Silicon as Orthosilicic Acid (OSA) can Protect your Bone

Silicon as Orthosilicic Acid (OSA) can Protect your Bone

Moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages could have benefits for bone health, though any potential impacts may be lost upon continued drinking, according to new research published in the prestigious journal, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2009 ; 89 : 1 – 9 “Effects of Beer, Wine and Liquor Intakes on Bone Mineral Density in Older Men and Women”.

In the findings, researchers suggested that men and postmenopausal women who consumed 1 to 2 drinks a day of wine or beer had improved Bone Mineral Density (BMD) in their hips and spine. However, the report claimed that exceeding these guidelines was thought conversely to be detrimental to bone strength, particularly in men.

Researchers from Tufts Medical Center said that in testing the alcohol intakes and BMD of 1183 male, 1289 postmenopausal and 248 premenopausal women, a particular link was found for moderate wine or beer drinking in relation to bone strength. All test subjects were between 26 to 89 years of age.

Lead researcher, Professor Katherine Tucker suggested that when compared to abstainers, hip BMD in men consuming alcohol products at a rate of 1 to 2 drinks a day was 2.4 to 4.5 % higher. The finding suggested a similar pattern in postmenopausal women, where a daily intake of 2 drinks of alcohol or wine was linked to improve BMD in the hips and spine by 5 to 8.3 %.
The study suggested that a number of mechanisms may explain the studies conclusions and one of them is present of silicon in beer, which in the form of Orthosilicic Acid (OSA) could help promote bone formation at moderate levels.



Some health experts have stressed concerns in promoting alcohol, at any level of consumption, to being beneficial to nutrition and health due to fears over the wider potential impacts on the body from drinking.

Silicon in the form of OSA is also richly present in Spritzer Natural Mineral Water. The University of London and the University of Keele, both from Britain have both tested Spritzer to contain about 35 mg in one litre of Spritzer Natural Mineral Water.

Earlier study from the same group “Dietary Silicon Intake is Positively Associated with Bone Mineral Density in Men and Premenopausal Women of the Framingham Offspring Cohart” published in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research February 2004, volume 19, Number 2, page 297 showed that consumption of more than 25 mg Si as OSA provided the Bone Mineral Density Increased.

Hence, instead of drinking beer why not opt for the healthier option, Spritzer Natural Mineral Water for your bone health.