Bioavailability of silicon, a technological challenge

Silicon is the second most abundant element on Earth, after oxygen. It exists in two forms in nature:
– a mineral form (quartz, emerald, etc.) insoluble in water
– an active form (orthosilicic acid) soluble in water and highly present in the body’s connective tissue (bones, cartilage, vascular walls, skin and skin appendages, etc.).

As abundant as it is, this element cannot be produced by the body and can only be provided by food.

An essential trace element for the body

Silicon is vital to the structure of connective tissue – also called “supporting tissue” – in which it plays many key roles. Silicon therefore contributes to healthy skin, hair, nails, bones and joints.

Studies have found that silicon deficiency may lead to delayed and abnormal development of the human body: general organ atrophy, almost complete absence of cartilage and weakening of the skeleton. According to these studies Silicon reinforces the cohesion between the organs, in particular through its direct influence on the production of collagen, a major component of connective tissue1.

In addition, other studies have shown that as the body ages, its capacity to absorb silicon in the intestines is diminished. This physiological phenomenon, which accompanies and accelerates the ageing process, can be slowed down by consuming food supplements enriched with highly bioavailable silicon2.

 

Collasil® and Osteosil®, highly bioavailable silicon

Iontec has used cutting-edge technology and extensive studies to develop Collasil® and Osteosil®, ingredients with clinically proven health benefits. These two solutions provide the body with silicon through an oral dose. The form of these ingredients  optimises their bioavailability in order to ensure that the silicon is assimilated by the body.

The major technological challenge Iontec’s research teams faced was overcoming silicon’s very low polymerisation threshold (tendency to agglomerate above a certain concentration). Polymerisation causes compounds to increase in size and therefore contributes to reducing the bioavailability of silicon since it prevents it from passing into the bloodstream, which is necessary for any biological activity.

Iontec has therefore developed and patented new technology which makes it possible to stabilise silicon in a powder form so that it does not polymerise. By trapping the silicon in a collagen peptide matrix, bonds were created between the amines and the hydroxyl groups of amino acids and orthosilicic acid. Once it is ingested, this peptide matrix is broken down in the stomach into amino acids, liberating the silicon from which it was created.

Iontec therefore guarantees an optimal silicon intake for beautiful skin, hair and nails and healthy bones and joints.


Bibliographical references

1. Seaborn, C. D., and F. H. Nielsen. “Silicon deprivation decreases collagen formation in wounds and bone, and ornithine transaminase enzyme activity in liver.” Biological trace element research 89.3 (2002): 251-261
2. Charnot Y, Pérès G. Change in the absorption and tissue metabolism of silicon in relation to age, sex and various endocrine glands. Lyon Med 1971;13:85