Silica For Strong Bones
How this Beauty Mineral Goes Beyond Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails
By Kathy Shwydky, BCRPA-certified fitness instructor and health enthusiast who regularly contributes to natural health and fitness magazines.
Silica is well-known for its beauty benefits of supporting healthy skin, nails and hair, but it also possesses a lesser-known — but perhaps even more important — health benefit. It helps build strong bones. Silica is an important building block for collagen, which not only helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles, it is also vital for strong bones. Bones are made up mostly of collagen, and since collagen levels drop as you age, your bones can become brittle. Silica prevents the decalcification of bones that is associated with aging.
According to the National Institutes of Health, dietary silicon in the soluble form of orthosilicic acid may be important for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue and help reduce the risk of the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. Numerous studies have investigated the role that silica plays with regards to bone health and one study found a 9.6% increase in bone mineral density at hip sites in premenopausal women and a 4.3% increase for men. This is great news for helping reduce your risk of fractures from osteoporosis, which are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined.
Silica’s benefit for bone health may not be visible on the outside, but as it builds collagen to strengthen your bones, you may notice fewer wrinkles as a (pretty nice!) side-effect. Bone density tests are recommended for all women aged 65 and over, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore your bone health in the meantime. Strength training is a well- known way to help prevent osteoporosis, as is ensuring you are getting enough Vitamin D and Calcium. Add a silica supplement to the mix and you should have strong hair, nails, and bones for years to come.