I recently talked about silica and hair in a previous post.
When you are young, your body has abundant levels of silica. This is one reason why children have beautiful silky hair, soft skin and perfect nails. We are born with large amounts of silica and as we age, our silica levels drop.
– Silica is a major component of collagen, the connective tissue that makes up most of our skin. It is therefore easy to understand the importance of silica to healthy skin. Having sufficient collagen levels will make our skin look soft and young which in turn helps with suppleness and an increased capability of being moisturised.
– Whenever collagen is damaged in skin, silica is required to take care of this by rebuilding and regenerating this connective tissue. Cellular damage is occurring all the time due to free radical destruction.
By enhancing collagen production, it may also be of great value when the skin begins to sag from ageing.
– Incidentally, silica is also an excellent supplement in combating mild to moderate acne.
– Silica helps strengthen the nails and also plays a major role in nutrient circulation to the nail bed.
You can find silica in:
1. Foods like onions, leafy greens, unrefined cereals, apples, cherries, almonds, oranges, fish, oats, seeds and whole grains.
2. Supplements like bamboo leaf extract and bamboo leaf tea.
Some sections in this article are culled from Victoria Health website.