Silicon is a naturally occurring mineral. It's the second-most abundant element on earth after oxygen. Food sources include water, fruits, and vegetables.

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.

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