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Beer Found To Be A Rich Source Of Silicon Needed To Prevent Bone Disease

February 8, 2010: 08:01 AM EST
Beers containing high levels of barley and hops are a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density, according to U.S. researchers who studied commercial beer brewing to find the relationship between production methods and resulting silicon content. Silicon in beer is found as a soluble form of orthosilicic acid (OSA), which yields 50 percent bioavailability. Dietary silicon is important for bone and connective tissue growth, according to the National Institutes of Health, and moderate beer consumption may help fight osteoporosis, a disease of the skeletal system characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue.
Troy R Casey, Charles W Bamforth, "Silicon in beer and brewing", Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, February 08, 2010, © Society of Chemical Industry
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