In order to better understand the bioavailability of Organic Silicon, it is important to understand the difference between the various biochemical shapes of silica (SiO2), of the Silicon element (Si) and different the Silanols.
Silicon is the most widely found metalloid on the planet as it represents 28% of the earth’s crust.
It was thought to be a trace element for many years but research during the last twenty years has shown that it is in fact a secondary macro-element. Here’s a quick reminder of these major elements:
Macro-elements: Sodium (Na), Potassium (K), Phosphorous (P), Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg)
Secondary macro-elements: Silicon (Si), Boron (B), Bromine (Br), Rubidium (Rb), Strontium (Sr)
The amount of silicon in the body is about 7 grams, almost twice the amount of iron which shows its importance at a biological and structural level.
It is found virtually everywhere including in the blood (about 10 mg /liter equal to one tenth of the calcium level) and the organs and tissues: bone, blood vessel walls, spleen, tendons, muscles, liver, pancreas, kidneys, heart, endocrine system, eyes, skin… it is also present in the heart of the smallest biological cell because it contains three centrioles made of silicon.
The very high levels of silicon in the fetus reduces with age to such an extent that extracellular levels can be reduced by as much as 80 % in elderly people.
The daily requirement to maintain the silicon level in the body at the right level are quite high because it requires a daily intake of 15 – 25 mg of elemental silicon per day for maintenance and up to 40 mg in compensation (collagen restructuring). Most organic silicons contain about 500 mg of elemental silicon and sometimes much less. What this means is that to satisfy the daily requirements mentioned above, you need to consume about 1 liter of Silanol per week.
Professor Christian Daniel Assoun and his research teams are aware of this problem and have looked at ways both for stopping the polymerization and for increasing availability. This work has led to the birth of Si-G5 organic silicon.