How does Silicon work?
A clear biological function for silicon in humans has not been established. There is some evidence, though, that silicon might have a role in bone and collagen formation.
Are there safety concerns?
Silicon seems to be safe in food amounts. Its safety as a medicine is unknown. Kidney stones can occur rarely in people taking silicon-containing antacids for long periods of time.
Do not take silicon in medicinal amounts if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Dosing considerations for Silicon.
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
- For osteoporosis: dietary intakes of 40 mg of silicon seem to be linked with stronger bones than lower doses.
There is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for silicon, since an essential biological role for it has not been identified.
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