Bamboo silica benefits
The connective tissue of the skin, cartilage, tendons and intervertebral discs retains its elastic stability thanks to the structural properties of silica. A healthy, strong connective tissue is the prerequisite for firm skin, strong hair and strong fingernails.
Without silica, the connective tissue loses its strength and elasticity, the skin slacks (connective tissue weakness), joint cartilage wears out and intervertebral discs lose their elasticity. In addition to skin aging/wrinkle formation, brittle fingernails, dull hair and unsightly orange peel skin (cellulite), back problems, herniated discs and chronic degenerative joint problems (arthritis) can also be signs of silica deficiency.
Water balance. Thanks to its strong ability to bind water, silica contributes to maintaining a water balance in the connective tissue cells.
Cardiovascular system. On the one hand, blood vessels have to be strong enough to withstand blood pressure, on the other hand they have to be elastic for the pulsating blood flow. To do this, they need silica. A lack of silica can lead to hardening of blood vessels and thus impair blood flow and with it the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the body. Further consequences of brittle blood vessels can be micro-ruptures in the endothelium, which can lead to chronic inflammation, arteriosclerosis and vascular occlusion.
Bone and dental health. Together with vitamins K and D, silica supports the storage of calcium in the bones. It is therefore essential for the biosynthesis (maturation) of the bone matrix and prevents osteoporosis. Together with calcium, silica is also an important building material for the teeth and supports the formation and maintenance of healthy teeth as well as the formation of collagen in the connective tissue of the gums and jaw area.
Immune system. Silica activate the formation of T lymphocytes (T helper cells) and scavenger cells (phagocytes) as part of the body’s immune system against malignant microorganisms (such as harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses).
Interesting facts about silica
The vital trace element silica (chemical silicon or Si) occurs in every tissue of the human organism. It is particularly important for fast-growing tissue such as hair, skin and nails, but it is also indispensable for connective tissue, bones and joints. Even if our earth consists of about 15 percent by mass of silica (the earth’s mantle consists to a considerable extent of silicate rock melts, it is present in the earth’s crust in connection with oxygen as silicon dioxide (SiO₂)), its organically bound form which is usable for us is only found in a few foods and is also often destroyed during the processing of food. Since the body cannot produce silica itself, silica deficiency is not uncommon these days. As a rule, the silica content in the organism also decreases with age. This means that typical signs of aging such as degenerative joint diseases and disc problems as well as less elastic connective tissue and age-related wrinkling are among other things the result of a falling silica content in the body.
Organically bound bamboo silica. Plants absorb silica from the soil via their roots and incorporate it into their organic cell matrix as a structuring and water-retaining (hygroscopic) element. Compared to silica that is not organically bound, plant silica has a smaller particle size. This is not only necessary for the absorption of silica in plant cells, but the smaller particles also ensure higher bioavailability in humans (approx. 40%).
Since bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea) is particularly good at absorbing silica from the soil, bamboo has a comparatively high organic silica content of 75% to 80% – this is also responsible for the high elasticity and strength of bamboo. Silica from bamboo is not only highly bioavailable for us humans, but also very well received by the body.