About Silical System
Created by the Institute for Better Bone Health and formulated by orthopedic researchers and surgeons, the Silical System is line of nutritional supplements that are claimed to contain organic silicon and eight other key ingredients, which, when combined can:
- Enhance bone and collagen production.
- Improve bone flexibility and strength.
- Help you experience “a lifetime of better bone health.”
How Does the Silical System Claim to Work?
Before digging in: We have to admit that, while the home page might come off a tad “infomercial-ish,” Silical’s FAQ is chock full of as much—if not more—information as any prescription medication we’ve reviewed, even though it’s an OTC supplement. Because of this there’s a lot to digest, so we’ll try to make it as short and sweet as possible:
Billed as a long term maintenance tool for low-density bones, the Silical System is a bone health supplement that contains organic silicon and a proprietary blend of calcium and seven other key ingredients to help improve collagen production, strengthen bones, provide increased flexibility, and to engender a lifetime of better bone health.
With this said, the Silical System is comprised of two different supplements, Silical 1 and Silical 2:
- Silical 1’s ingredients are tailored toward providing bone hardness (also called bone mineralization), while
- Siical 2’s nutrients are claimed to “strengthen and toughen the fabric of the bone,” e.g. collagen.
Instead of just combining all the ingredients into one capsule, Silical’s manufacturer claims that each pill should be taken 2 hours apart in order to avoid competition for intestinal absorption, which ultimately increases the amount of each ingredient that makes its way to your bones.
If your bones need a boost, such as following surgery or while recovering from an injury, the company also manufactures a supplement called Silical Boost, which can act as a short-term support to improve your results. After finishing Silical Boost, you can then return to your normal regimen of Silical 1 and 2.
What Ingredients Does the Silical System Contain?
Silical 1 contains the following ingredients:
- Calcium 500mg
- Vitamin D3 1,000 IU
- Magnesium 100mg
Silical 2 contains the following ingredients:
- Vitamin C 60mg
- Vitamin K2 100mcg
- Inositol 500mg
- L-Arginine 300mg
- Silicon 30mg
- Boron 2.5mg
Silical System supplements are claimed to contain no yeast, wheat, gluten, soy protein, milk/dairy, corn, sugar, starch, preservatives, or flavoring. They can be taken with meals or on an empty stomach, and the manufacturer claims that you should begin noticing improved skin, hair, and nails in 4-6 weeks, which is a sure sign it’s working.
The Silical System is claimed to work for individuals of all ages, and is intended to “support long-term bone health” (in other words, it can be taken for long periods of time), and is “safe for anyone who can eat normal healthy foods.”
Silical System Pricing & Refund Policy
If you place your order through the Silical System’s landing page, you’ll be presented with 2 purchasing options:
- 30-day trial for $29.95 plus S&H, for which you’ll receive a 3-month supply of Silical 1 and 2. After 30 days, you’ll be billed $79.95, and again at 60 days, bringing your total to $189.95.
- 3-month system for $139.95 (save $50 by paying in full).
Whichever option you choose, your order will also include Dr. Price’s book Can You Feel It in Your Bones?, a bone health white paper, as well as a DVD containing instructions on eating healthy, living a healthy lifestyle, as well as a complete workout program.
Note: You can also order the Silical System through the Institute for Better Bone Health’s main website for less money by signing up for their monthly membership (e.g. autoship) program.
All first time Silical System orders come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. On the other hand, autoship orders can be cancelled prior to shipping, but once they ship there no refunds are available.
In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 888-562-8971.
Can the Silical System Help Improve Your Bone Health?
Considering the fact that these supplements are formulated by six board-certified physicians, all of whom appear to have positive online reputations with their patients, you might be convinced that the Silical System is worth the money. And it just might be, but consider the following:
Is the Silical System a Breakthrough Supplement?
Although one of the product’s YouTube videos claims that the Silical System is a breakthrough supplement, the reality may not be so lofty. In fact, according to this same video, “All ingredients are found in regular healthy foods that most people often don’t eat enough of,” and that, “Amounts are selected to make up for common deficiencies, and not to provide megadoses.”
In reality, this means that the nutrition provided in the Silical System could easily be made up by slightly changing your diet. To this end, the video provides a list of foods that contain these same ingredients, including Vitamin D fortified milk, salmon, prunes, orange juice, oatmeal with raisins, and more.
Granted, the Silical System makes getting these nutrients much easier, which might make it worth the money. But do you even need a bone health supplement in the first place?
Do You Need a Bone Health Supplement Like the Silical System?
According to an article on WebMD titled Boning Up On Calcium, the answer to this question is: "On the whole, there's just not a lot of good data on other supplements for bone health," but, “So far, the evidence isn't persuasive. While other minerals play a role in absorbing calcium, like magnesium and phosphorus, deficiencies are quite rare. So you probably don't need to worry about them.” Then, the article concludes with, "I usually just recommend that people stick to getting adequate calcium and vitamin D and eating a good, healthy diet."
Talking with Your Physician
Just because most people aren’t deficient in the ingredients found in many bone supplements such as the Silical System, it doesn’t necessarily mean that some people won’t experience benefits from using it.
However, whether you get it from food or supplements, remember that calcium absorption can be affected by a variety of things, including if it’s taken with meals, as well as other medications you may be taking.
In addition, remember you’ll be upping your calcium intake by 500mg per day, and if you’re 51 years of age or older, the National Institutes of Health recommends no more than 2,000mg per day. Otherwise, you could be increasing your risk of heart attack or kidney stones.
While it’s refreshing to see a nutritional supplement manufacturer provide so much detail about its product and its founders (who are medical professionals), we’d still be concerned about whether or not the Silical System’s high price is in line with any benefits you can realistically expect to achieve. As always though, be sure to speak with your physician before trying the Silical System or any other nutritional supplement.
2 out 4 people found this review helpful
Bioavailability and effects
I stopped buying Orgono Living silica for price reasons but I have to come back again because this product doesn't relieve the pain and stiffness. I bought the full kit and experiences no effects. Now while reading some sources I understand why Methylsilane is the best, 70% of bioavailability, and scientific studies. I'm really disappointed with this brand I don't believe their fake reviews.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend