The FNB set no dietary reference intakes (DRI) for silicon.51 On the basis of weak balance data, a recommended silicon intake of 30-35 mg/day was suggested for athletes; this was 5-10 mg higher than for non-athletes.198 Based on extrapolations from animal data, Seaborn and Nielsen199 speculated that a recommended intake may be between 5 and 10 mg/day. Others have suggested that a daily minimum requirement may be near 10-25 mg based on the amount excreted in urine in 24 hours.188,200
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