Dietary Silicon (OSA) May Be Important For Child Development


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Dietary Silicon (OSA) May Be Important For Child Development

Professor Harry Robberecht from Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium in his paper “Dietary Silicon Intake in Belgium: Sources, availability from foods, and human serum levels” published in Science of the Total Environment 407 (2009) 4777-4782 observed that pregnant women has very low serum silicon content as compared to the age-matched non-pregnant.

An explanation of the high silicon levels of the infant group (especially < 1 year) may be that pregnant mothers offer silicon to the growing fetus for incorporation on bone structure and mineralization and for connective tissue development.

Comment:
A very important and significant observation by the authors of the essentiality of silicon (OSA) in child development. Hence consumption of diet especially of unrefined food such as grains and cereals would contribute to higher intake of silicon. However, the only caveat is that many of the Silicon in these sources may not be in the form that is readily absorbed by the GI. Research has shown that Silicon as Orthosilicic Acid (OSA) is the only form that is absorbed by the body.

Spritzer Natural Mineral Water has been tested by two prestigious universities in the UK, university of London and University of Keele to have about 30 – 35 mg of Silicon in the OSA form in one litre of Spritzer. Hence, regular consumption of Spritzer Natural Mineral Water would contribute richly to a person need of Silicon (as OSA).

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