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Essential Silica

The forgotten trace mineral for stronger bones, blood vessels, skin, hair, and nails.
Supports Systemic Detoxification & Cellular Regeneration.

Silica is a trace mineral which is only required by the body in small amounts and while there is no RDA for silica, most nutritionists agree that a daily intake from our diet is very important and necessary. 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.

theFutureLooksBrightSilica is a mineral associated with youth as the ratio of silicon to calcium in the body is highest when we are young. The highest concentrations of silicon in the body are found in the hair and nails, but it is also associated with healthy skin, bones, and teeth. A controversial theory states that silicon is actually transmutated into calcium by enzymes during digestion, making foods rich in silicon more important than those with calcium for building and repairing bones.

As we get older, the source of silica in our bodies becomes exhausted, resulting in wrinkles, dry skin, dull lifeless hair, and brittle nails and bones. Maintaining collagen underneath the skin augments elasticity and beauty. Collagen owes that attribute to Silica, which provides a beautiful complexion that is more than skin deep. Silica has been regarded as nature's building block and is our answer to healthier, younger looking, more radiant skin, hair and nails. It is a universal element in the human body that can be found free and soluble in water or combined with proteins and lipids, and has an exact relationship to mineral absorption. Its most important purpose is of immune nature, because the Silica partakes in the manufacturing process of antibodies/antigens and it encourages the conversion of LB (Lymphocyte B) into LT (Lymphocyte T).

The typical human body holds roughly seven grams of silica, a quantity far exceeding the numbers for other key minerals such as iron. Both iron and silica are body essential, meaning they are necessary for carrying our ongoing metabolic processes that are vital to life. Both elements must be continuously supplied. With Silica, strength and life, which often vanish as the years accumulate, can be naturally sustained or even restored to your skin.

Silica is one of those elements whose catalog of benefits just keeps mounting as time passes. Silica is the second most widespread element on earth, following oxygen. In its crystalline form, silicon (or quartz), is the most plentiful element in the earth's crust. When obtained from plant life, it is called Silica. Silica is crucial in bones, tendons, skin, cartilage and blood vessels. Silica is even located in blood itself, and in such important organs as the liver, heart and lungs. Silica is one of the most abundant minerals on the planet, but there are very few foods that contain an adequate amount to supply the quantity your body needs. Silica is easily absorbed via the intestinal wall and is also rapidly excreted, so consistent daily supplementation is important. Because it is water soluble, it does not accumulate in the body. Studies have not found any negative side effects from too much Silica. Its extensive range of uses and its safety make it an exhilarating—One treats all—alternative. We are totally convinced, are you?

In 1939, the Nobel Prize winner for chemistry, Professor Adolf Butenandt,
proved that life cannot exist without Silica.
In the 2003 book "Water & Salt" Dr. Barbara Hendel stated:
"Silica is the most important trace mineral for human health!"

Nutritional and Therapeutic Applications for Essential Silica

  1. Collagen production and connective tissue strengthening and support specifically for the joints, ligaments and muscles
  2. Bone strengthening, repair and support through enhanced calcium absorption within the 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 and preventing osteoporosis.
  3. Strengthening of teeth and gums prevents tooth decay and receding gums. It is said that it can help reverse cavity formation and if given to children, it can lead to beautiful teeth and jaw formation.
  4. Cardiovascular support: Silica in adequate quantities creates, fortifies and maintains 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. This action normalizes cholesterol levels.
  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. The presence of adequate Silica in the intestines will diminish inflammation of the intestinal tract. It can cause disinfection in the case of stomach and intestinal catarrh and ulcers. Silica can avert or clear up diarrhea and its opposite, constipation
  6. Silica can assist diabetes by encouraging synthesis of elastase (an enzyme) inhibitor by the pancreas.
  7. Silica can help prevent kidney stones and heal infections of the urinary tract. It is a natural diuretic which can increase excretion of urine by 30 percent, thus flushing the water-excreting system and restoring normal function to these vital organs.
  8. Immune system enhancement: Our skin is our first line of defense against naturally occurring bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens.
  9. Silica stimulates metabolism for higher energy levels
  10. Silica promotes and maintains healthy skin tissue, and improves wrinkled and ageing skin. Reported to fade age spots.
  11. Silica aids in the repair and maintenance of vital lung tissues and defending them from pollution.
  12. Silica decreases swelling due to its positive effects on the lymphatic system.
  13. Wound and burn healing: Silica stimulates the rapid re-growth of damaged skin tissue.
  14. Silica can assist in normalizing hemorrhoidal tissues, while lessening lower back pain.
  15. Maintains muscle, tendons and ligaments elasticity and flexibility. Healthy muscles contain at least 2% silica.
  16. Beautifies hair with luster, elasticity and vigor. Restores thinning hair, brittle nails, and dry skin. All of these external parts of our body are collagen based. It can help prevent and reverse graying hair.
  17. Essential Silica which is from Diatomaceous Earth has a negative charge and bacteria has a positive charge. It is believed that Diatomaceous Earth sweeps bacteria out of the body by trapping it in its honeycomb shaped skeletal form.
  18. Toxic metal elimination enhancement, Essential Silica has been shown to be a good eliminator of aluminum which has been named 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.

Do we need to supplement this mineral?

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 modern 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.
 

All of us need Silica, regardless of our age. It is as important to provide the body dietary sources of Silica early in life as it is during the aging process when Silica levels in tissue usually drop off steeply. Silica has an exact absolute influence on absorption of all minerals that the body requires to maintain health. It adds to the quality of life!

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