Silicon is a mineral which is required in human body for stronger bones and connective tissues. It is a ultra-trace mineral. Mainly, silicon is concentrated in cartilage, tendons, trachea, skin and bones. It is also involved in formation of bones and cartilages. The active involvement of Silicon in formation of connective tissues implies, its deficiency can cause osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, stroke, cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure. It is also required for better nails, hair and skin health. Although, it is not clearly established how it work inside body but silicon is required for keeping bones, connective tissues, hair and skin healthy.
Why Silicon is required inside body
- Required in bone and cartilage formation
- Deficiency can cause defects of bone and connective tissue
- Keeps hair, nails and skin healthy
- In post menopause, silicon supplementation prevents osteoporosis and increases trabecular bone volume and bone mineral density
- Also useful in various pathological conditions such as weak bones, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, premature hair loss, weak nails, muscle cramps, and digestive system disorders.
Food sources of Silicon
- Drinking water, other beverages, alcohol-free beer
- Unrefined high fibre content grains , grain products (rice, breakfast cereals, breads, and pasta)
- Green beans and raisins
- Root vegetables