There’s no greater search than that of the fountain of youth.
Soft, glowing skin, full, shiny hair, strong nails – all hallmarks of optimal health and youthfulness. Who doesn’t want to turn back the clock and look their best?
And that’s just what’s visible on the outside. The structural components inside your body, like your blood vessels and physical support for your organs and systems, matter even more for your enjoyment of a healthy, active life.
While there may not be an actual “fountain of youth,” scientists are learning more and more each day about how the body ages. Best of all, they’re uncovering important clues that you can use to help slow the visible signs of cellular aging to maintain your well-being and your active lifestyle.
One of their biggest discoveries in recent years is the power behind an essential trace element called silica or silicon dioxide.
Silica appears to be the missing link in helping you look and feel your best – simply by unlocking your body’s ability to produce collagen, the protein that keeps your skin, hair and nails looking vibrant and youthful, and supporting your body’s structural components for comfort and health.*
How Silica Helps Make Your Body Stronger and Healthier*
Responsible for many important biological roles in your body, silica:
- Helps rejuvenate your skin by nourishing and renewing collagen and elastin fibers as well as reshaping your skin’s firmness, thereby helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines.*
- Helps your hair feel thicker, fuller and more lustrous through its effects on your hair follicles and hair strength.*
- Helps nails look and feel stronger by helping to feed the nail bed with vital nutrients and supporting optimal calcium absorption throughout your body.*
- Helps build and maintain strong, dense bones, especially as you age, as it helps regenerate new bone and maintain bone thickness and elasticity.*
- Promotes healthy joints, cartilage, ligaments and tendons, all of which are primarily composed of collagen.*
- Supports heart health, the integrity of your blood vessel walls and healthy blood pressure already in the normal range.*
- Promotes a healthy liver and optimal digestion by helping to remove unwanted substances from your tissues.*
So what is silica, or silicon dioxide, as it’s sometimes called? It is one of the 97 natural building blocks from which minerals are formed, silicon appears on the Periodic table as the symbol Si and atomic number 14.
Silicon is the second most abundant element on Earth, exceeded only by oxygen. It’s found in dusts, sands, rocks and planets as various forms of either silicon dioxide or silicates. Over 90% of the earth’s crust is made up of silicate minerals.
In your body, silicon is the third most abundant trace element. As we just learned, it’s important for the synthesis of collagen and for activating enzymes that influence the strength and elasticity of your skin as well as the fullness and sheen of your hair.*
While some forms of silica, like crystalline silica, may be highly toxic if ingested or inhaled, the dietary silica used in supplements is considered safe when used appropriately.
Why You May Need a Silica Supplement
Of the 18 foods highest in silica, 11 are cereal products. Grains such as wheat, barley, oats and brown rice all contain silica, a natural building block of collagen.
Gluten-free and low-carb diets are typically healthy choices if you wisely limit these foods, you may not be consuming adequate food sources of silica. It’s estimated that a gluten-free diet supplies 30% less silica than the average American diet.
But diet isn’t the only factor you need to consider when deciding whether you need more silica.
Studies question the reliability of food sources. Although significant quantities of silica exist in certain foods, sometimes, it is present in an insoluble form, or one that you cannot easily absorb in your gastrointestinal tract.
Then there’s the issue of age…
Dietary silica must first be converted into a form called orthosilicic acid, or OSA, before it can be absorbed, which requires sufficient stomach acid.
As you age, your gastric pH increases as production of stomach acid declines. Less stomach acid impacts your ability to convert the silica into the right form for your body to absorb and utilize.
Not only that, your collagen levels also naturally decline with age. That’s why you begin to notice more pronounced lines and sags in your skin, thinning hair and increasingly brittle nails.
But it isn’t only your hair, skin and nails at risk. Collagen can actually determine how you feel and how well your body functions as the years goes by.
Collagen provides the structure for your bones, muscles, tendons, joint cartilage, blood vessels and organs, including your entire digestive system. In simple terms, it’s the cellular glue that holds together all the connective tissues in your body.
When you’re young, your body makes enough collagen to keep tissues pliable and your hair and skin looking vibrant. However, that changes once you pass your mid-20s:
- By age 40, your body’s ability to produce its own collagen drops about 25%.
- By age 60, collagen production falls to about half of its youthful levels.
- By age 80, you have about four times less collagen
After the third or fourth decade of life, your body’s production of collagen loses the race as your skin can no longer repair or replace what’s lost with aging.
The most profound change occurs after menopause. Women typically lose about 30% of the collagen in their skin during the first five years and skin elasticity also declines 0.55% each year. Bone mineral density tends to follow a similar pattern in women after menopause.
Little-Known Factors That Can Speed up Collagen Loss
Advancing age certainly plays a role in declining collagen levels, but it’s not the only factor. The following nutritional, lifestyle and environmental factors can also impact your body’s collagen production and speed up its loss throughout your body:
- Deficiency of nutrients (amino acids, vitamins and minerals) needed for collagen synthesis
- Poor gut health and irregularity may impact absorption of nutrients and elimination of wastes
- Hormone imbalances of the essential hormones DHEA, estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and pregnenolone
- Sugar and excess carbs can lead to systemic inflammation contributing to skin damage
- Fluoride in water can damage collagen and affect the bone mineral-collagen bond
- Stress and trauma produce excess cortisol which increases collagen breakdown and decreases bone building and bone density
- Excess free radicals from smoking, air pollution, Wi-Fi and cellular radiation degrade collagen fibrils and reduces cellular collagen synthesis
- Alcohol damages your liver, dehydrates your skin and produces skin-damaging chemical substances called congeners
- Caffeine significantly reduces cellular synthesis of collagen
- Inactivity decreases collagen turnover, whereas exercise indirectly builds skin thickness by increasing blood flow, oxygen and nutrients to your skin
- Inadequate sleep is associated with higher stress hormones which can hasten the breakdown of collagen
- Excessive sun exposure can lead to photo-damaged skin that can become resistant to collagen synthesis
Many of these factors involve free radicals. When excess free radicals are produced in your skin, say from smoking or too much sun exposure, they attack your body’s collagen.
Collagen decline or deterioration can show up in your skin as fine lines, dryness, and sagginess, and the rest of your body in the form of limited mobility and load bearing ability, cartilage wasting and issues with your tendons and bones.
A silica supplement can help your body produce and replenish the collagen it needs for your hair, skin, nails, bones, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and much more.*
How to Choose the Right Silica Supplement for You
By nature, silica is poorly utilized by the human body. It can be very unstable and quickly become inert, leading to low absorption in your body.
So when choosing a silica dietary supplement, safety and bioavailability – or your body’s ability to absorb and utilize the silica – matters most. Surprisingly, there’s a tremendous difference between silica supplements in their absorption rates, ranging from below 1% up to an extraordinary 64%.
Horsetail and bamboo are popular choices for silica supplements. The use of horsetail as a medicinal plant dates back to the Roman and Greek civilizations, and it does contain high amounts of silica. In fact, of all plants, horsetail has the highest amount.
However, usability is a whole other issue with both of these plants. Horsetail and bamboo have absorption rates of only 3%, so they offer limited benefits. Horsetail also contains an enzyme called thiaminase, which destroys thiamin (vitamin B1) and can aggravate symptoms in people who are already thiamin deficient.
There are others reasons why I don’t recommend long-term use of horsetail as a source of silica. Horsetail may:
- Cause stomach upset.
- Act as a diuretic so its use can result in loss of important electrolytes, such as potassium, which can lead to heart issues.
- Cause allergic reactions in susceptible individuals, such as rash and face swelling.
- Lead to hypoglycemia in diabetics.
Four other popular silica supplements – Colloidal Silica, Ionic Silica, Choline OSA and Silica OSA – have absorption rates of only 7%, 7%, 17% and 30%, respectively
Safety concerns have recently been raised over the size of some silica particles. Nano-sized silica may be hazardous to human health because of its potential for penetrating intracellular tissues within the lungs and circulatory system.
So if these top products provide such dismally low absorption rates – and even present a potential safety hazard, what form of silica should you choose? Is there really a silica supplement that has an absorption rate of 64%?
Developed by a World-Renowned Scientist, This Form of Silica Provides the Highest Bioavailability
Loic Le Ribault, a preeminent Doctor in Sciences and involved in research for more than 50 years, was instrumental in discovering and perfecting what I believe to be the best form of silica for a nutritional supplement. He developed the original, unique formulation of Living Silica™ for optimal health and well-being.
The main ingredient in Living Silica™, monomethylsilanetriol (MMST), has long been used as a silica source around the world, especially in Europe. With an absorption rate of 64% – or two to four times more than the leading supplemental sources of silica – it provides easily absorbable silica that your body can put to use where needed most.
Our Silica Collagen Builder formula, made from MMST, is a plant-based silicon supplement designed to promote collagen production and enhance nutrient absorption.*
Its proprietary processing raises the solubility limit of silica and maintains it in a small, monomeric and well-absorbed form – but not nano-sized.
This patented formulation of microencapsulated organic silica from MMST is produced with acacia gum, a natural fiber from the African Acacia plant.
Acacia gum offers many biological advantages, as it:
- Has a low glycemic index and is low calorie.
- Provides natural fiber with prebiotic activity in your intestine.
- Is quickly absorbed into your bloodstream and is rapidly excreted in your urine.
- Activates your cellular metabolism.
- Does not undergo any chemical modifications during processing.
- Is not genetically modified (GMO).
After intestinal absorption, MMST is metabolized into biologically active orthosilicic acid, the form of silica that your body can readily utilize.
The Magic of Living Silica™ for Your Skin, Hair and Nails
The MMST in Living Silica™ works to support a balanced metabolism by providing the raw materials needed for your body to make more collagen.
So how does it help your skin, hair and nails?
Fibroblasts are a type of connective tissue cell that are found in your skin, tendons and other tough tissues in your body. These cells secrete collagen proteins that form a structural framework for your tissues.
The Living Silica™ in Silica Collagen Builder activates these collagen-producing fibroblasts, which promotes collagen production. Plus, it activates the enzymes, which are important in the formation of the collagen network to help improve skin strength and elasticity.*
Because silica is one of the predominant minerals in the composition of your nails, brittle and soft nails may actually mean you are deficient in silica. Silica Collagen Builder benefits your nails by delivering orthosilicic acid, one of the compounds in silica.
Silica can enhance the appearance of your hair, too. Many shampoos on the market today are silicone-based, but a shampoo can only coat the hair and make it appear shiny.
Imagine the effects on your hair with a high-quality dietary silica supplement, which can work from within.
A recent research review shows silica delivers essential nutrients to your scalp and hair follicles. In one study of 48 women, after taking 10 mg of silica for nine months, the participants reported the appearance of stronger, more radiant hair.*
Beyond Your Skin, Hair and Nails… How Silica Collagen Builder Can Benefit Your Entire Body
Supplemental silica with a bioavailability of 64% like our Silica Collagen Builder has been clinically proven to boost collagen production and help regenerate and restore collagen levels which naturally decline with age.*
Silica Collagen Builder helps your body produce collagen without having to actually consume it.
Instead of being excreted, the silica in our formula is fully utilized by your body and reaches the cells, activating them to produce collagen.*
Optimal collagen levels support many aspects of your health, including:
- Strong, healthy connective tissues throughout your body.*
- Healthy, strong bones, ligaments and tendons.*
- Flexible joint cartilage or joint cushioning.*
- Digestive function.*
- Heart health, including healthy blood vessel walls.*
- Healthy blood pressure levels already in the normal range.*
- Liver health.*
Help Your Body Regenerate and Restore Tissues – Order Silica Collagen Builder Today
Normal aging isn’t the only factor depleting your collagen levels and wearing your body’s tissues down. Daily wear and tear from exercise, stress, diet, poor gut health and lifestyle all play roles, too, on how quickly your body ages.
When given the right components, your body can do its job as nature intended – rebuild and restore its collagen levels.
Silica is the ingredient your body needs to help you look and feel your best – simply by unlocking your body’s ability to produce collagen, the protein that keeps your skin, hair and nails looking vibrant and youthful, and providing the vital support for your body’s structural components.*
Help regain your youthful appearance, feel stronger and give your bones, joints, skin, hair and nails the protection they may need with Silica Collagen Builder.*
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