Dubbed the “beauty mineral” for its ability to improve skin elasticity and promote hair and nail growth, silica possesses anti-aging capabilities that extend far beyond the aesthetic and deep into tissues and cells. Research has shown that silica helps…
- Stimulate collagen production and bone formation
- Relieve joint and cartilage inflammation
- Soothe gastrointestinal upset
- Promote healthy teeth and gums
- Stabilize burns and accelerate wound healing
- And even improve asthma!
By increasing collagen in the connective tissues of the body, silica not only forestalls physical aging, but also promotes flexibility and keeps the body pain free. In addition to strong bones, silica nurtures a robust cardiovascular system and a sharp, alert brain.
Strengthen Your Heart Health
You’re born with high levels of silica and low levels of calcium, but as you age, this ratio shifts, which doesn’t bode well for your cardiovascular system. Healthy levels of silica keep your arteries plaque-free. Silica helps build bone matter by ushering calcium into bone tissue. Without sufficient silica, calcium builds up in the bloodstream and calcifies in blood vessels, clogging arteries and leading to atherosclerosis, which in turn increases your risk for heart attack and stroke. By preventing calcium calcification, silica helps keep your heart healthy.
Prevent Age-related Dementia
Silica helps detox the body of heavy metals, particularly aluminum. We’re exposed to aluminum through cookware, cosmetics, foil, secondhand smoke, sunscreens, beverages…there’s really no escaping the heavy metal overload! Think twice before over-vaccinating…vaccines always contain aluminum, and when injected, aluminum bypasses the normal elimination route (through your urine). Aluminum settles in bone, heart, and brain tissue, thereby contributing to Parkinson’s, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer’s, and other neurological and autoimmune diseases. Silica helps clear your system of aluminum, thereby preventing age-related dementia.
Soak Up Some Silica
Aim for an intake of 20 grams of silica a day. (We secrete 10-40 mg daily through urination and hair loss!) Unrefined whole grains such as oats, barley, rye, and wheat, as well as alfalfa sprouts, nuts, and seeds, provide whole food sources high in silica. For all you herb lovers out there, horsetail is an abundant source of silica. Drink it as a daily tea or take it in tincture form.
It’s difficult to overdue it with silica, but high silica levels may cause B1 and potassium levels to drop. Be sure to stay hydrated with water, and monitor B1 and potassium levels if taking a daily silica supplement.