What about the silicon dioxide in supplements?

July 2010, Warren Matthews


Question: from Chin

Hi Xtend-Life team, I noticed there are food additives like silicon dioxide and others. I wonder whether this is safe and non-harmful (100% natural) to our body tissues.

Question: from Chin

Hi Xtend-Life team,

From your supplements ingredients, I noticed there are food additives like silicon dioxide and others. I wonder whether this is safe and non-harmful (100% natural) to our body tissues, when absorbed into our blood stream.

I have attached the info from an online search below: "the following article explores the theory that silicon dioxide - a chemical excipient in most nutritional supplement pills and many pharmaceutical drug tablets – may be the cause of a range of symptoms, including forms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This article documents the author’s findings and his observations of how his own Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia symptoms directly correlated with his intake of supplements and pharmaceuticals containing silicon dioxide."

I will be grateful if you can explain and reply to me. Your supplements seem good except for those addictives.

Answer: from Warren

Hi Chin,

The ‘theory’ you refer to re: silicon dioxide is not a good one scientifically. Silicon dioxide is everywhere. It is inert when ingested and passes through the body intact. If it did break down in the body it would be released as silica and oxygen, both of which are beneficial to the body.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that silicon dioxide is found all over the world. Not only is it the foundation of sand on beaches, in bodies of water and in deserts, but it is also found in drinking water, in plants and in animals.

Therefore, it is naturally part of the foods we eat. No scientific research has found whether it is a necessary nutrient for our bodies, nor has research found any signs that it causes harm to the body.

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