Silicon is an essential mineral that is found throughout the body. Silicon is known for its ability to combine with Calcium, Potassium, and Phosphorus to build strong bones, nails, and teeth. It is also needed for maintaining a normal rate of hair growth. Silicon is the second most abundant element on the earth (behind oxygen), and constitutes nearly 28% of the earth's crust. Physiologically, silicon deficiencies have been associated with aberrant metabolism of connective tissue and bone.
Silicon is also found in the following herbs: Alfalfa, bilberry, birch, black cohosh, 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.
While nutritional deficiencies are rare, silicon is often added to supplement products that are specifically intended for bone health or osteoporosis.
Antagonists include alcoholic beverages, tobacco (nicotine), cola drinks, most soft drinks (other than natural juices), coffee and tea (caffeinated and decaffeinated), chocolate (cocoa), inorganic mineral water (tap, well, spring), polluted air, refined sugar and refined sugar substitutes, overcooking foods, dairy products, refined and processed foods, polyunsaturated fats, radiation exposure, microwaving foods, synthetic estrogen, birth control pills, most all drug medications.
Silicon is essential for strong bones and teeth; it helps maintain healthy hair and nails; it is needed for protection against infectious diseases. Silicon influences bone formation and calcification, being concentrated in the active growth areas of the bone.
Deficiency symptoms include premature aging, wrinkles, brittle nails, alopecia (thinning hair), baldness, insomnia, retarded growth rate, osteoporosis, impaired bone structure. NOTE: If two or more of these deficiency symptoms are present then you may need therapeutic supplementation of Silicon.
Silicon may be useful in the treatment of: