Whenever the supplement/compound baryta carbonicam is mentioned on a homeopathic site claiming that it can increase height, the other compound that often goes with it is Silicea (usually the 6x or 12x). The two compounds are expected to go together similar to how some height increase supplements and minerals are supposed to be packaged together like glucosamine and chondroitin or calcium and vitamin D. I wanted to see what exactly was the effect that Silicea is supposed to do to possibly increase in height.
So the first question is always “What is this compound or supplement called Silicea?”
There is an an official site that sells Silicea (HERE) and on the first page, this is what they say Silicea does.
….This trace element is found in plants and animals wherever there is a need for elasticity, flexibility, and structural strength. This can also be beneficial to humans. As silicic acid and in microdispersed form it has a wide variety of capabilities that benefit the human body. This is the secret of the World of Silicea!
Scientists certified the efficacy of Hübner’s Orginal silicea Gel on connective tissue,
hair and nails!*
Sold in Europe for over 50 years.
Original silicea Gel is different to many other silica products in a pill or a capsule because it provides Silica in a pure, potent form.
Other forms of silica are mostly horsetail-based.
Original silicea Gel derived from quartz crystals (the purest form of silica) is a liquid “colloidal” preparation in which microscopic particles of silica are so finely dispersed in water that a gel is formed.
And, since the human body is a colloidal system, Original silicea Gel is absorbed faster and more completely.
Original silicea Gel is absolutely unique worldwide:
Not tested on animals
Suitable for diabetics
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
Me: So it seems that the mineral Silicea is silicic acid, which contains silicon, a very common mineral, which does come in a crystal form but it is encapsulated into liquid gel form.
From the website HERE…
Silica – an essential trace element
When referring to silica, the term trace element does not refer to quantities in which this substance is present in nature, but rather to the level of concentration in human tissue. Although there are no more than 1.4 grams in total in our body, silica is present in almost every single cell. Especially fast-growing cells such as those in skin, hair, and nails contain large amounts of silica.
As we grow older, however, the level of silica in our body decreases. Elasticity and resilience of the connective tissue, too, eventually decline, and the water binding capacity is reduced. Silica promotes the skin’s ability to bind water, and has a positive influence on the skins’s metabolism. At the same time, it helps to build up the connective tissue and promotes growth of hair and fingernails. As the human body needs silica to perform these functions, this trace element has to be supplied continuously through our diet.
Me: Here is the problem I have with these supplement websites. The scientific explanation on why a person needs to take the supplement is very weak and not explained very well. The argument made is that somehow in our modern lifestyle, we are not getting the necessary required dosage of silicon or silicic acid in our diet. With this deficiency we might suffer some form of chronic debilitating disorder. From the FAQs Webpage HERE…
Can the human body have a silicic acid deficiency, and what are the symptoms?
Me: I have not done the research to validate this scientific study done in 2006. The conclusion seems to suggest Silicea will make hair thicker, but nothing about making bones longer, thicker, or stronger.
Is silicic acid an essential trace element?
Why does silicic acid gel promote the regeneration of skin, hair, and nails especially well when administered orally?
Derived from flint or quartz, silicea is an abundant mineral naturally found in the earth’s crust. Part of the structural makeup of bone and cartilage, the remedy is present in humans as a trace element. It can be found in connective tissues as well as hair, skin, and nails.
Its cleansing effects make it particularly useful in treating dry skin, nails, or hair. Silicea can be used to improve acne, blemishes, ulcers, boils, inflammation, or generally sickly skin. Infections from abscesses, skin eruptions, glass shards, and splinters can all be remedied with the help ofsilicea. It can also be used for preventing hair loss and dandruff. Scar tissue visibility may be diminished through use of the mineral.
General body weakness and anemia may also be healed with the remedy. Some people have used the herbal remedy to help with menstrual cycle issues. Digestion can be aided by the natural remedy. Homeopaths say that the mineral can help the body utilize nutrients once food has been consumed. Constipation can also be assuaged through use of silicea.
Silicea is usually prescribed for conditions that have progressed slowly over a lengthy period of time. Homeopathic practitioners often advise people with chronic conditions to use the mineral. It can be used to treat the flu, common cold, and other seasonal health problems. Other ailments the herbal remedy is said to help with include irritability, vertigo, back pain, fatigue, nerve damage, headaches, tremors, and paralysis.
Homeopaths look for certain traits in patients before prescribing a remedy. With silicea, the patient is usually suffering from confusion, overwork, weakness, sensitivity, lack of direction, and fear. The mineral remedy is said to alleviate these problems, providing structure and clarity. Homeopathic doctors claim it has the power to stabilize and restore the human body to homeostasis.
People who are susceptible to infections may be able to benefit the most from this homeopathic cure. Unlike many herbal remedies, it is considered beneficial to children as well, though a physician should be consulted prior to use with any herbal remedy. Gel made from silicea can help soothe razor burns from shaving. The liquid form of the remedy is considered the most popular. It is also available in capsule form and powder extract.
Me: So it seems the compound is really only used in the field of homeopathic medicine, and most clinical medical professionals don’t talk much about it. The variety of stuff it is treated for seems to range throughout all of the human body systems, so it is very difficult (at least for me) to figure out what it exactly does. I note the part where it states clearly …”particularly useful in treating dry skin, nails, or hair”
From the ABC Homeopathy website HERE, I get little information on what Silicea is used for since it seems to be used to treat everything.
I got frustrated and decided instead just to do a search on Silicic Acid and see if it could possibly have any height increase potential. This is what Wikipedia (HERE) says about silicic acid.
Silicic acid is a general name for a family of chemical compounds containing the element silicon attached to oxide and hydroxyl groups. This family of compounds have the general formula [SiOx(OH)4-2x]n. Some simple silicic acids have been identified, but only in very dilute aqueous solution, such as metasilicic acid(H2SiO3), orthosilicic acid (H4SiO4, pKa1=9.84, pKa2=13.2 at 25 °C), disilicic acid (H2Si2O5), and pyrosilicic acid (H6Si2O7); however in the solid state these probably condense to form polymeric silicic acids of complex structure.
Preparation and occurrence
Silicic acids may be formed by acidification of silicate salts (such as sodium silicate) in aqueous solution. The main problem for the chemist is that these silicic acids readily lose water to form silica gel, a form of silicon dioxide. Such conversion involve condensations.
In the oceans, silicon exists primarily as orthosilicic acid (H4SiO4), and its biogeochemical cycle is regulated by the group of algae known as the diatoms. These algae polymerise the silicic acid to so-called biogenic silica, used to construct their cell walls (called frustules).
Silicic acid in health
Continuing research of the correlation of aluminium and Alzheimer’s disease has in the last few years included the use of silicic acid in beverages, due to its abilities to both reduce aluminium uptake in the digestive system as well as cause renal excretion of aluminium.
Study has shown that physiological concentration of orthosilicic acid stimulates collagen type 1 synthesis and osteoblastic differentiation in human osteoblast-like cells in vitro.
Choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid is a bioavailable nutritional supplement. It has been shown to prevent the loss of hair tensile strength, have positive effect on skin surface and skin mechanical properties, and on brittleness of hair and nails, abate brittle nail syndrome, partially prevent femoral bone loss in the aged ovariectomized rat model, increase collagen concentration in calves , and have potential beneficial effect on bone collagen formation in osteopenic females.
Me: So the last few sentences is what clearly jumps out about this Silicea compound. Wikipedia states that orthosilicic acid might stimulate collagen type 1 synthesis and osteoblastic differentiation. The study it references is from HERE .
The abstracts are posted below for you to analyze.
Orthosilicic acid stimulates collagen type 1 synthesis and osteoblastic differentiation in human osteoblast-like cells in vitro.
Gastrointestinal Laboratory, The Rayne Institute, St Thomas’ Hospital, London SE1 7EH, UK.
Silicon deficiency in animals leads to bone defects. This element may therefore play an important role in bone metabolism. Silicon is absorbed from the diet as orthosilicic acid and concentrations in plasma are 5-20 microM. The in vitro effects of orthosilicic acid (0-50 microM) on collagen type 1 synthesis was investigated using the human osteosarcoma cell line (MG-63), primary osteoblast-like cells derived from human bone marrow stromal cells, and an immortalized human early osteoblastic cell line (HCC1). Collagen type 1 mRNA expression and prolyl hydroxylase activity were also determined in the MG-63 cells. Alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin (osteoblastic differentiation) were assessed both at the protein and the mRNA level in MG-63 cells treated with orthosilicic acid. Collagen type 1 synthesis increased in all treated cells at orthosilicic acid concentrations of 10 and 20 microM, although the effects were more marked in the clonal cell lines (MG-63, HCCl 1.75- and 1.8-fold, respectively, P < 0.001, compared to 1.45-fold in the primary cell lines). Treatment at 50 microM resulted in a smaller increase in collagen type 1 synthesis (MG-63 1.45-fold, P = 0.004). The effect of orthosilicic acid was abolished in the presence of prolyl hydroxylase inhibitors. No change in collagen type 1 mRNA level was seen in treated MG-63 cells. Alkaline phosphatase activity and osteocalcin were significantly increased (1.5, 1.2-fold at concentrations of 10 and 20 microM, respectively, P < 0.05). Gene expression of alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin also increased significantly following treatment. In conclusion, orthosilicic acid at physiological concentrations stimulates collagen type 1 synthesis in human osteoblast-like cells and enhances osteoblastic differentiation.
[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]