Silicon supplements are sometimes used as medicine. It's not clear if silicon has a function in the human body. But there's some evidence it might have a role in forming bone and collagen.
People use silicon for weak bones (osteoporosis), aging skin, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
Do not confuse silicon with silicone. Silicone is a group of materials resembling plastic that are used to make medical devices.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Weak and brittle bones (osteoporosis). Males and younger (pre-menopausal) females who get more silicon from their diet seem to have stronger bones. But it's not clear if taking silicon supplements reduces the risk for osteoporosis.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Surgical removal of the stomach (gastrectomy): Silicon levels in the blood might be lower in people who have had their stomachs surgically removed.
We currently have no information for SILICON overview.
In supplements, there isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of silicon might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.
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