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Silicon - Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms and Food Sources

What is Silicon?

Silicon is most commonly found in the form of silica, a compound of silicon and oxygen also known as silicon dioxide (Si02). It is found in the ashes of plants and in the human skeleton. Due to its hardness nature, silicon was named from the Latin silex or silicis, meaning "flint." Silicon is hypothesized to play an essential role in the body, but this is uncertain. Silicon supplements are currently marketed for improving the health of bone, skin, hair, and nails.

Uses and Benefits of Silicon

Silicon, in brief, is a master mineral that initiates heal and new tissue construction, (especially connective tissue and bone), strength and stability of the tissues and nerves and resistance to disease including, cardiovascular diseases and collagen and bone diseases such as all forms of arthritis and osteoporosis. It also makes the eyes bright and protects the skin from becoming flabby. It is beneficial in all healing processes and protects the body against many diseases, such as tuberculosis, irritations in the mucous membranes, and skin disorders.

Recommended Dosage of Silicon

The daily dietary intake of silicon is estimated to be between 20 to 50 mg, with lower intakes associated with animal-based diets and higher intakes associated with vegetarian diets. The average diet is estimated to provide 5 to 20 mg of silicon per day-an amount that appears adequate. When used as a supplement, common amounts range from 1 to 2 mg per day.

Deficiency Symptoms of Silicon

The common deficiency symptoms of silicon are :-

  • Impaired bone growth
  • • Disturbances of bone formation and pigmentation of frontal teeth.
  • • Increased susceptibility to coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis.
  • Aging of skin (wrinkles)
  • Thinning or loss of hair
  • Poor bone development
  • Soft or brittle nails
  • Slow healing
  • Fatigue
  • Dull/glazed eyes
  • Decreased growth
  • Skin pallor
  • Deterioration of memory
  • Tooth demineralization,
  • Abnormal tooth enamel

Rich Food Sources of Silicon

Good dietary sources for silicon include whole-grain breads and cereals, root vegetables, and beer. A form of silicon called silicates is added to some processed foods. Silicon is also found in the following herbs: Alfalfa, bilberry, birch, black walnut, burdock, caraway, celery, chaparral, cornsilk, couch grass, dulse, eyebright, feverfew, gentian, ginseng, hawthorn, horsetail, jojoba, kelp, marjoram, nettle, oatstraw, oregon grape, parsley, peppermint, rose hips, sage, shave grass, stevia, thyme.

     
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