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Joint problems: the solution 'Organic Silicon' !

Organic silicon is one of the "cream pies" of natural health. In all bio shows, you find stands run by professionals for commercial touting this "miracle" to cure almost all diseases. The truth, as always, is more complicated. Little scientific research has been done on the therapeutic properties of silicon, and even those who believe in its benefits are unable to explain how it works or why it would be good for the body.

The result is a war of information on the Internet.

On the one hand, journalists sweep a backhand manufacturers such as organic silicon users, accusing the product to be useless or even dangerous. A strong example is the Science & Avenir newspaper (1), which obviously does not believe all the virtues of silicon ... But the journalist is repeating the discourse of the French health authorities (AFSSAPS) and European (EFSA ), which is a little short when we know the degree of intellectual opening.

In front, you have a tremendous wealth of personal testimonies regarding the incredible effects of this product. You have an overview by going read reviews of the same article of Science & Avenir, where the journalist is critical attack by its own readers, who seem them have indeed tried the product and have actually well observed the benefits!

In any case, the organic silicon is a sulfur product, especially because of the many cases related to its inventors, the chemist and geologist Norbert Duffaut Loïc Le Ribault, who was one of the first users in France from the scanning electron microscope. The first was found dead in 1993 (the police conclude a suicide), the second was imprisoned and accused of all kinds of fraud, particularly having claimed improve the product created by Norbert Duffaut and having marketed by multiplying its price by twelve, under the G5 name. Learn all about this mysterious affair, read "Loïc Le Ribault and G5: the adventure of organic silicon." (2)

The fact remains that the organic silicon may be a very interesting solution for people caring osteoarthritis, and could cure many other diseases, such as osteoporosis, atherosclerosis (artery lesions increase the risk infarction), many skin and hair problems, and strengthen the immune system. That is why today we devote a thorough article.

The origins of organic silicon

Sand, quartz, and numerous rocks are made with silicon, which is the second most abundant element in the earth's crust after oxygen and front aluminum.

Now it is that you also have silicon in your body, and particularly in your connective tissues, that is to say the bones, cartilage, skin and supporting tissues.

Silicon is a most important minerals in the human body: the body contains about 7 grams, 2 grams against for zinc and 4 grams for iron, yet very important them too.

With age, the silicon supplies dwindle alarmingly. And the modern diet, as usual, makes things worse since we consume more foods rich in many silicon: cereal husks, quality fruits and vegetables, spring water. The tap water, in particular, is today routinely flocculated by aluminum which removes much of the silicates.

However, silicon is necessary for the biosynthesis of many molecules such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, essential elements of cartilage, bone, skin, and immune system. Silicon is also involved in the formation of hair and nails.

Let us review briefly the effects on different diseases:

How silicon could treat several diseases

Joint problems: the silicon is essential for the synthesis of glycosaminoglycans, found in abundance in the cartilage. Silicon deficiency can therefore lead to OA, which is caused by a problem of cartilage regeneration. Studies on embryonic cartilage show that their growth is related to the presence of silicon, which catalyzes the prolyl-hydroxylase, which is essential for the biosynthesis of collagen and glycosaminoglycans.

Cardiovascular disease: silicon in the synthesis and arrangement of elastin and collagen fibers constitute the artery walls, they increase flexibility. It would therefore be an excellent protective against atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, which can cause heart attack, and reduced blood pressure. The analyzes of the composition of healthy arteries and greatly damaged by atheroma arteries clearly showed a decrease in the level of silicon in diseased arteries.

Skin problems: the more the skin is rich in silicon, the more it is soft, thick, slightly wrinkled, and heals easily. Indeed, the dermis, tissue located under the skin and the feed comprises an extracellular matrix which is comprised of fibers of collagen, elastin and glycosaminoglycans. As we have seen, the silicon is essential for the establishment and renewal of these fibers. Low silicon content is also associated with skin problems such as psoriasis.

Hair: silicon prevents hair loss and promote regrowth may, by acting on the exoskeleton.

An interesting substance against aging

Silicon is therefore a key tool in the fight against aging:

  •      Aging joint level with osteoarthritis;
  •      aging bone with osteoporosis;
  •      the aging of the skin with wrinkles and healing problems;
  •      the aging of the arteries to atherosclerosis.

Various studies have shown that there is significant decrease in level of silicon, up to 80%, especially at the skin and arteries with age, and in particular from the menopause in women.

Does this mean you throw on the first pile of sand came to replenish your reserves of silicon?

Is it enough to eat sand to restore balance?

Alas no, it's not that simple. Sand contains a lot of silicon, but it is of inorganic silicon, that is to say oxidized and inert. He probably has no therapeutic value since it can not be assimilated by the body.

I write "probably" because, oddly enough, there in North Africa a tradition to bury in the sand people suffering from rheumatism. According Loïc Le Ribault, the sand would precisely on their surface a layer of organic silicon, that is to say, active and assimilated by the body, especially effective against osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, skin disorders and atherosclerosis.

These claims, however, have never been proven through independent research, we leave aside here. Back to the sand, then.

If you eat the sand, you have no beneficial effect to wait because it will anyway discharged through your body without being absorbed.

But silicon is also found in nature as "colloidal", that is to say by microparticles suspended in a liquid, like the sap of some plants: nettle, horsetail, bamboo.

However, even as "colloidal" it is always a mineral form, very poorly absorbed by the body. Only 1-10% manage to cross the intestinal barrier. For the small portion that come to pass in your blood, most will never enter in the cells and connective tissue. It will be eliminated by the kidneys in the urine. You have beautiful in room 15 to 40 mg per day, if you have a normal diet, you can reach 2 mg per day are needed.

But silicon is also available in organic form, that is to say unoxidized (we say "reduced"), soluble and therefore highly active and assimilated by the body, including the cellular level.

For readers who have chemistry concepts, it is interesting to know that the organic silicon consists of a methyl group (one carbon and three hydrogens) attached to a silicon atom, itself attached to a , two or three bonds alcohols (-OH). Over there alcohols links, more silicon is active.

The main molecule used in food supplementation, and developed by Norbert Duffaut is monomethyl Silane Triol (MMST), which has three alcohol groups (the maximum).

Note that the way the organic silicon occurs in nature is a mystery. There is to date no publication addressing this issue.

Interest in the health of organic silicon MMST

This molecule has, thanks to its structure, a dual polarity: it is both hydrophilic, through its links alcohol, which gives it a good solubility in water, essential to the passage in the blood. But it is also hydrophobic, due to its methyl group, which gives it an affinity for the fats, and allows the passage through the protective film from the skin.

When sufficiently diluted in water, and it is only found in any case in the trade as a liquid form, the MMST associated with amino acids do not polymerize and therefore does not precipitate, which ensures its high bioavailability . A rigorous study of the work of Duffaut leads to choosing a concentration of about 0.03% to ensure that no precipitation, which would neutralize the effects of organic silicon.

It remains fragile, including in this form. Organic silicon MMST must not come into contact with either the glass or with metal. We should avoid exposing it to too great heat, cold and light. It must be stored at room temperature in an opaque vial, stoppered, and must be determined directly with the cap or an plastic assayed.

In this case, the uptake in the blood is estimated between 50 and 70%, against 5% for colloidal silicon.

Only 5% of the treated part will be eliminated through the urine, the remainder being used by the cells and connective tissues, against 50% for colloidal silicon.

A cure bringing about 2 mg of organic silicon per day will replenish, and restart the production of connective tissue, especially cartilage in the case of osteoarthritis (when the destruction of it is related to a deficit course silicon).


Food use of organic silicon has been banned since January 1, 2010 on the advice of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA). However, it was previously authorized without notable adverse reactions and marketing is still permitted provided they do not present it as a food product.

The MMST maybe used in the form of lotion. It is applied to the skin by soaking a gauze. As it penetrates very well into the skin, he joined the nearest connective tissue. It was the means by Norbert Duffaut.

There are also in gel form, easier to use.

Thank you to Jean Marc Dupuis for this clarity!



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