Reported antiatherosclerotic activity of silicon may reflect increased endothelial synthesis of heparan sulfate proteoglycans.


Silicon plays a physiologically essential but mechanistically obscure role in promoting the synthesis of mucopolysaccharides and collagen. In light of reports that increased silicon ingestion impedes cholesterol-induced atherogenesis in rabbits and may be associated epidemiologically with reduced cardiovascular risk, it is reasonable to speculate that… (More)


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