Organic silicon: essential element and source of life

In its pure form, organic Silicon does not exist in nature as it is quickly conjoined with water and oxygen.

Organic silicon is one of the twelve main constituents of the elemental composition of living beings.

It is an essential element in life as it plays a vital biological role.

Organic Silicon can be found in the bones, muscles, tendons, pancreas, liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, thyroids, thymus, heart and vascular walls.

The human foetus is also rich in organic silicon as it is used as a natural reserve for the formation and maintenance of the bones and exoskeleton.

The quantity of organic Silicon that is present in the organs and tissues decreases with age, which means that we will need to supplement it externally as we get older.

Organic Silicon acts as a “conductive” or “locomotive” molecule. It attaches itself weakly to other molecules and modifies the properties of the cellular membranes, enabling the molecules to enter the cells. This role could be related to silicon bio-electronics.

Natural sources of organic Silicon

We can find Silicon in powdered red algae (Lithothanium calcareum), in horsetail (Equisetum arvense) and in the fluid that is extracted from the bamboo stem (Bambusa vulgaris).

Clinical applications

Pregnancy

The gestating mother who has an adequate level of Silicon, with stretchy muscles, cartilages and skin will find the childbirth process easier and will be able to avoid stretch-marks. The mother will provide the foetus with organic Silicon via nutrients or her own reserves. The foetus has a much higher amount of organic Silicon than it will have over the course of its life.

Osteoporosis

Silicon fuels the action that Calcium and Vitamin D have on increasing bone density. Organic silicon stimulates osteoblasts (the development of the bone and embedding of Calcium in the bone)

Joints

Silicon is the structural foundation of cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone mass. It has a reinforcing effect on the connective tissue.

It is used for the treatment of degenerative arthritis or arthrosis when the peri-articular connective tissue depletes or even disappears. Vitamin C and Silicon work well together in the formation of cartilage.

Cardio-vascular System

When arteries are affected by atherosclerotic plaques (cholesterol), the levels of Silicon are considerably lower than in healthy arteries. Organic Silicon is present in connective tissue such as the aorta.

An arterial wall that is rich in Silicon with elastic connective tissue is less susceptible to lipid permeation, meaning that there is a smaller chance of developing an atheroma or lipid plaque. Silicon keeps the blood vessels elastic.

Skin, hair and nails

Organic Silicon can be found in the hair, skin and nails. A Silicon deficiency causes weak and brittle nails.

Silicon improves skin elasticity and delays the appearance of wrinkles. Silicon regenerates damaged collagen fibres and intervenes in the creation of new ones.

Others

Silicon has anti-oxidant effects.

It helps to regulate the immune system as a high concentration of Silicon can be found in organs and glands such as the thymus and adrenal glands.

Silicon has anti-inflammatory properties.

It regenerates the skin when applied to sunburn or other burns.

It regulates excessive sweat production in the whole body.

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