Q. Dear Terry, “My husband recently had some dental work that included getting an implant. He wants to try some natural options for a good recovery and pain relief. What would be good for him to take?” — Carmen J., Chattanooga, TN
A. Dear Carmen, Silica is an incredibly important trace mineral and most of us are not receiving adequate amounts on a regular basis. Silica helps provide the structure of our bodies, facilitates mineral absorption, and keeps the bone-building process running smoothly – bringing more calcium into the bones, while allowing less calcium to leach away from the bones. Studies have shown that silica can increase calcium absorption by 50% and bone density by 15%.
A study of patients receiving dental implants showed that silica helped heal the tissue of the jaw and gums, while keeping the jawbone matrix stable during the surgeries. There was also no reported pain, inflammation, or implant loss. The integration of the dental implants was considered “excellent”.
The form of silica I prefer is an organic ingredient obtained from the aboveground 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. Silica tends to be poorly absorbed, so look for a product that is clinically studied, extremely soluble, and virtually 100% bioavailable. I recommend taking 40 mg of silica daily.
For any residual pain he may be experiencing, I recommend a combination of highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, DLPA, and nattokinase.
Terry . . . Naturally
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