What Is Silica
Silicon dioxide contains a chemical compound that is more commonly recognized as silica, which is the oxide of silicon (SiO2). It is one of the hardest solids on earth that is commonly found in sand and quartz.
For many years, silica has been used to make glass and other products such as bricks and concrete. However, modern technology has made it possible for scientists to study the effects of silica on the human body in order to determine if it has any health benefits.
Rigorous testing has proven that silica is an essential mineral for the body to build strong bones, hair, nails, and teeth. It is the one mineral that the body needs in order to carry calcium into the parts of the body where it is needed the most.
Without silica, the body will store the calcium in joints, organs, and other soft tissues causing bone spurs, arthritis, osteoporosis, weak hair, brittle nails, and other ailments related to calcium deficiencies. It has also been discovered that silica works as a detoxifying agent to eradicate free radicals and other toxins from the body by attracting them and trapping them in its honeycomb-like structure.
How Silica Works
Silica is an amazing element that retains its traits as a stable particle even while continuously suspended in a liquid medium. Particles in liquid suspension are commonly referred to as a sol. A good example of a sol is human blood, which has suspended blood cells in a liquid medium known as blood plasma.
Silica Health Benefits
When silica is used for human health, it is broken down into a colloidal form. A colloid is a collection of microscopic particles that are in the form of a liquid, solid, or gas.
When silica is ingested, the body uses the colloidal silica as a detoxifier for the blood. Each colloidal particle of silica carries an electrical charge on its surface that is responsible for attracting free radicals and other harmful toxins.
Toxins that have opposite electrical charges will be attracted to the silica particles in order to neutralize their charge. This collection of particles is known as a “colloidal micelle”, a term that was coined by J. Duclaux in 1908. Once the harmful toxins have been attracted to the silica, the neutralized particles can then be carried out of the body through sweat, urine, and feces.