SILICON

OTHER NAME(S):

Acide Orthosilicique, Atomic number 14, Dioxyde de Silicium, Numéro Atomique 14, Orthosilicic Acid, Phytolithic Silica, Polysilicone-11, Si, Silica, Silica Hydride, Silice Hydride, Silicea, Silicio, Silicium, Silicium de Sodium, Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Silicate.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Silicon is a naturally occurring mineral. Many foods including water, beer, coffee, and some vegetables naturally contain silicon. Silicon supplements are also used as medicine.

Some people take silicon by mouth for weak bones (osteoporosis), heart disease and stroke (cardiovascular disease), Alzheimer's disease, hair loss, and improving hair and nail quality. It is also used for skin healing and for treating sprains and strains, as well as digestive system disorders.

Do not confuse silicon with silicone. Silicone is the name of a group of materials resembling plastic that contain silicon, oxygen, and other chemicals. Silicone is used to make breast implants, medical tubing, and a variety of other medical devices.

How does it work?

A clear function of silicon in humans has not been established. There is some evidence, though, that silicon might have a role in bone and collagen formation.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Possibly Effective for

  • Increasing bone strength when obtained from foods. Men and younger (pre-menopausal) women who get more silicon from their diet seem to have stronger bones, which could reduce the risk of weak bones (osteoporosis). But higher silicon intake does not seem to benefit older (post-menopausal) women unless. These women tend to develop weak bones because their bodies continually break down bone. Silicon doesn't seem to stop the bone breakdown. It promotes only bone formation.

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Alzheimer's disease.
  • Digestion problems.
  • Hair loss.
    • Heart disease.
    • Sprains and strain.
    • Other conditions.
    More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of silicon for these uses.

    Side Effects

    Side Effects & Safety

    Silicon is LIKELY SAFE in food amounts. Its safety as a medicine is unknown.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Silicon is LIKELY SAFE when used in food amounts. Its safety in larger medicinal amounts is unknown. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

    Surgical removal of the stomach (gastrectomy): Silicon values may be lower in patients who have had their stomachs surgically removed.

    Interactions

    Interactions?

    We currently have no information for SILICON Interactions.

    Dosing

    Dosing

    The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

    ADULTS

    BY MOUTH:

    • For osteoporosis: Eating a diet that includes 40 mg of silicon seems to be linked with stronger bones than lower doses.
    Currently, there is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for silicon.

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