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Silica Requirements and Food Sources

Silica is an essential trace mineral also known as beauty mineral, it helps growth of hair, nails, and teeth, makes eyes seem bright, and skin less flabby.

Silica is an essential trace mineral, a compound of Silicon and Oxygen (SiO2)

 

Silica is essential for muscles, bone formation, connective tissue, tooth enamel, pancreas and Thymus. It helps prevent Alzheimer's and osteoporosis

 

Recommended Daily Allowance

Only very tiny amounts of Silica are present in the tissue. Actual amount required by body has not been determined. Average 1 to 2 mg per day would seem sufficient.

 

Deficiency

Silica deficiency may lead to soft brittle nails, aging-skin and wrinkles,  thinning or loss of hair, poor bone development, osteoporosis. Increased sensitivity to cold, you feel cold even during hot summer weather

 

Food Sources of Silicon

The Silica is primarily high in the foods that grow underground (Potatoes, Peanuts, Beets). The highest amount of Silica is in the skin (peel). Silica is also present in the fiber like substances in the foods, examples: the fibers emanating from the pit of the mangoes, the fibers in the celery). Silica is found in the bran of whole grains.

 

Apples

Beer

Beets

Bell peppers

Cherries

Celery

Corn

Cucumbers

Dandelion

Dried beans cooked (Chickpeas, Red Kidney beans, Urad, Moong,,)

Eggplant

Figs

Fish

Grapes

Honey

Kelp

Leafy vegetables (Spinach, Mustard greens, Lettuce, Endives)

Nettle

Nuts and seeds (Almonds, Peanuts, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds)

Oranges

Pumpkin

Raisins

Raw Cabbage

Root vegetables (Beets, Carrots, Garlic, Ginger, Onions, Potatoes, Sweet potatoes, Fresh Turmeric)

Seafood

Soybeans, Tofu

Strawberries

Tomatoes

Whole-grains (Brown Rice, Roti made of whole-grain wheat flour)

 

Alfalfa and Horsetail are commonly used in making Silica supplement

 

Indian Foods

Aloo Paalak (Potato and Spinach), Don't peel potatoes.

Gajar Paalak (Carrots and Spinach)

Meetha Kaddu (Indian Pumpkin). Don't peel Pumpkin

Baingan Bharta (Mashed Eggplant). Don't discard eggplant skin

Cholay (Chickpeas), Rajma (Red kidney beans), Mah Daal (Whole Black matpe/beans)

Brown Basmati Rice

Roti (whole-grain wheat Atta)

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