Silicon is an element of the periodic table that sits below carbon and has atomic number 14. Silicon is always found with oxygen. Together they are the most common elements in our environment forming over 50% of the elements of the earth’s crust.
Connective tissue is a vital component for the health of every organ throughout the body. Connective tissue makes up a variety of physical structures including joints, cartilage, bones, skin (nails and hair) and blood vessels including the heart. Therefore, organs require silicon to restore or conserve their health and equilibrium but with the ageing process the concentration of silicon present in the organs diminishes in a seemingly irreversible manner.
Silicon deficiency negatively affects organs and tissues containing collagen. The silicon atom appears to sit inside the collagen, acting as ‘glue’ for individual collagen fibres. Overall the collagen structure, like the famous DNA molecule, is coiled into a ‘spring’, giving cells and organs their elasticity and easy gliding movements. Silicon may therefore be vital to the springy structure of collagen and its smooth, elastic motion. Collagen gives strength and flexibility to connective tissue which, in turn, gives health and wellbeing to all organs of the body from the brain through to skin and bones.