Brittle Bones? Alzheimer’s? What you need to know!

Diatomaceous earth is a natural powder, made up of fossilized remains of aquatic organisms known as diatoms. (1)  It is a gentle abrasive and it is entirely composed of silica, an important mineral for hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments, cartilage and muscles.  Silica is the most abundant element present in the Earth’s crust besides oxygen.  It is a white powder, when taken internally, it eliminates free radicals, viruses, parasites and other harmful organisms by binding to them and drying them out.  This is what makes it a great insecticide, it absorbs the waxy outer coating of bugs and dries them out, this includes cockroaches, ants and bed bugs.
            DE as it is known is an excellent detoxifier, killing parasites and viruses.  Taken internally it cleanses the digestive tract, curbs gas, reduces odors, stimulates liver function and removes toxins in the blood.  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that DE removes heavy metals from the body, particularly aluminum, as studies have shown that it has a high aluminum affinity and removes it from the gastrointestinal tract. (2,3)  Moreover, they documented that regular drinking of a silicon-rich mineral water during a period of 3 months significantly reduced the body burden of aluminum. Similar results were obtained by Davenward et al. [9] who showed that silicon-rich mineral waters can be used as a non-invasive method to reduce the body burden of aluminum in both Alzheimer's patients and control group by facilitating the removal of aluminum via the urine without any concomitant effect.

            In a study by Nutritional Health and Aging, they found evidence that over the last 30 years that dietary silicon is beneficial to bone and connective tissue health.  They reported a strong positive association between dietary silicon intake and bone mineral density in the US and UK.  Animal studies in the 1970’s reported that silicon deficiency produces defects in connective and skeletal tissues. (4)  The silica seems to boost collagen production as well, which is another crucial protien for connective tissue. Silicon has already been associated with bone mineralization, (think healing cavities) collagen synthesis, skin, hair and nails health, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer disease, and immune system enhancement. (5)  Dietary silicon is associated with postmenopausal bone turnover and bone mineral density at the women's age when the risk of osteoporosis increases. (6)
            The appearance of hair and nails can also be affected by lower silicon levels, as silicon stimulated collagen production and connective tissue function and repair.  Oral supplementation with silica improved the brittleness of hair and nails and had a positive impact on the hair’s tensile strength in a placebo controlled double blind study by Wickett et al. (7)  In another study, after twenty weeks of oral ingestion researchers found significant improvement in the skin surface and appearance. (8)
            Benefits include:
ü  Improved liver and colon function
ü  Stronger bones and fracture protection
ü  Improved energy
ü  Improved digestion and regularity
ü  Detox and removal of heavy metals
ü  Healthier hair, skin, nails

ü  Eradication of insects from the home
ü  Flea control for your pets

 This article is for informational purposes only, but you should decide for yourself, if you need to incorporate this into your life.  It is so incredibly inexpensive, anyone can afford this, I buy a ten pound bag! 

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4. Exley C. Silicon in life: a bioinorganic solution to bioorganic essentiality.  Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. 1998;69:139–144.
6. Dietary silicon interacts with oestrogen to influence bone health: evidence from the Aberdeen Prospective Osteoporosis Screening Study.
Macdonald HM, Hardcastle AC, Jugdaohsingh R, Fraser WD, Reid DM, Powell JJ
Bone. 2012 Mar; 50(3):681-7.
7. Wickett RR, Kossmann E, Barel A, Demeester N, Clarys P, Vanden Berghe D. et al.Effect of oral intake of choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid on hair tensile strength and morphology in woman with fine hair. Arch Dermatol Res. 2007;299(10):499–505. doi: 10.1007/s00403-007-0796-z.

8. Barel A, Calomme M, Timchenko A, De Paepe K, Demeester N, Rogiers V, Clarys P, Vanden Berghe D. Effects of oral intake of choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid on skin, nails, and hair in women with photodamaged skin. Arch Dermatol Res. 2005;297:147–153. doi: 10.1007/s00403-005-0584-6.


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