What is Silica?
Before diving into the benefits of silica, let’s talk about what it is.
Silica is an important trace mineral, one that’s essential in the formation of collagen, the most abundant protein found in your body. Silica is the third most abundant trace element in our bodies (following iron and zinc); it’s responsible for creating bonds between protein molecules that allow our skin to retain water and repair/regenerate cells.
Benefits of Silica
By increasing your silica intake, your body is able to produce more collagen. Collagen works to:
- Strengthen hair, nails, and bones
- Promote healthier, plumper, and youthful-looking skin
- Provide more elasticity and support to connective tissue like cartilage and tendons
- Prevents fractures and reduces the risk of osteoporosis
How Much Silica Do I Need Each Day?
The amount of silica you need changes with each life stage. When you’re young, the silica levels in your body are high, contributing to the strength and flexibility of your bones and joints. Silica levels drop, however, as you age. This can affect the body’s ability to maintain adequate levels of collagen and can lead to joint weakness, increased risk for bone fractures, dry skin, hair loss, and a number of other age-related problems.
The recommended daily amount of silica for adults ranging in age from 19-50 years old is 9-14 mg/day.
How Do I Get Enough Silica?
Eating a healthy diet rich in these foods (including some plants and high-fiber foods like whole grains, rice, fruits, and vegetables) is a great way to increase your silica intake. These days, however, more and more people are finding themselves relying on prepared and processed foods which are lacking in nutrients such as silica. Also, modern refining methods remove some of the silica from the foods that we eat, which affects your daily silica intake.
One of the best ways to ensure you are getting a sufficient amount of this collagen-promoting mineral is by taking a daily supplement. Silica Plus, a high-quality nutritional supplement developed by Vibrant Nutraceuticals, is here to help you increase and monitor your daily silica intake to ensure you are getting the quantity you need.
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