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Silica: Mineral Nutrition for Healing Fractures

By Christopher Hobbs, Elson Haas

According to some sources, silicon (commonly referred to as silica) is an essential macromineral nutrient — meaning you need to include sources in your diet. Others claim that although it is important for tissue strength, this nutrient, usually referred to as silica, is helpful but not essential to humans.

Silica is the most commonly found element in the earth’s soil and in foods. It gives strength and firmness to the body tissues — the bones, cartilage, connective tissues, arteries, and skin. This mineral is well worth a try if you’re trying to help heal fractures.

Here are the key functions of silica:

  • It supports and strengthens your skin, hair, and nails, as well as the joints and connective tissues.

  • It helps your arteries maintain flexibility and may, therefore, be helpful in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Silica occurs in plant fibers, so some is available from whole grains, particularly the hulls of wheat, oats, and rice. You can also find silica in vegetables (such as beets, lettuce, cucumbers, and onions) and in herbs (such as horsetail and oatstraw).