In 1972, Silica was recognized as an essential trace mineral for the human body. It is still the missing ingredient in many anti-aging programs.
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a great source of silica. For optimal results, Diatomaceous Earth should be between 85 and 92 percent silica. Beware of DEs that contain as much as 37% clay, reducing the amount of silica available.
Silica is found in connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and blood vessels. In addition it is present in the heart, liver, and lungs.
Silica chelates and detoxifies heavy metals from the body. This essential mineral also supports the structure, integrity and permeability of blood vessels and arteries. Elasticity of the arterial walls is essential in absorbing the variations in blood pressure.
Some of the silica-deficit symptoms include; hypertension, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, dermatitis, joint and bone pain, wrinkles, weak and thin connective tissue, as well as thinning hair, nails, and bones.
Silica strengthens the ability of the connective tissue to form a defensive barrier for warding off cancer-causing free-radical cells. Silica also helps to prevent cell degeneration, while simultaneously providing cell regeneration.
We are born with an abundance of silica and low amounts of calcium. As we age the amount of calcium increases as the amount of silica decreases. To compound this situation, many mature individuals increase their calcium intake. Increasing calcium while the supply of silica decreases causes soft tissues to become stiff and loose elasticity.