Beer Is a Rich Source of Silicon (as OSA) and May Help Prevent Osteoporosis
Food science and technology researchers from the University of California – Davis reported in Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, April 15 issue, 2010, 90 (5) : 784 -788 “ Silicon in Beer and Brewing”, that beer is a rich source of bone – building silicon (OSA).
Silicon is present in beer in the soluble form of Orthosilicic Acid (OSA) which yields 50 percent bioavailability, making beer a major contributor to silicon intake in the diet.
The researchers said that the beer brewing process extracts silicon largely from hops and the husks of grains and dissolves it into the liquid, where the body can easily absorb it.
The study analyzed 100 commercially available beers for their silicon (OSA) content and found the average silicon (OSA) content ranged from 6.4 to 56.5 mg/L.
Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon (OSA). Wheat contains less silicon than barley because it is the husk of the barley that is rich in this trace mineral. The lighter beers are generally better than the darker products in OSA content.
Everyone knows the role that calcium plays in healthy bones, but many may be surprised to learn that silicon (as OSA) also is crucial.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in USA, dietary silicon as soluble OSA, may be important for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue through the mechanism that stimulate collagen production, which is a building block in bone and skin formation.
OSA also works synergistically with calcium during the initial stage of bone formation to aid in calcium deposition. Without OSA, calcium will not be able to be properly deposited to form strong bones that can prevent osteoporosis.
A 2004 study of 2,847 people from the Framingham Osteoporosis study, published in the prestigious Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, found that men and pre-menopausal women who drank the most silicon (as OSA), about 40 mg a day, had the highest Bone Mineral Density (BMD), a measurement of bone health.
Although certain beers are good dietary source of bone-building silicon (as OSA), experts cautioned against excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks.
There are other alternative ways of getting your OSA into your diet such as cereals and grains but these sources of silicon must be broken into OSA form to make it bio-available to your body.
The most bio-available source of silicon (as OSA) is found naturally enriched in Spritzer Natural Mineral Water, the number 1 natural mineral water brand in Malaysia.
Two prestigious universities in England, University of London and Keele University has tested Spritzer Natural Mineral Water to contain about 35 mg of Silicon as OSA in one litre.
Hence regular consumption of at least one litre of Spritzer daily will provide enough silicon (as OSA) to increase your Bone Mineral Density (BMD).
So for strong bones, drink up your SPRITZER NATURAL MINERAL WATER.