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 (also called silicic acid, a compound of silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen). A healthy, strong connective tissue is the prerequisite for firm skin, strong hair and strong fingernails.
Without silicic acid, 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, orange peel skin (cellulite), back problems, herniated discs as well as chronic degenerative joint problems (arthritis) can also be signs of silica deficiency.
Thanks to its strong ability to bind water, silica contributes to maintaining a water balance in the connective tissue cells.
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 the trace element 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, it is also an important building material for the teeth. It 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.
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).
Silicon helps to remove the light metal aluminium from the body. Aluminium can damage our nervous system, kidneys, lungs, and bones. It is also suspected of being involved in the development of Alzheimer’s and breast cancer. Aluminium enters our body primarily with food, cosmetics (e.g. deodorant, sunscreen, or toothpaste), and medical drugs containing aluminium compounds.
Normally very slow in removing aluminium, our body tends to gradually deposit the light metal. Silicon not only aids in aluminium removal, but it also prevents the light metal from being redeposited in the body and brain.
Interesting facts about silica
The vital trace element silicon (chemical Si) occurs in every tissue of the human organism. The acid of silicon dioxide is also called silicic acid. 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. Our earth consists of about 15 percent by mass of silicon: The earth’s mantle consists to a considerable extent of silicate rock melts and it is present in the earth’s crust in connection with oxygen as silicon dioxide (SiO₂). However, Silica’s 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 silicon itself, silicon deficiency is not uncommon these days. As a rule, the silicon 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 silicic acid 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.