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.