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Silica Gel for Arthritis

Updated February 21, 2019

Silica gel products are being used to ease the pain of arthritis. There is some question as to whether or not they help. There is also a possibility that they may be harmful.

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Silica gel is rubbed on the arthritic area of the body in a thin layer. It should not be touched for a few minutes while the body absorbs it.


Gels with silica for arthritis are readily available in some drugstores and on the Internet. There are quite a few different brands with varying formulas.


Silica is a substance used in gel that can prevent the decalcification of bone. It may also be beneficial to the immune system.


Each brand of silica gel may contain a different strength of the component. Also consider that silica gel is more effective for arthritis if it isn't used right before or after a meal.


Silica and its main compound silicon have been linked to cell damage and, possibly and rather ironically, to causing arthritis. Consult with your doctor before using silica for arthritis.

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About the Author

Marcia Frost is a writer covering travel, food, wine/spirits, and health. She writes for many on and offline publications, including The Daily Meal, Girls Getaway, Travelhoppers, and Princess Cruises.She also has a popular blog, Wine And SpiritsTravel. She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Long Island University.

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