FAQs

A: Silical is an advanced line of natural bone health supplements from Institute for Better Bone Health, developed by a team of renowned orthopedic surgeons. Silical System* is an original bone health supplement that contains organic silicon to support bone and collagen growth, and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Silical Boost provides additional vitamins for bone trauma and healing.

* Adequate calcium and vitamin D, throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
A: Silical System* is composed if Silical 1 and Silical 2. The reason there are two bottles is that there are two components of bone strength. The first is bone hardness. This is where Silical 1 is needed because it provides Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D, which are the building blocks of bone hardness (also called bone mineralization). The second component of bone strength is bone collagen. This is the fabric that supports calcium. Silical 2 has nutrients that strengthen and toughen the fabric of bone. The most important player here is an organic form of silicon - because silicon helps form the structure of bone collagen and toughens collagen protein. Taking Silical 2 a few hours after you take Silical 1 gives calcium and vitamin D time to absorb, and introduces silicon and other essential nutrients that increase the effectiveness of Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D. In addition, the nutrients in Silical 2 promote healthy collagen - which not only supports bone, but also hair, skin and nails.

* Adequate calcium and vitamin D, throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
A: Silical System is a bone health supplement that helps complete your nutritional needs. The ingredients in Silical System are naturally found in foods. They are added because of their bone building effects, and in most cases, because the majority of Americans have insufficient amounts in the foods they eat.

View a list of foods that contain the essential nutrients in Silical System.

If your diet permits eating the foods listed, you should be able to take Silical System. Silical System contains reasonable amounts of these ingredients without putting you over the recommended daily amount (RDA), but simply to compensate for the amount you may not be getting from food.
A: Some bone health supplement brands contain vitamins and minerals in excessive amounts and contain harmful plant extracts. On the contrary, the nutrients in Silical System are added in the amounts associated with improved bone quality, and are found in common foods.
A: The FDA classifies all nutritional supplements as "specialty foods". Silical products comply with the Dietary Supplement Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP) for Quality Control. The amount of each ingredient is selective and consistent with guidelines provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), for safe levels and recommended daily amounts (RDA). Our bone health supplements are manufactured in the United States, within world-class facilities that are registered with the FDA and comply with federal and worldwide regulatory bodies. Click here to read the details of our Quality Standards.
A: Silicon is one of the most abundant elements in the universe. However, it is not very abundant in foods that support bones. This is the main reason it is so important to supplement with silicon. Silical® System* contains an organic form of silicon that is designed to absorb by the body.

Silica is a combination of silicon and oxygen. The silicon dioxide form is essentially sand and is a poor dietary source of silicon. Read labels carefully to see if the ingredient is silicon dioxide or other forms of silicon. The term silica is used by some products that promote healthier skin, hair, and nails. Some of these products contain gel forms that are beneficial for health of nails, hair and skin. The silicon in Silical System is designed to support bone collagen in addition to benefiting skin, hair and nails.

Silicone is a rubber-like material that forms when silicon is artificially combined with polymers. Silicone rubber and liquid can’t be digested or absorbed even when implanted.

Silicates may also be difficult to digest. Talcum powder is one example. A dietary example is bananas – they contain silicate that is poorly absorbed by the intestines and can’t be counted as a quality silicon food source.

* Adequate calcium and vitamin D, throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Silical is not a substitute for bisphosphonates. These powerful medications are effective for those who need them, so long as they understand the risks. However, based on recommendations from the National Osteoporosis Foundation, physicians are making greater efforts to inform patients of the importance of continuing their nutritional support in addition to bisphosphonates. While bisphosphonates slow the bone remodeling process, the nutrients in Silical System provide the building blocks for bone hardness and collagen support.

Some bisphosphonates include vitamin D and/or calcium. If your medication includes these, you may only need Silical 2, which adds silicon, vitamin K, boron and other nutrients that are essential for bone formation and maintenance.
A: Silical 1 and Silical 2 comprise the Silical System*. Silical 1 contains researched amounts of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D, all of which have been shown to be crucial to building healthier bones. Silical 2 contains silicon, which emerging research has shown to be a vital, often overlooked component to optimal bone health. Silicon occurs naturally in some foods, but dietary intake of silicon is frequently low, and supplementing with silicon is a great way to improve your bone health. In addition to silicon, Silical 2 also contains vitamin K2 and boron, which are also important for building healthy bones.

* Adequate calcium and vitamin D, throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
A: Your body needs both silicon and calcium to build healthy bones. However, silicon and calcium, when taken together, compete for intestinal absorption. In order to get the maximum benefit of both nutrients, it is best if they are taken at different times of the day. While it would have been easier to include all the nutrients in one product, the research shows that it might not be as effective.
A: Yes. Recent studies have shown that too much calcium increases the risk of heart attack and kidney stones. There is no doubt that calcium is beneficial to bones, but the total intake from diet and supplements should be approximately 1,200 mg per day. The safe and recommended amount that should come from just supplements for almost all adults is 500 mg. Silical System* provides exactly 500mg calcium, and additional nutrients that improve its absorption and effect.

* Adequate calcium and vitamin D, throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
A: The three ingredients in Silical 1 are well known and accepted nutrients for bone health. You may substitute your own brand of calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D instead of Silical 1 if you prefer. We do recommend that you monitor your calcium intake to ensure you are getting appropriate amounts. Silical 1 and Silical 2 were formulated to work together with clinically researched amounts of each specific nutrient. There is no need to take a calcium supplement in addition to Silical 1 and 2. The supplements in Silical 2 are just as important as calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D, but these lesser known nutrients are often overlooked by those who only rely on calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium.
A: It’s not harmful to take Silical 1 and 2 at the same time. However, research suggests that they will be more effective when taken at least two hours apart.
A: Silical 1, 2, or Boost may be taken with meals or on an empty stomach. The ingredients are all found in foods, so the difference in absorption is insignificant. However, if you take medicines to decrease stomach acid, it is best to take at least Silical 1 with meals.
A: It's okay to skip a day once in a while with Silical 1 or 2, or even both from time to time. These are intended to supplement your food intake, and there’s some nutrition in everyone’s diet. If you eat very healthy foods with lots of vegetables, fruits, and nuts, then missing a day is probably less serious. However, some of the nutrients in Silical System are insufficient even in a very healthy diet. If you miss two days in a row, take more than one of each - but spread them out throughout the day because it is gentler on your stomach.
A: Silical Boost is a unique product formulated for those who want to optimize normal bone repair following bone surgery or fractures – and also for those who want a boost at the beginning of their bone health program. Calcium and vitamin D are important for calcification of bone in later stages of bone healing. As physicians, we know that the earlier stages of bone repair often determine success, and Silical Boost supplies nutrients that are fundamental in supporting the early stages of the body’s natural bone-building process. Research has shown that extra vitamin C can help bones heal faster and stronger. Supplementation with Vitamin E is also associated with improved healing after bone surgery, and Silical Boost has additional nutrients that are associated with improved bone-building.
A. No. Silical Boost is intended to be taken along with Silical 1 and Silical 2 during periods of maximum need. After that need has passed, then Silical 1 and 2 are prepared to support long-term bone health.
A: Yes. Taking Silical System* with Silical Boost provides the optimal level of nutrients needed to build strong, healthy bones during the body’s normal bone repair process.<br.
* Adequate calcium and vitamin D, throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
A: Silical supplements are available exclusively on our website, or by placing an order by phone at 800-242-6149. For your convenience, shipments are delivered right to your door. Silical is not available in stores. Our Preferred Customer Program offers the best price on a 3-month supply. Learn more and enroll.
A: Our website is a consumer resource. We have tons of information about the best diet for bone health,exercises that positively impact bone health, and the role nutrition plays in bone health. Also follow theBone Health Now Blog for articles and updates.
A: Taking a multivitamin may be helpful for other aspects of health besides bone health. So, yes, please keep taking a multivitamin in addition to Silical. The American Heart Association also recommends increasing omega-3 fatty acid consumption, so that may be taken in addition to the multivitamin and Silical 1 and 2.
A: A little extra of the ingredients in Silical 1 and 2 is okay. Most multivitamins have limited amounts of bone building nutrients so additional supplementation with Silical 1 and 2 is usually beneficial for people at risk for weak bones. There is a wide range of acceptable intake for the essential nutrients in Silical 1 and 2. However, it’s probably best to avoid doubling the amounts of magnesium and calcium.
A: All of the ingredients in Silical bone health supplements are carefully researched and do not contain unknown medicinal extracts. The amount of each ingredient is selective and consistent with guidelines provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), for safe levels and recommended daily amounts. Our bone health supplements are manufactured in the United States, within world-class facilities that comply with federal and worldwide regulatory bodies. Click here to read the details of our Quality Standards.