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Interrelations between Essential Metal Ions and Human Diseases

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Attention for Chapter 14: Silicon: The Health Benefits of a Metalloid
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Chapter title
Silicon: The Health Benefits of a Metalloid
Chapter number 14
Book title
Interrelations between Essential Metal Ions and Human Diseases
Published in
Metal ions in life sciences, November 2013
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-7500-8_14
Pubmed ID
Book ISBNs
978-9-40-077499-5, 978-9-40-077500-8
Authors

Keith R Martin, Martin KR, Keith R. Martin, Martin, Keith R.

Editors

Astrid Sigel, Helmut Sigel, Roland K.O. Sigel

Abstract

Silicon is the second most abundant element in nature behind oxygen. As a metalloid, silicon has been used in many industrial applications including use as an additive in the food and beverage industry. As a result, humans come into contact with silicon through both environmental exposures but also as a dietary component. Moreover, many forms of silicon, that is, Si bound to oxygen, are water-soluble, absorbable, and potentially bioavailable to humans presumably with biological activity. However, the specific biochemical or physiological functions of silicon, if any, are largely unknown although generally thought to exist. As a result, there is growing interest in the potential therapeutic effects of water-soluble silica on human health. For example, silicon has been suggested to exhibit roles in the structural integrity of nails, hair, and skin, overall collagen synthesis, bone mineralization, and bone health and reduced metal accumulation in Alzheimer's disease, immune system health, and reduction of the risk for atherosclerosis. Although emerging research is promising, much additional, corroborative research is needed particularly regarding speciation of health-promoting forms of silicon and its relative bioavailability. Orthosilicic acid is the major form of bioavailable silicon whereas thin fibrous crystalline asbestos is a health hazard promoting asbestosis and significant impairment of lung function and increased cancer risk. It has been proposed that relatively insoluble forms of silica can also release small but meaningful quantities of silicon into biological compartments. For example, colloidal silicic acid, silica gel, and zeolites, although relatively insoluble in water, can increase concentrations of water-soluble silica and are thought to rely on specific structural physicochemical characteristics. Collectively, the food supply contributes enough silicon in the forms aforementioned that could be absorbed and significantly improve overall human health despite the negative perception of silica as a health hazard. This review discusses the possible biological potential of the metalloid silicon as bioavailable orthosilicic acid and the potential beneficial effects on human health.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 140 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 21 15%
Researcher 18 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 11%
Student > Master 16 11%
Student > Postgraduate 6 4%
Other 20 14%
Unknown 43 31%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 18 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 10 7%
Chemistry 10 7%
Engineering 8 6%
Other 26 19%
Unknown 52 37%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 84. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 April 2023.
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#481,677
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