Bioactive Silicon (BioSil)

Bio Active silicon is Choline-stabilised orthosilicic acid (ch-OSA). Choline-Stabilized Orthosilicic Acid (ch-OSA®) and BioSil™ are trademarks of and manufactured by Bio Minerals n.v., Belgium. Silicon is an essential trace element required for the normal growth, development, and integrity of hair, skin, nails, mucous membranes, arteries, bones, cartilage and connective tissue. Silicon is also involved in collagen formation, the fibrous protein matrix that provides support for tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones. The best-documented function of silicon is its action in facilitating bone mineralization.While silicon is exceptionally well tolerated at high doses, scientists currently estimate the human requirement for silicon to be from 5 to 20 mg per day.

What is Biosil?
Biosil is a silicon-based dietary supplement designed to be taken orally. Biosil's primary ingredient is silicon in the form of extremely concentrated orthosilicic acid. It also contains choline chloride and glycerine. Biosil is a precursor to collagen, keratin and elastin.

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Benefits / Uses
Biosil is a supplement that with regular intake proclaims it will benefit the improvement of your hair, skin, nails, and joints. In both liquid and pill form, the formula for Biosil contains silicon. The silicon breaks down to release collagen, keratin and elastins which make up our hair and nails. Silicon also aides in bone, joint and organ health. Users of Biosil report noticeable improvements of their hair, skin, nails, and joints after one month of consistent use.

Hair Benefits
Collagen and keratin are proteins vital to the health of your hair. Without these components in your diet and hair care, your hair can become weak, dry, brittle and easily prone to breakage and loss. Consistent intake of Biosil can improve the growth, shine, strength, elasticity and thickness of your hair. Users of Biosil report one to three months of use for noticeable results in the condition of their hair.

Skin Benefits
Silicon is often injected during cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of skin. Silicon taken internally as a supplement can also yield the same benefits; with perhaps longer lasting results and less pain. Wrinkles and fine lines in the face and body can be the result of age, smoking and sun exposure. Biosil can improve the elasticity of your skin, helping it remain supple and youthful by combating wrinkles and fine lines in the skin.

Nail Benefits
Regular intake of Biosil can result in stronger, harder nails and also faster nail growth. As with the overall condition of your hair, lack of collagen and keratin proteins in your body chemistry can show itself in the form of weak brittle nails. With most hair skin and nail supplements, the condition of the nails is usually the first indicator that the supplement is working. Users of Biosil report improved condition of nails in a matter of weeks of consistent use.

Bone & Joint Benefits
Silicon and collagen are vital for the formation and maintenance of connective tissues. Biosil's formula produces calcium deposits and minerals in the bone tissue for better density and strength. Athletes and weightlifters benefit from intake of a form of these supplements for performance and muscle endurance. With a recommended higher dosage of Biosil than what is suggested for hair, skin and nails, regular users can experience a faster recovery from strenuous muscle activity.

Internal Organ Benefits
Biosil's external body results are a result of its mechanisms on the internal body. As with the positive effect on bones and joints, silicon and collagen aiding in the formation and maintenance of connective tissues also benefits cardiovascular health, internal organs and glands.

The human requirement for silicon to be from 5 to 20 mg per day.

Possible Side-effects / Precautions / Possible Interactions
There are mild side-effects that are associated with Biosil when a dose higher than the recommended dose is taken. These include digestive discomfort, diarrhea and bloating. Individuals who wish to start a Biosil regimen should do so only after consultation with their doctor, since, like any supplement, Biosil may impact other medications or affect individual health in ways of which the practitioner should be aware.

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