Are your nails prone to breaking or is your hair thinning? It may be that the level of silica in your diet is the issue. If your diet is lacking in silica, these are some of the signs you may notice over time:
Loss of skin elasticity
Weak or brittle nails
Dull or fine hair
Impaired wound healing
Accelerated skin ageing
Bone or ligament injuries
Silica is a naturally occurring trace mineral and is vital for the strong structural elements of plants such as stalks, as the plant roots take the mineral up through the soil. So it comes as no surprise then that silica plays a role in the formation, structure and strength of the connective tissues in the human body – namely skin, hair, nails, bones, ligaments and teeth. By ensuring a good intake of silica you can look forward to great skin, thick, shiny hair and strong nails, along with the many other connective tissues it supports. Strength really is beautiful.
How does silica help skin, hair and nails?
It is believed that levels of silica are highest during infancy. As we age, levels of silica in the body tend to decline – cue the thinning of hair, loss of skin elasticity and bone or ligament strength. This is because silica-derived orthosilicic acid is a component of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and polysaccharides, which are important in the regeneration of collagen in the skin and the repair of connective tissues in hair and nail beds (1). Silica might just be the ultimate beauty mineral to support the structure and integrity of hair, skin and nails throughout the ageing process.
In one dermatological study, silica was administered to women with sun-damaged skin to assess its ability to improve their skin and nail health as chronic exposure to sunlight damages connective tissue. At the end of 20 weeks, of 10mg daily of bioavailable silica, the results showed a decrease in skin roughness and less brittle nails and hair compared to the placebo group (2).
How to increase your silica uptake
Eating a diet rich in silica and taking silica supplements is the best way to get mineral silica into your body. If a kick-start towards more youthful stronger hair, skin, nails and connective tissues seems right for you then include a silica supplement each day. Silica rich foods will assist so include some cucumbers, sprouts, leeks, green beans, strawberries for good measure.
Qsilica supplements contain a dietary colloidal preparation of natural mineral silica utilising microparticles to assist absorption. Available in capsules or liquid Qsilica ORIGINAL provides a daily dose of this ultimate beauty mineral. A dose of 10ml or 1 capsule once or twice a day is recommended to see results which may include faster growing hair or stronger nails. We believe in silica so much, it’s in every product formulation we do, to bring you beauty from the inside out.
Vegan & free from artificial colours or preservatives. Always read the label, use only as directed.