Our bodies are made up of billions of cells, and there is a vital link between healthy cells and healthy people. Healthy cells are damaged by a lack of silica, and the impairment becomes clearly visible only after prolonged periods of time. Reversal of such damage may not be achieved instantaneously; treatment is required for a period of time in order to restore cellular integrity.
SILICA DEFICIENCY CONSEQUENCES
INCREASE AS WE AGE.
Silicon absorption decreases with age. All other experiments in which silicon deficiency has been induced have demonstrated the importance of the element for the normal development of connective tissue and bone.
A deficiency in silica could result in reduced skin elasticity and wound healing due to its role in collagen and GAG formation (cartilage). As we know, proper collagen formation is essential for maintaining tight, wrinkle-free skin, so silica can also be beneficial for slowing down the signs of skin aging.
Research executed by Dr. Forrest H. Nielsen, Director of the Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), indicates prevalence of Silica deficiency in:
- Problems in Joints and Bones: Ligaments, Tendons and Cartilage.
- Sports Injuries, Arthritis, Arthrosis, Osteoporosis.
- Cardiovascular problems: Cholesterol, Hypertension, Atherosclerosis.
- Skin, Hair and Nails. Extended Healing Duration. Weakness in the connective tissue.
We are born with 7g. of silica throughout our body. Silicon levels decreases with ageing 1% every year. Dietary intake of silicon declines with age by approximately 0.1 mg/year. Losses are more intense from the age of 35/40 years onwards. Teenagers have 400% more silicon than the elderly. (70-80 years). Silica diminishment leads to reduced collagen production and many other molecules. Females have 35% less silicon than males.
In animals, a silica deficient diet has been shown to produce poorly formed connective tissue, including collagen. In fact, silica has been shown to contribute to certain enzyme activities that are necessary for normal collagen formation. Silica is essential for maintaining the health of connective tissues due to its interaction with the formation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which are structural building blocks of these types of tissue. One well-known GAG important for skin health is hyaluronic acid, which has been shown to promote skin cell proliferation and increase the presence of retinoic acid, improving the skin’s hydration.
What Food Sources ARE GOOD
FOR LACK OF SILICA?
Silica can also be found in certain types of water, such as Fiji brand water, which contains more than four times the levels found in other bottled waters due to the leaching of water-soluble silica from volcanic rock. In fact, beverages contribute to more than half of the total dietary intake of silica, and the silica content of water depends entirely on its geological source. Silica can also be found in trace mineral supplements. It’s best to get silica from natural sources, and food sources of silica include leeks, green beans, garbanzo beans, strawberries, cucumber, mango, celery, asparagus and rhubarb.