What Is Silicon Dioxide?
What is Silica?
Silicon is a naturally occurring mineral found in many foods and ingredients. Silica, otherwise known as Silicon Dioxide, is a chemical mix of silicon and oxygen. The Silica compound is found in everything from the Earth’s crust to living creatures like plants and animals, and is important for the normal development and health of our bones, skin, hair and nails.
What Are the Benefits of Silicon Dioxide?
Bone Strength: Epidemiological studies show a connection between a Silicon diet and high Bone Mineral Density (BMD), meaning bones are made stronger and are healthier with appropriate Silicon diets. In one study, dietary silicon intake had a measurable positive correlation with higher BMD, suggesting skeletal health may be bolstered by — or even rely on — Silicon intake. In fact, PeaceHealth lists Silica as a homeopathic primary remedy to Osteoporosis, a condition affecting bone structure. And, Silica deficiency can lead to skeletal deformities or weak joints, making Silica vital for bone health.
Hair, Skin, and Nail Health: Your hair, nails and skin are the external display of your internal health. Presence of toxins or lack of proper nutrition can lead to drastic changes in these external features, from acne outbreaks to hair loss. These features are fed by nutrients such as collagen, a protein using amino acids to strengthen skin and promote hydration. In an article for the Brazilian Society of Dermatology, doctors explain Silicon is “important for optimal collagen synthesis,” and “higher silicon content in the hair results in a lower rate of hair loss.”
Detoxification: Silicon Dioxide (link to verified science page) is an enterosorbent, a molecule capable of collecting other molecules or substances by binding to them either by chemical or physical interactions within the digestive tract. This means Silica goes in your body, attaches to toxins like a magnet, and removes them from your body. A clinical trial testing the effectiveness of Silica at removing aluminum from the body found patients had increased excretion of aluminum while consuming Silica for the trial, with significantly lower levels of excretion after the trial ended. The consumed Silica entered the body, bonded with the aluminum, then carried it out.
Is Silicon Dioxide Safe in Food?
In short, yes! Silicon and Silica are both natural components of human development. This means they are both safe for humans and beneficial. Researchers have conducted multiple clinical studies relating specifically to how Silicon Dioxide processes through your body.
Many of the foods we eat contain added chemicals which, when absorbed into the body in high quantities, can cause discomfort. Silica, on the other hand, is not absorbed into the body. Instead the enterosorbent enters, grabs toxins, and exits. This means Silica helps remove harmful toxins safely without remaining in the digestive tract.
Finding Silicon Dioxide in Nature
Silicon Dioxide is already present in many foods we eat on a daily basis. It is naturally found in water, plants and animals. Considering the Earth’s crust is nearly 59 percent Silica, it follows that fruits and vegetables growing from soil contain high concentrations of it.
Some common sources of Silica include:
- Underground Plants - Potatoes, beets and carrots
- Whole Grains - Oats, rice bran, brown rice and bran cereals
- Leafy Vegetables & Sprouts - Alfalfa and lettuce
- Fruits - Bananas, raisins, oranges and strawberries
Polisorb and Silicon Dioxide
Polisorb is a concentrated, pure form of Silicon Dioxide, helping to naturally detox your digestive tract by binding with toxic substances as it passes through your body. Whereas the Silica found in the foods listed above is sometimes absorbed by the human body, Polisorb’s pure form of Silicon Dioxide is not absorbed, and thereby serves only to remove toxins. Instead, it acts like a magnet, attracting toxins in your digestive tract through toxic foods or substances. This process can often alleviate stomach discomfort by removing irritants such as heavy metals or allergens from your body to stop disrupting the delicate balance in your gut. Polisorb works as quickly as 10-15 minutes after consumption!