Silicon

Minerals

18/Description

About

Silicon is a mineral. Silicon supplements are used as medicine.

Silicon is used 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 improving 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 it works

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

Effectiveness

Possibly Effective
Increasing bone strength when obtained from foods

Men and younger (pre-menopausal) women who get more silicon from their diet seem to have higher bone mineral density, which could reduce the risk of weak bones (osteoporosis). But higher silicon intake does not seem to benefit older (post-menopausal) women. 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.

Concerns

Likely safe

Silicon is LIKELY SAFE in food amounts. Its safety as a medicine is unknown.Kidney stones can occur, though rarely, in people taking silicon-containing antacids for long periods of time.

18/Warnings

Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Silicon isLIKELY SAFEwhen used in food amounts. Its safety in larger medicinal amounts is unknown. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Silicon.

Interactions

No information available.

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