What is Silica?
Silica, also known as silicon dioxide which is different to silicone used for medical devises or breast implants. It is a trace mineral found in plant foods such as barley, bell peppers, brown rice, horsetail plant, oats, root vegetables, strawberries, cucumber, mango, celery, asparagus and wholegrain cereals. It is an important aspect of plant structure. It is present in soil, and is the most abundant mineral found in the earth’s crystal rock. As silica is a part of the structure of plants, the amount of silica you consume has a direct relation to the amount of fibre in your diet.
How does it work in the body?
Silica contributes to some of the enzymes that are needed in collagen production, skin cell proliferation and hyaluronic acid. It gives body tissues strength, stability and structure. Present in bone, cartridge, tendons, blood vessels, skin, hair and nails. As your cells are regenerating and repairing all of the time, we need to ensure adequate amounts of silica are going into our bodies build the basic structures.
How can I take Silica?
It is often found in supplements designed to support bone, joint, blood vessel and skin health. It is available in ‘food form’ from encapsulated red algae or in the form of encapsulated horsetail.