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Silicon – The Beauty Mineral – Non Metallic Element

Silicon is an essential trace mineral. Minute amounts of silicon are present in the tissues and the actual amount required by the body is not determined yet. Silicon is a widely distributed non-metallic element. It comes second only to oxygen in abundance in the biosphere. Pure silicon is found in form of white crystals in matured bamboo stems. This mineral and its salts are poorly soluble in water.

SILICON FUNCTIONS IN BODY

– Silicon is essential for the proper functioning of nerve cells and tissues.
– Silicon is essential for the synthesis of vitamin B1 or thiamine in the human body.
– Silicon controls the transmission of nerve impulses.
– Silicon contributes to the strength and integrity of bones everywhere in the body.
– Silicon is also essential for the growth of hair, nails, and teeth, and is therefore, often called the beauty mineral.
– Silicon makes eyes bright and protects the skin from becoming flabby.
– Silicon is beneficial in all healing processes and protects the body against many diseases, such as tuberculosis, irritations in the mucous membranes, and skin disorders.

SILICON DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS IN BODY

– Silicon deficiency in human beings can lead to soft brittle nails.
– Silicon deficiency in human beings can lead to ageing symptoms of the skin such as wrinkles, thinning or loss of hair.
– Silicon deficiency in human beings can lead to poor bone development, osteoporosis.
– Main symptom of silicon deficiency is sensitiveness to cold; one always feels cold even in the hot months.
– Silicon deficiency in animals can lead to retarded growth and abnormal bone development.

FOOD SOURCES OF SILICON

The main food sources of silicon are:
– Fruits like apples, oranges, cherries.
– Raisins, Almonds, Peanuts, Endives, Honey.
– Raw cabbage, Onions, Carrots, Eggplants, Pumpkin, Red beets, Celery, Cucumber, Fish and Corn.
– An increased need for silicon is best met by increasing the consumption of whole grains, because they are rich sources of absorb ale silicon.

Toxicity of silicon can lead to :
– Chronic fibrosis of lungs.
– Reckless use of silicon cause irreparable damage.
– Advice of physician is recommended.

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