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Minerals are perhaps the single most important nutritional component to ensure health and vigor. Let’s dive into each mineral, mineral options and how to improve mineral balance in our goats.
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SiliconPosted by theholisticgoat on April 16, 2023 at 11:36 am
Post all data, research, questions and information related to the mineral silicon here.
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- OrganizerApril 16, 2023 at 11:41 am
We live near a defunct mine. I don’t know what kind of toxins might be redistributed in our area as a result, but we had an interesting phenomenon last summer when we put the does out to pasture: the silicon consumption in the mineral buffet increased from 3.44 pounds total in May to 25.13 pounds in June before peaking at a whopping 35.06 pounds in July. It then dropped to a low of 1.81 pounds in November with the same number of goats. In trying to figure out the cause, I discovered how effectively silicon chelates heavy metals, specifically aluminum.
“Individuals with SPMS excreted high amounts of aluminium during the baseline period (135.2 nmol/mmol Crt (70.3–222.2, n = 180) and females excreted significantly more aluminium than males. Regular drinking of a silicon-rich mineral water increased the urinary excretion of aluminium significantly (349.0 nmol/mmol Crt (231.7–524.7, n = 180; three-way ANOVA, F1,13 = 59.17, p-value = 0.000003) relative to the baseline period. The majority of individuals, 14 out of 15, excreted more aluminium (μmol/24 h) following drinking of a silicon-rich mineral water (independent-test, p < 0.05). Silicon-rich mineral waters may be an effective and non-invasive therapy for the removal of aluminium from the body of individuals with SPMS.”
Urinary Excretion of Aluminum and Silicon in Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352396417304280
- OrganizerJune 13, 2023 at 5:14 pm
An interesting look at silicon’s role in agriculture. Some notable quotes from the article:
“Crops such as pumpkin, cucumber, wheat, and Kentucky bluegrass are susceptible to a disease called powdery mildew. Providing enhanced levels of silicon nutrition for these crops may suppress or delay the onset of the disease.”
Also this, in respect to how it might translate to animal health: “Studies have shown that the amount of insect attack on plant tissues may also be inversely related to silicon uptake.”
- OrganizerJuly 20, 2023 at 5:27 pm
SODIUM BENTONITE IN RUMINANT RATIONS
Daniel P. Colling
Presented to the Faculty of
The Graduate College in the University of Nebraska
In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements
For the Degree of Master of Science
Department of Animal Science
Under the Supervision of Dr. Robert A. Britton
How cool is this find?!?!
- OrganizerNovember 29, 2023 at 8:05 am
Forage silicon is different than the silicon we feed in the buffet but this gives further insights into silicon itself and some synergies between other minerals. https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/jrm/article/viewFile/9642/9254
- OrganizerNovember 29, 2023 at 8:07 am
Functionalized Nanoporous Silica for the Removal of Heavy Metals from Biological Systems: Adsorption and Application
Surface-functionalized nanoporous silica, often referred to as self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports (SAMMS), has previously demonstrated the ability to serve as very effective heavy metal sorbents in a range of aquatic and environmental systems, suggesting that they may be advantageously utilized for biomedical applications such as chelation therapy. Herein we evaluate surface chemistries for heavy metal capture from biological fluids, various facets of the materials’ biocompatibility, and the suitability of these materials as potential therapeutics. Of the materials tested, thiol-functionalized SAMMS proved most capable of removing selected heavy metals from biological solutions (i.e., blood, urine, etc.) Consequentially, thiol-functionalized SAMMS was further analyzed to assess the material’s performance under a number of different biologically relevant conditions (i.e., variable pH and ionic strength) to gauge any potentially negative effects resulting from interaction with the sorbent, such as cellular toxicity or the removal of essential minerals. Additionally, cellular uptake studies demonstrated no cell membrane permeation by the silica-based materials generally highlighting their ability to remain cellularly inert and thus nontoxic. The results show that organic ligand functionalized nanoporous silica could be a valuable material for a range of detoxification therapies and potentially other biomedical applications.
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