BioSil: a natural remedy that fights arthritis and osteoporosis

What brings millions of North Americans to their knees late in life? Today, with an aging population many people now end their lives in wheelchairs due to brittle bones (osteoporosis) or are crippled by the pain of osteoarthritis, the wear and tear type.

Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, is an inflammatory condition involving the destruction of cartilage. Its gel-like nature normally acts as a shock absorber. Without cartilage bones rub on bones causing daily pain.

Studies show that one in two people will develop osteoarthritis in their latter years, and two in three obese people will suffer from it at some time during their life.

Now, studies done at the Netherlands Institute of Rheumatology and other European centers found that a natural remedy, choline-stablilized orthosilic acid (ch-OSA), better known as BioSil, helps to ease the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee.

Researchers reported at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Paris, France, that the average age of patients studied was 61 years and 72% were women, of which 98% were menopausal.

The study demonstrated that after 12 weeks of treatment ch-OSA reduced pain, stiffness, and improved function of the knee of men. Researchers are not certain why BioSil had a more positive effect on men, but not on women. They concluded women waited longer to get treatment and had more advanced changes than men.

The good news is that women are helped by BioSil in several other ways, most importantly osteoporosis. Studies reveal that one in four women over the age of 50 has this disease. Osteoporosis, a silent killer, results in fractures of the spine, hip and wrist. A rib fracture can even occur from a forceful hug. Some patients face chronic pain or life in a wheelchair.

Who develops this crippling disease depends on several factors. Genetics plays a role in certain families. So does being thin, small-boned and of white or Asian ancestry. Smokers, and those who consume three or more alcoholic drinks a day and patients who require corticosteroids to treat arthritis or asthma are at increased risk.

Professor T.D. Spector, a leading bone researcher at St Thomas Hospital, London, England, has also shown that low dose ch-OSA, a form of silicon, plays a major role in building strong bones.

In his study women with either osteopenia (early stage of osteoporosis) or osteoporosis were divided into three groups. They were all prescribed a daily supplement of 1,000 milligrams (mg) of elemental calcium and 800 international units of Vitamin D3. But three of the four groups were also given daily amounts of either 3, 6 or 12 drops of ch-OSA.

Spector reported that after 12 months those women taking 6 and 12 drops of ch-OSA showed significant changes in bone formation, particularly in the hipbone.

Ch-OSA builds and maintains strong bones by depositing calcium and phosphate into bone. Equally vital is that ch-OSA triggers collagen formation, the fibrous protein which provides support for bony structures. It’s like the steel rods that keep buildings from collapsing.

The aorta, the largest artery in the body, also benefits from ch-OSA. In later life the aorta contains only 15% silicon, the same amount as a child! Losing this supporting structure may be one reason for development of an aortic aneurysm, subsequent rupture and death.

The predominant component of nails is keratin and the lack of collagen causes brittle nails. Also less hair tends to fall out and skin is less wrinkled when adequate collagen is present.

It’s not often that a natural remedy such as BioSil helps so many diverse problems. The reason is that collagen is the glue that holds cells together and a sound, solid framework is good for all human organs.

BioSil can be taken as drops or capsules. The usual dose for bone strength is five drops daily in either juice or water or one capsule daily. For skin, additional hair or nail benefits take 10 drops daily or two capsules. Pregnant or nursing mothers should not take BioSil. This natural remedy is available in Health Food Stores.

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