Silicon
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Minerals

 

Silicon

Our 16th nutrient mineral (in alphabetical order). Trace element. Chemical symbol: Si. The second most abundant element on earth’s crust (first is oxygen). Proven to be essential to animals (for connective tissue metabolism and bone development), and believed to be crucial to human life. Silicon is found mainly in the skin, tendons, bones and artery walls.

Functions/Benefits
May help prevent hair loss. May protect against atherosclerosis. May prevent osteoporosis by helping the body utilize calcium in the bones.

Deficiency Symptoms
Unknown, but weakened nails, brittle bones, and poor skin may be symptoms.

Natural food sources
Whole grains, vegetables, hard drinking water, seafood.

US RDA: No official figures
EU RDA: No official figures
We need about 20-30 mcg per day. We normally should get about 200mcg from our normal diet.

Toxicity
Toxic if inhaled (causes silicosis of the lungs, a serious disorder). Silicon in our food is unlikely to be toxic. May contribute to kidney stones.

 

 

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