The benefits of silicon in 5 minutes!
You can find in this video and in this article :
- The definition of silicon
- The definition of silica
- The difference between silicon and silica
- The role of silicon in our body
- The undesirable effects of silicon
- Silicon in food additives, drugs, cosmetics
- Recommendations on the consumption of silicon
- Food sources of silicon
Before starting this article, I would like to give you a little reminder about chemistry.
Silicon (Si) is an atom belonging to the group of minerals, while silica (SiO2) is a molecule composed of a silicon atom and two oxygen atoms. Silica is also called silicon dioxide.
Silicon is a mineral. It allows the formation of bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, skin, phanera (hair, nails) and tooth enamel (the outermost layer of teeth).
It is also involved in the proper functioning of the immune system, participating in the production of antibodies.
Silicon helps to fix calcium in the bones and to fight against bone demineralization.
Silica is naturally present in our body.
Silicon is used to limit pain related to osteoarthritis and joint deterioration, but also to maintain healthy hair and nails.
However, it should be noted that this trace element is very poorly absorbed by our body and its absorption decreases with increasing age (the older we get, the less silicon our body absorbs).
I would like to draw your attention to the fact that excessive consumption of silicon can promote the appearance of kidney stones.
Adults need about 5 mg of this mineral per day.
Silicon is mainly used in the production of medicines and cosmetics in the form of silica as an excipient (substances added in addition to the active ingredient to form the medicine).
It plays the role of dispersant (dispersion of particles in suspension in sprays for example), diluent, or thickener.
It is also used in the food industry as an additive (code E551). It is mainly found in cheeses, industrial foods, cereals, food supplements, confectionery, chewing gums. It prevents the agglomeration of ingredients, it is also an anti-foaming agent.
I want to reassure you, its use in these different industries is very regulated even if it is not considered dangerous for our body.
The food sources of silicon are water, cereals, wheat bran, oats, wholemeal bread, green beans, lentils, mushrooms, nuts, almonds, apples, bananas, seeds and brewer's yeast.
Some plants also have a high silicon content, such as horsetail and nettle.
A balanced and varied diet meets our needs in this mineral.
I would like to point out that there is currently no data proving the effectiveness of the consumption of this mineral for the good health of hair, nails and the relief of pain related to osteoarthritis.
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