Silicon - Information and Sources
Silicon is an essential trace mineral, but only required in minute amounts. Requirements are so low, so there is no recommended amount and it is widely distributed in our diet.
Silicon is essential for the proper functioning of connective tissue, nerve cells and the synthesis of thiamin. Deficiency of silicon may lead to increased cold sensitivity, soft brittle nails, wrinkles, thinning or loss of hair or poor bone development.
Whole grains are a rich source of absorbable silicon. Other main food sources of silicon are:
- Raw cabbage
- Brown rice