Here we look at the claims for this widely promoted supplement
Branded dietary supplement
Evidence of harm
No or limited evidence that it is effective
The makers claim
Silencil is a “brain-cell repairing nutrient to shut down tinnitus and recover hearing”.
What is the treatment?
Silencil is a capsule which you take once a day.
The supplement claims to be a combination of 28 ingredients, but only the following have been listed:
Ashwagandha; Mucuna pruriens; Oat straw; Vitamin B1 (thiamine); Vitamin B2 (riboflavin); Vitamin B6; Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA); Rhodiola; L-Theanine; Skullcap; Hawthorn; Chamomile; Potassium. We have been unable to find out what the others are.
What are the downsides of this treatment?
Potential side effects from constituents[3-8].
Cost – this supplement currently is on sale for $69 for one month’s supply excluding shipping and taxes.
Has there been research into this treatment?
There have been no papers published on Silencil as a supplement, but there have been a number published on its component parts.
What does the research say?
There is no evidence that any of the known components of this supplement are effective for treating tinnitus[5,8-17]. Although some of the components are thought of as safe, some may be harmful, in particular ashwagandha, Mucuna pruriens, Vitamin B6 (if taken for prolonged periods), L-theanine in large doses, skullcap (if Galerina autumnalis is the plant being referred to), potassium (if taken in large doses).
Although independent evidence is limited, what there is does not show that the components of this supplement are effective for tinnitus and that there may be risks involved in taking this supplement.
We would suggest you talk to your GP before taking any new medication or supplement. Dietary supplements should not be recommended to treat tinnitus.
Note that the retailer’s website states “Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”
There appears to be a lot of similarity between the marketing of this product and other products such as Sonus Complete and Tinnitus 911 – please see the relevant treatment pages for details.
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