Of all the minerals important for good health, silica is by far the most underrated and misunderstood mineral of all. It is the seventh most prevalent element in human tissue after calcium. Research done in the 1970s by Dr. Edith Carlisle at the UCLA School of Public Health affirmed without any doubt the extreme importance of silica. Her research showed silica to be essential in collagen formation and connective tissue strength. Collagen is the tough fibrous material which holds us together and is the major component of everything from our bones to our skin. Historically, the primary source of dietary silica was the outside husks of grains. With the advent of the industrial revolution and the invention of the combine a machine used to harvest grain, man for the first time could remove grain husks. So, rather than being the staff of life, bread had the first of many essential mineral nutrients removed. As we all know, subsequent refinement of grain has, when eaten as white flour, became one of the scourges of modern society. Now, all white bread contains virtually zero natural mineral nutrients.
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