Side effects of Biosil

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Side effects of Biosil
Biosil, known as a skin vitamin. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Biosil is a dietary supplement that contains choline-stabilised orthosilicic acid, a biologically active form of silicone that is believed to help with the production of collagen and elastin. Taken mainly as a "skin vitamin," Biosil nourishes skin, hair and nails. The product has also been proven to support total bone and joint health. Despite its popularity, Biosil has been linked to mild side effects including digestive discomfort, diarrhoea and bloating.

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How Biosil works

Biosil is specifically formulated to nourish three essential proteins: collagen, keratin and elastin. Collagen reduces the appearance of fine lines and prevents wrinkles from forming by "plumping" and replenishing the skin; keratin is a protein that helps thicken and strengthen hair and nails; elastin gives skin the ability to bounce back, fighting against wrinkles and fine lines. The results include reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, stronger, thicker hair and nails and increased bone mineral density.

Dosage

Biosil should be taken only as directed. It is available as drops or capsules. Drops can be mixed with 60 ml (1/4 cup) of fluid or dropped directly into an empty hard-shell capsule and swallowed immediately. Patients who take more Biosil than the recommended daily dose may experience temporary side effects.

Side effects

To date, side effects have only been reported by individuals who ingested a higher dose than recommended. Reported side effects include digestive discomfort, bloating and diarrhoea.

Digestive discomfort

Digestive discomfort can be used to describe a set of complex symptoms that create pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest. Heartburn, bloating, nausea, belching and vomiting may accompany digestive discomfort.

Warning

Although they are not life-threatening, side effects of Biosil are likely to cause temporary discomfort, and may result in an inability to sleep and/or engage in normal everyday activities. If you experience severe abdominal pain or if your symptoms persist for more than 24 hours, you should consult a doctor for assistance.

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