The increasing environmental pollution and use of different kinds of preservatives, colorants, and other food additives have exposed individuals of all ages to a plethora of chemicals and elements, many of which leave harmful effects of the physical and mental health of the exposed individual. As a result, a need for a detoxifying agent exists.
Detoxifying agents usually work by adhering to the molecules of the heavy metals and other toxic elements present in the human body and excrete them out, without disrupting the normal physiology. However, many of these detoxifying agents have their own side effects, which may limit their use to more serious cases in which an urgent need for detoxification exists. The examples for such situations may include overdose of a prescription or non-prescription drug, incidental or intentional exposure to harmful chemicals, exposure to pesticides, etc.
Silica or diatomaceous earth is a non-toxic substance that’s known to influence the human health positively in several ways. The substance is known to delay age-related memory loss and bone degeneration, as well as improve the skin elasticity. The detoxifying role of silica is a comparatively under-researched area, and there’s a need for more systematic, well-designed research studies and trials that can provide us an insight into the potential role of silica as a detoxifying agent.
In this article, we are summarizing the evidence available so far regarding the role of silica in removing heavy metals from the body and preventing their possible adverse effects.
Detox, Cleanse, Rejuvenate — Scientific Evidence on Detoxifying Benefits of Silica
Aluminum is one of the most abundant elements in the earth’s crust. While food contains minimal amount of this element, consumption of water containing high concentrations of aluminum can expose an individual to the risk of aluminum toxicity. Aluminum toxicity can be a potentially life-threatening condition with chronic symptoms of impaired kidney function, bone pain, muscle weakness, changes in mental status, premature osteoporosis, and multiple non-healing fractures.
The medical world hails silica as an antidote in case of aluminum toxicity. Several research studies conclude that its use can help eliminate the heavy metal from the body and minimize the adverse effects caused by high concentrations of aluminum.
A research study conducted by the American Society of Clinical Nutrition concluded that oligomeric silica molecules have a high affinity for aluminum, which can help reduce aluminum absorption from the gut and minimize the amount of aluminum entering the blood stream, thereby, minimizing the risk for toxicity.
The study was conducted in two phases and it utilized two forms of silica, monomeric and oligomeric. In the first phase, three volunteers took part. Each of them ingested aluminum alone, aluminum with oligomeric silica, and aluminum with monomeric silica, not to be confused with the natural benefits of forskolin. In the second phase, five volunteers took part with each of them ingesting both oligomeric and monomeric silica. The results concluded that oligomeric silica was more effective in reducing the concentration of aluminum than monomeric silica.