How often do we think about the health of our joints? At the same time, joint disease is the most common problem in the elderly. With age, all the mechanisms of the body begin to lose their power. Most patients with osteoarthritis are people over 40. 

Moreover, joint diseases are increasingly common in young people and athletes. Injuries and hard physical labor are the most common causes of the development of the disease. Bruises, fractures, and dislocations do not lead to the immediate appearance of osteoarthritis but weaken the joint, which causes the development of the disease in the future. For example, footballers develop arthrosis of the knee joint, boxers develop arthrosis of the wrist.

Also, different joint disorders often appear as an accompanying illness, as soon as any disease weakens the body. Osteoarthritis often affects overweight people, diabetes mellitus, varicose veins, metabolic syndrome, and chronic inflammatory processes.

Unfortunately, our body losing 1% of collagen yearly after the age of 21 will lead to the onset of wrinkles, sagging skin, stiff joints, muscle pain, leaky gut, and other health issues. To support joint health and to increase collagen levels, people most commonly take calcium supplements and chondroitin sulfate. But these supplements are often ineffective due to low bioavailability. Or even harmful, irritating the stomach. At the same time, just calcium alone can not build bones, and osteoporosis and weak bones are due to collagen deficiency, not calcium! So, increasing the collagen levels in one’s body is imperative to maintain strong, healthy bones, good skin, and overall wellness.

The most appropriate for maintaining healthy joints is the use of silica (silicon), an element that increases the body’s production of its own collagen. Silicon (Si) is the third most abundant trace element constituent in the body that is fundamentally important in human biology, particularly in connective tissue health (Fig.1). It is a structural element of the extracellular matrix [1], essential for glycosaminoglycan, collagen, and elastin synthesis. Also, it is involved in the pathogenesis of many inflammatory and metabolic diseases including obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and cancer.

Fig.1: Silicon as a structural element

 Silicon is a naturally occurring mineral. Many foods including water, beer, coffee, and some vegetables naturally contain silicon. But unfortunately, it’s not enough for our body, that’s why silicon supplements are also used as medicine. Most people don’t get enough silica in their diet – that’s because the mineral doesn’t accumulate in your body. Instead, it gets flushed out by your kidneys.

Silicon is the most common element in the aorta, cartilage, and tendons. There has been a study of silica levels in 1325 healthy people of different ages (18-91) and sexes [2]. Silica concentrations were determined in serum using atomic absorption spectrometry. Medians for serum silicon concentrations showed a statistically significant age and sex dependency (Fig.2). The most important findings in this study are the decrease of the silica concentrations with age, especially in menopausal women.

Cutting-edge science in in vitro evaluation on cultured human bone has shown that silica is as important, if not more so, than calcium and magnesium for healthy bone density [3]. For example, silica assistance in the absorption and transport of calcium.  In fact, bone formation is dependent on adequate silica. Silica absorption by bone osteoblasts and skin fibroblasts leads to increased collagen synthesis and extensive cross-linking with proteoglycans resulting in strong bone and skin elasticity [4]. So, silica is an essential component for bones to remain strong, dense, and flexible. By increasing collagen production in the body, it also helps restore and strengthen cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, muscles, teeth, blood vessels, intestines, etc, as well as promotes healthy skin, hair, and nails (Fig.3).

In another research, the authors made a conclusion that the effects of Si on biochemical and biomechanical properties of bone and gene expression are associated with bone remodeling – stimulating bone formation and inhibiting bone resorption [5]. 

The potential for silica in improving the health and welfare of human organisms has led to considerable interest in developing a stable, bioavailable form of silica that could be used as a dietary supplement. That’s why QuantumSIL® – the revolutionary collagen-boosting compound that improves collagen levels at the root and effectively improves bone density and joint health was created. QuantumSIL® is especially beneficial to those with a high risk of osteoporosis, menopausal women (prone to bone loss), and even young adults.

Fig. 2: The effect of Silica on bone and skin metabolism

QuantumSIL ® – it’s a highly bioavailable natural silicon with slow-release vitamin C that can give us a youthful skin appearance, shiny hair, healthy bones, and tendons and improves our health in different ways [6]. This natural booster which is x-times more efficient than any collagen/hyaluronic product consists of 800 mg of vitamin-C ester and 70 mg of micronized organic silica. QuantumSIL® is prepared with Rapid Collision Technology ® for 300% increased solubility that is proportional to its bioavailability as it converts to H4SiO4 (orthosilicic acid) in the presence of stomach acid. It is the best way to deliver silicon in blood. Vitamin C ester used in QuantumSIL® is a slow-release form of ascorbic acid, enabling its continuous supplementation to the human body. 

Taking QuantumSIL® as a daily dietary supplement will help you to:

QuantumSIL® is a proven daily source of silica with no side effects. It can be recommended for use by active people and high-performance sportsmen, expecting mothers, menopaused women, aged people with chronicles, and everyone who cares about health, beauty, and life quality.

Dr. Oksana Klymenko M.D., PhD, 
SNHS Dip. (Holistic Nutrition), Medical Doctor, Researcher in the fields 
of molecular physiology and pathophysiology, 
molecular biology, genetics, cell biology

References

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  2. Bissé E, Epting T, Beil A, Lindinger G, Lang H, Wieland H. Reference values for serum silicon in adults. Anal Biochem. 2005 Feb 1;337(1):130-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ab.2004.10.034. PMID: 15649385.
  3. Mladenović Ž, Johansson A, Willman B, Shahabi K, Björn E, Ransjö M. Soluble silica inhibits osteoclast formation and bone resorption in vitro. Acta Biomater. 2014 Jan;10(1):406-18. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2013.08.039. Epub 2013 Sep 6. PMID: 24016843.
  4. Sajad Zargar et al. Silicon: A Multitalented Micronutrient in OMICS Perspective – An Update.  Current Proteomics 9(4):245-254. 
  5. Maehira F, Miyagi I, Eguchi Y. Effects of calcium sources and soluble silicate on bone metabolism and the related gene expression in mice. Nutrition. 2009 May;25(5):581-9. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2008.10.023. Epub 2009 Jan 3. PMID: 19121918.
  6. Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food on choline-stabilised orthosilicic acid added for nutritional purposes to food supplements following a request from the European Commission. The EFSA Journal (2009) 948, 1-23.

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