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I have been researching supplemental silica and found that diatomaceous earth is a good source.

Q. Hello Terry, “I have been researching supplemental silica and found that diatomaceous earth is a good source. What are your thoughts on diatomaceous earth or do you have other ideas for increasing silica in the body?” — Julie P., Mesa, AZ

A. Dear Julie, Silica is an incredibly important trace mineral and most of us are not receiving adequate amounts so supplementation may be necessary. Silica helps provide the structure of our bodies and helps other minerals absorb properly, keeping the bone-building process running smoothly – bringing more calcium into the bones, while allowing less calcium to leach away from the bones.

Personally, I would not use diatomaceous earth (DE) as my source for silica because of potential contamination with heavy metals. If you want to use DE, I would contact the manufacturer and ask for verification that the product meets Prop 65 standards.

The form of silica I prefer is an organic ingredient obtained from the above-ground parts of the spring horsetail (Equisetum arvense) plant. In a special process, the silica in the plant is extracted still attached to the plant bioflavonoids that support its activity in the body. This unique botanical silica is then blended with a specific marine oil to enhance absorption, beneficial effects, and cell membrane penetration of the active compounds.

Aside from bone health, organic silica also has positive effects on the formation of collagen, which is a major component of living bone tissue. Collagen is the main protein in the body; making it clearly important for bones, but it also helps connect the body. And because this specialized silica helps build collagen, it can do a lot more than strengthen bones and joints. It also reinforces the structure of the hair and skin.

I would take 1600 mg twice daily for the first month, then 800 mg twice daily.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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