threefold: As we age, scientific measurements have shown that the human body retains less and less silica. Silica does not occur in sufficient amounts in a wide enough 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.
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.
Silica is the second most abundant element on earth. It is an essential element of living matter and humans have a critical need for this element. Silica is a vital mineral that is almost completely overlooked by mainstream nutritionists.
In studies during the 1970’s, it was found that silica supplementation aided bone and cartilage growth. In 1993, it was reported that treatment with silica could stimulate bone formation. By the 1990s, silica formulations were being used by some pharmaceutical companies on wound and burn dressings because it was recognized that silica healed wounds more quickly and could stabilize burns.
We are born with an abundance of silica and relatively low amounts of calcium. Then with every advancement in chronological age, the amount of calcium increases and the amount of silica decreases within the body. Silica enhances the function of iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and boron, and is essential for bone development and growth. Bones need silica to re-calcify and to strengthen bone tissue. A silica deficiency in tissue causes a calcium deficiency which, in turn, results in a loss of tissue elasticity.
Silica is also one of the most important constituents of the body’s connective tissue, including
cartilage, vascular lining, tendons, and ligaments. It is found in the thymus gland, the adrenal glands, the liver, the spleen, the pancreas and in considerable quantity in hair. It functions as a cross-linking agent, providing strength, flexibility, and resilience to collagen and elastin connective tissues. It is known to play a part in the integrity of the bones, arterial walls skin, teeth, gums, hair and nails, and has been used to alleviate eczema and psoriasis. Recently, modern research has focused on determining the role of silica in rheumatic disorders and arterial disease.
Silica is thought to improve the cardiovascular system, decreasing the risk of coronary problems. It has been shown to be abundant (up to 14 times more) in the arteries of people who are free of heart disease. It is essential in maintaining the structural integrity, elasticity and permeability of the arteries, thereby regulating the blood pressure.
There is a relationship between silica and the rate of aluminum concentration in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Much research points to the fact that a deficiency of silica in one’s diet is the causal effect of an increase of aluminum in the body, and its ultimate accumulation into the synapses of the brain. Silica plays an important role in helping the body to eliminate this accumulation of aluminum, which is a causative factor in certain forms of senility, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Research shows that skeletal diseases such as osteomalacia (soft bones), and osteoporosis (porous bones and/or spontaneous fractures, as well as shrinkage) although caused by a calcium deficiency, do not respond to calcium therapy alone. Research conducted in Paris , France by noted biophysicists Louis Kervran, and in the United States by Dr. Richard Barmakian, shows that fractured bones did not heal at all when high amounts of calcium were present. They heal fair to poorly when moderate amounts of calcium were present. However, they heal extremely well when relatively low amounts of calcium were present with an abundance of silica. It has been shown that in bone demineralization, silica deficiency is a precursor to calcium deficiency.
Silica: Getting Enough
Maintaining a healthy level of silica may overall retard the aging process. The average adult body requires the maintenance of about 20 grams of silica to promote good health. However, the body metabolizes and secretes about 10-40 mg. of silica per day through urination, hair loss and nail trimming. Thus, the body’s natural level of silica declines with age causing signs of aging such as bone loss, dry and wrinkled skin, weakened teeth and gums and hair loss to occur.
Given the importance of silica in our diet, it is surprising that more people are not aware of it. Silica remains the missing element in many anti-aging programs of today. The more silica, the younger is our body. Without silica it is impossible to maintain youthful appearance. Everywhere where there is growth or restoration of the body there is a need for silica. Without silica the normal growth of children is disrupted. Due to silica we can integrate our state of consciousness. By implementing this knowledge we could achieve considerable drop in the incidence of valance in our society.
Silica can play a very important role in treating cancer by contributing to detoxification of heavy metals and pathogens like fungus. Horsetail also contains Kynurenic acid, which reduces inflammation and pain, as well as silica, which supports collagen production. It also contains chlorophyll, known to fight cancer by preventing the cytotoxic and hyperproliferative effects of iron metabolism.
Additionally, research suggests that horsetail has antioxidant properties and may even inhibit cancer cell growth because of this.
* Journal of Nutritional Health Aging. 2007 Mar-Apr; 11(2): 99–110.
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