Increase Height And Grow Taller Using Silicea, Silicic Acid, And Silicon

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!

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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:
100% natural
No preservatives
No stabilizers
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?

Three to four tablespoons of oats or barley are enough to satisfy your daily requirement for silicic acid – this was what many food experts recommended until recently. Today’s reality, however, looks quite different: Plants frequently do not take up enough silicic acid from the soil because it is depleted or had a low silicic acid content in the first place, for example calciferous soil. Food products cultivated on this soil with low silicic acid content will only contain small quantities of this essential trace element. If you want to be on the safe side and be sure your body is getting enough silicic acid, you should therefore treat yourself to a cure with Original silicea Gel over a period of several weeks once or twice a year. Typical symptoms for silicic acid deficiency may be: flabby connective tissue (cellulite); weak ligaments and tendons; an increased occurrence of bone fractures; growth disorders; pale, sallow, and blemished skin; itching; thin and dull hair with split ends; hair loss; brittle nails; problems with teeth and gums; an increased disposition for infections; a general feeling of faintness; and a tendency to feel cold. Especially older people should take care to feed their body enough silicic acid, as the silicic acid content of the tissue decreases with age.
Has the effect of Original silicea Gel on skin, hair, and nails been scientifically corroborated?
Yes, many studies have proven that silicic acid gel promotes hair growth, strengthens fingernails, and makes your skin firmer. The most recent study with Original silicea Gel was conducted in 2006 at the German University Hospital of Hamburg-Eppendorf. This study shows conclusively that after a treatment of only six months, hair thickness increases by an average of 13 percent, the hair looks healthier, has a higher level of gloss and fewer split ends. Moreover, the hair grows visibly faster as a result of the increased supply of silicic acid. The summary of the Director of the Hamburg study, Prof. Dr. med. Augustin, is clearly positive: “Original Silicea Gel can be used without any restrictions for an effective treatment of thin hair.”

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?

The tremendous significance of the silicon contained in silicic acid for the health of higher creatures was recognised much later than that of other trace elements and mineral substances. While scientists identified silicic acid as an essential component in plants and animals as early as 1848, it was only almost 125 years later that Professor Edith Muriel Carlisle, a pioneer in the field of research into silicic acid, succeeded in proving that the substance is vital for animals. In the years to follow, scientists eventually discovered that the trace element has many vital functions within the human body.

Why does silicic acid gel promote the regeneration of skin, hair, and nails especially well when administered orally?

In principle, silicic acid can be administered both externally and orally. To achieve a lasting, clearly measurable success in the structure of skin, hair, nails and connective tissue, however, it should be taken orally. The reason is that inelastic connective tissue, ageing and dry skin, brittle nails, and thin hair are frequently the unattractive consequences of an insufficient level of active silicic acid compounds in the tissue. Taken orally on a regular basis, Original silicea Gel increases the silicic acid content in the connective tissue, causing it to become firmer, more flexible, and healthier. This is the only way to ensure that the hair roots, the nail bed, and the upper skin layers also perform their functions as best as possible and that your skin, hair, and nails are provided with a sufficient supply of nutrients and vital substances through the connective tissue. An additional external treatment with silicic acid gel is recommended in exceptional cases only: for example for the treatment of teeth and gums and of sun-stressed and otherwise fatigued skin, and to promote the healing process in areas of local irritation, small injuries to the skin, itching, skin impurities, and herpes (cold sores).
Me: This is the most elaborate explanation on the science on how silicic acid really works. The explanation talks about hair and nail but those substances is not made from the same stuff as bones. They are made of keratin, which are fibrous structural proteins. For a quick intro to keratin, click HERE . I don’t want to make any quick judgements just yet so let’s do some more research on the compound. 
From WiseGeeks
A variety of herbal remedies are available for enhancing aesthetic beauty. Silicea is a homeopathic medicine used to help improve the condition of hair, skin, and nails. It also has other healthful uses.

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.

Bone. 2003 Feb;32(2):127-35.

Orthosilicic acid stimulates collagen type 1 synthesis and osteoblastic differentiation in human osteoblast-like cells in vitro.

Reffitt DM, Ogston N, Jugdaohsingh R, Cheung HF, Evans BA, Thompson RP, Powell JJ, Hampson GN.


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]

Bone. 2003 Feb;32(2):127-35.
Conclusion: There are many posts around the internet (like HERE)where young teens are taking these homeopathic supplements hoping to grow taller. Some of them state that they grew 1-2 inches from using the supplement for over 1 year. As always, the person taking the supplement can not really accurately pinpoint that the height increase was from the supplement. Many of them were still young enough to have their growth plates open. Some of them has stated that they noticed an increase in hunger after taking for over a few weeks. There has been 1 study done that shows the orthosilicic acid seems to have some effect on collagen type 1 and obsteoblast differentiation. At this time, the Silicea 12x or 6x can not be determined whether it works since a fully controlled experiment was never done. As for my personal opinion, I am divided at this time on its feasibility. 

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  3. George

    Don’t waste the time time to read this quack’s page. He’s not a scientist and most of this blog is balognie!

    1. admin

      If you want to grow taller I am probably the best of the limited options you will have if you are searching any english based website on the internet. If you think you can design a better resource, go right ahead.

  4. amrita

    I am 20 years old & my height is 4’7 I want to increase my height 6-7 inches more please suggest me what I should do please reply soon please ……………..


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