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Organic silicon

Organic silicon (CH6O3Si), which occurs both naturally and as a synthetic (human-made) compound, is not to be confused with ...

  • silica or mineral silica, two ‘short terms’ for the naturally-occurring inorganic compound silicon dioxide (SiO2)
  • silicon, the rarely-found, pure and unadulterated form of the mineral (Si)
  • silicone, the name given to the synthetic gel popularly used in breast implant and enlargement operations

and is the only form of silicon that the human body can digest to the benefit of its health.

Organic silicon is essential

Organic silicon is essential in both senses of the word: firstly because adequate levels of organic silicon in the body are essential to its well-functioning; secondly because the human body cannot itself make organic silicon. It must find ready-made natural sources to maintain the levels it needs, so essential in the biological sense, like essential vitamins and essential fatty acids.

Organic silicon and the human body

Organic silicon is a major component of both animal and plant living tissue which, in the human body, is found particularly in cartilage, the blood vessel walls, the thymus and adrenal glands, and the liver, spleen, pancreas, nails and hair. It has been used by herbalists and naturopaths since the 1930s to (e.g.):

  • maintain the suppleness and elasticity of the artery walls, and their ability to resist atherosclerosis
  • strengthen and stimulate the growth of bone, collagen, cartilage, tendons and ligaments, reducing the risk of falls and fractures
  • enhance in particular the body’s ability to absorb calcium from the diet and to prevent and recover from osteoporosis (low bone mineral density)
  • enhance the functions of iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and boron
  • protect against the build-up of aluminium in the brain (linked with Alzheimer’s)
  • stabilise and heal fractures, wounds and burns

A relatively scarce resource

Many plants and micro-organisms (e.g. radish, alfalfa, cucumber, cos/Romaine lettuce, watercress, capsicum, tomato, wheatgrass,[1] horsetail fern, bamboo, mushrooms, bacteria, diatoms (see Edi) a contain organic silicon but, probably primarily due to modern agricultural practices, only in tiny amounts . Someone seriously deficient in organic silicon relies on relatively newly available, synthetic organic silicon supplements to boost their levels, e.g. Silicium G5 Siliplant (see below).

The challenge of producing large amounts of organic silicon

In 1957 the French chemist Norbert Duffaut at the University of Bordeaux (France) discovered how to synthesise organic silicon and called it DNR. Although DNR was relatively unstable he used it successfully in conjunction with a team of medical doctors in several applications. In 1967 the French Academy of Sciences awarded the J. Levy-Bricker Prize for Medicine to one of the team for his work with DNR and cardiovascular disease.

In the 1970s, using the scanning electron microscopy technology he had pioneered, the French geologist Loïc le Ribault found what he first thought were thin layers of highly soluble silica on the surfaces of some types of grains of sand. He later established that the layers were due to the combined actions of various living micro-organisms, mainly bacteria, which were able to extract mineral silica from the sand grains and convert it into organic silicon.
While working with these micro-organisms in 1975 Loïc discovered that a solution containing them and their organic silicon deposits had therapeutic properties. He had suffered from psoriasis on his hands for ten years. The experiment involved placing his right hand in the solution. Two days later the psoriasis on the right hand had cleared up, but the psoriasis on the left hand remained. Coincidence? A couple of days later he repeated the experiment but using his left hand. Two days later the psoriasis on the left hand had cleared up.
In 1982, inspired by this experience, Norbert and Loïc joined forces to:

  • make a stable organic silicon solution
  • determine which particular forms of organic silicon were most effective for treating which illnesses

Norbert died in 1993, only a year before he and Loïc completed their work to develop ‘monomethyl silane triol' (dubbed ‘G1’), a stable, orally-taken, therapeutic solution suitable for industrial production. Loïc worked on four further generations of G1 (G2, G3, G4 and G5) until his death in 2007. This is the source of the Silicium G5 Siliplant and Silicium G5 Gel now made by Silicium España Laboratorios at the Parc Tecnologico in Vila-Seca 43480 (Tarragona, Spain).

Silicium G5 Siliplant and Silicium G5 Gel are:

  • completely non-toxic and free of side-effects
  • absorbed by and beneficial to human and non-human animals and plants
  • also very able to penetrate the skin and be diffused throughout the body by that route
  • a very effective pain-killer which acts within minutes, notably for joint pain, burns, cuts and stings
  • vital to the reconstruction of elastene and collagen, the early stages of bone mineralisation and the human body’s metabolism in general
  • anti-inflammatory
  • strongly supportive of the immune system and the healing
    of scar tissue
  • compatible with any other treatment

Our principal contact for Silicium G5 products in the UK is: John Blake, Healthy Approach Company, The Coach House (behind Fernley Lodge), Manorbier, Wales, SA70 7TH % 01834 871452 e: cliq@btinternet.com www.healthy-approach.co.uk


(i) Diatoms are a major group of microalgae and among the most common types of phytoplankton. A unique feature of diatom cells is that they are enclosed within a cell wall made of silica.
(ii) Research has shown that several skeletal diseases traditionally attributed to calcium loss do not respond to calcium-based treatments alone, but only when they are used in conjunction with organic silica. It may be that the original loss was that of organic silica, itself causing the loss of calcium, or that the loss of the two was joint, necessitating the presence of both for successful treatment.
(iii) Research findings include the articles ‘Organic silica may stimulate new bone growth’, ‘Orthosilicic acid benefits for skin, nails and hair in women with photo-damaged skin’ and ‘Stabilised orthosilicic acid well absorbed by calves’ below.


[1] Are we all silica deficient? Amanda Brocket. https://therawkitchen.com/silica-deficient/

(17397) Nick Anderson. Green Health Watch 52 1.5.2017

Organic silica may stimulate new bone growth

Two recent studies suggest that supplementing the diet with organic silica (as orthosilicic acid) may stimulate new bone growth.[1,2]

Lead researcher of the second study, Ravin Jugdaohsingh, explains the importance of this work: "Currently, nearly all treatments for osteoporosis (or low bone mass) work by reducing resorption (bone loss) … Silicon could thus provide a new type of therapy for low bone mass". He attributed the significant fall in silica intake in more industrially developed countries to:

  • modern food processing and refining
  • both water treatment and purification
  • the spread of hydroponic farming (see the article 'Vertical, LED-lit, radiation, pesticide, pollution and wash-free farming' [GHWM 17555]

Ravin noted that silicon has also been linked positively to both:

  • preventing and reducing atherosclerosis
  • restoring damaged connective tissue (skin, hair and nails)

and thus "may have a wider role in human health."

[1] Orthosilicic acid stimulates collagen type1 synthesis and osteoblastic differentiation in human osteoblast-like cells in vitro. Reffitt.DM et al. Bone2003;32(2):127-35
[2]Silicone intaKe is a major dietary determinant of bone mineral density in men and premenopausal women of the Framingham offspring cohort. Jugdaohsingh,R et al. Bone 2003;32(5):s192

(17521) Nick Anderson. Green Health Watch Magazine 52 2.2.2018

See also the article Organic silicon - skin benefit