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Horsetail strengthens bone and connective tissue

horsetail for treating arthritis

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If you’re looking to re-mineralize bones, support connective tissues, build healthy skin, improve the condition of your nails, and thicken your hair, this proven herbal arthritis supplement could be just what you’re looking for.

Horsetail is an aniseed tasting herb which has been used to promote bone health for thousands of years. But now modern day science has validated the horsetail myth by proving that horsetail is useful in strengthening connective tissue.

Horsetail and Bone

Horsetail is a re-mineralizer of bone and connective tissues. Just think about that for a moment before you go skimming down the page!


Taking this natural source of silica and mineral salts can increase your bodies calcium absorption and use.

Taking this natural source of silica and mineral salts can increase your bodies calcium absorption and use. The implications of this for anyone with a musculoskeletal disease are obvious and make horsetail a potent weapon in fight against structural diseases.

Horsetail Contains Silica

Silica is fundamentally important in building and maintaining healthy connective tissues, cartilage, muscle, skin, tendons, sheathing, and bone. In fact all of the components that make up the extra cellular matrix. That’s 25% of the bodies dry weight, not including bone!

Silica deficiency almost always precedes calcium loss and can result in demineralization of bone. Eating healthily and including super charged supplements like Horsetail in your diet will go some way to preventing calcium loss.

Calcium is lost through many actions in the body, one important factor in retaining calcium is keeping your acidity levels low.
Horsetail is very alkaline which helps reduce acidity in the body and provide some of the vital components needed to build a robust internal structure.
Taking this herb will almost certainly help to ward off some forms of calcium loss through it’s ability to top up your dietary silica levels.

horsetail provides silica for fighting arthritis

A word on calcium supplementation

Calcium supplementation is getting a lot of bad press, and from my research this seems to be deserved.

Unfortunately, calcium supplements usually contain low quality inorganic calcium (ground up rock) which isn’t bio available or well used by the body.
It has even been said that taking inorganic calcium in your diet is dangerous, and can lead to calcium deposits inside joints and connective tissue. This bad form of calcium has even been implicated in the build up of arterial plaque in the heart!

Calcium deposits in muscles, tendons, and the extremities are a well established medical fact. It has long been known that our bodies will shunt this difficult to expel substance just about anywhere in the body.
These unhelpful substances are shunted out to the extremities to prevent them damaging our internal organs. When this storage process occurs over extended periods of time it can lead to painful symptoms and ultimately to disease.

Horsetail contains natural bio available calcium which is perfect for the body to use for rebuilding and repair of our connective tissues.

What else does horsetail contain?

Horsetail is a type of fern and it tastes like one. You certainly get that in the flavour when you drink horsetail powder. The taste is a kind of earthy aniseed. At first I hated it, but once I realised how important it is to my bones, and connective tissue, I grew to appreciate it.

Horsetail contains many bio available mineral salts which the plant naturally absorbs from the soil it grows in.

Some of these are:

  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Sulphur
  • Calcium

All of the these are important nutrients in the fight against disease, and really important for anyone with a joint condition or musculoskeletal disease.

Calcium, magnesium, and potassium are vital nutrients in the fight against arthritis, especially when we mix them with a healthy dose of vitamin D3.
Great things start to happen to the bone building processes when we get our vitamin and mineral combinations right. The synergies found here can set a whole range of internal machinery working in harmony.

If you haven’t read about the calcium, magnesium, vitamin D cycle you may want to check that out in the search engine of your choice.
Put simply these three nutrients help regulate a whole host of processes which control everything from bone formation to thyroid health.
These combinations are vital for life and healthy cellular function, along with Vitamin K, which helps with the body utilise and deposit calcium properly.

Horsetail and skin care

Inflammation ages the skin and makes us look old before our time. Taking horsetail can help us fight the signs of ageing and help us to stay young looking.
It is obvious to me that these things are important to the ladies out there, but we all want thicker hair, younger looking skin and better nails. Right? We should do because these areas are the external manifestation of what’s going on inside the body. If these are not right looking good then we have more work to do on the inside.

One study investigating the effects of silica supplementation on 50 women found statistically significant benefits. The study examined the effects of oral or topical doses of silica and found that silica supplementation was beneficial in treating age related skin deterioration.

To measure increases in the thickness of the patients skin Ultrasound was used, The results did indeed show that the patients skin had improved in thickness and other markers associated with healthier skin. The women also showed a decrease in wrinkles and an increase in skin strength.

This study goes some way to proving that silica can make the very fabric of the body stronger and more robust!

As I said a moment ago. If you see dramatic changes on the outside of the body there is every chance you will see the same benefits on the internal structure of the body.
Reading our bodies from the outside is an important part of our health care! Take notice of the way your body is changing and don’t just put everything down to RA or old age.
If you see decline in your general condition take notice! Do your research and go after some health improvements, or better yet get on a whole foods diet and get tested for nutritional deficiencies and allergies.

Detox aluminium with horsetail powder

Here’s some great news for anyone who’s interested in detoxing from heavy metals.

Silica binds to aluminium!

By the way you should all be interested in detoxing from heavy metals. If you’re not then I suggest you make this area of research a priority.

Our bodies can become burdened with heavy metals from our use of things like deodorant sprays and aluminium cooking pots. These toxic every day items carry huge risks of increasing our aluminium load through innocent day to day use.
Avoiding accumulation of highly toxic metals is essential!
Unforutnately, it is almost impossible to avoid some exposure to these and other toxins, so we need to have a proactive approach to reducing metal toxicity down to levels that don’t negatively impact on cellular function and signalling.

Taking horsetail herb will help your body detox some of the aluminium the body unintentionally collects. This in turn will help your body find its natural balance.

This is very important work because getting rid of toxic invaders like aluminium drastically reduces your chances of getting Alzheimer’s and many other chronic diseases.

horsetail provides silica for fighting arthritis and joint disease

Other Diseases Treated With Horsetail

Silica is vital for life. Looking at the list below gives us a great indication of just how reliant the body is on silica. Overlook this important element and you may regret it later on.

Horsetail has been used to treat the following list of ailments:

  • Hair loss
  • Tuberculosis
  • Jaundice
  • Hepatitis
  • Bleeding gums
  • Strengthening brittle fingernails
  • Joint diseases
  • Cystitis,
  • Urethritis
  • Prostatitis.
  • Gout
  • Osteoporosis
  • Frostbite
  • Weight loss
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • kidney and bladder complaints
  • Incontinence and bed-wetting
  • Uncontrolled bleeding in the nose,lungs, or stomach.
  • Applied topically for burns and wound healing

Which horsetail should I buy?

Always buy organic horsetail as it is the cleanest possible form, it’s also kinder to the environment.

Studies have shown that horsetail can “pull” toxic compounds from the soil as it grows and hold them in its structure. All plants have this capacity, but horsetail is really good at pulling some nasty pollutants out of contaminated soils.
Don’t let this put you off!

Horsetail is very inexpensive to buy in powder form, so please just spend the little extra to get a good reputable organic horsetail that you can put your faith in.
Buying organic horsetail from a reputable source will help you avoid any such problems.

How Do I take my horsetail herb

I like to take my horsetail in two ways.

Usually, I’ll cycle horsetail with combinations of other herbs rather than endlessly taking it day after day.
However, If I was new to horsetail I’d use it daily until I started to see improvement.
If I was going to start the process from day one I’d take horsetail three times a day over the course of a week, and then begin to taper off to a maintenance dose after about a month.
If I’ve been without horsetail for a period of time I’ll use it this way and ramp my levels up or down as appropriate.

Cycle horsetail along with other health building herbs and always keep it at the top of your arthritis herbs list.
This might mean taking horsetail every other day, or identifying a period when you know you’re low, or use it more intensely when you feel symptoms approaching.
An example might be when you’ve been travelling, or when you’re under some kind of stress that has limited your ability to eat a normal healthy diet.

Often I’ll use horsetail on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. The powder is easily dissolved in water and is very alkaline, making it a perfect morning tonic to flush out all those toxins with it’s diuretic (pee inducing) effect.

According to the literature the safe standard dose is thought to be around 12 grams per day. This dosage seems broadly in line with the amounts administered in the studies I’ve read.
Mostly the study amounts vary between 6 and 10 grams a day, with no serious reactions being reported.


Buy your organic horsetail from a reputable source and you’ll have an amazing bone building, nutrient rich, supplement at your disposal.

The powder is easy to take in water (if you can stand the taste) or in capsule form. You could easily buy empty gel caps and fill your own horsetail gel caps with powder.

Add horsetail to your supplement regime and you will receive multiple benefits to your bone health and overall wellness. You might even see an improvement in your skin, nails and hair if you use it in the longer term!

All that makes horsetail a nailed on arthritis favourite of mine.

Side effects and interactions

Lithium interacts with HORSETAIL.

Some horsetail may contain the enzyme thiaminase which breaks down thiamin and may cause thiamine deficiency.

Always consult your doctor before taking any supplement.

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4 thoughts on “Horsetail strengthens bone and connective tissue

  1. john fellows says:

    love horsetail, really strengthens my hair and skin! awesome article.

  2. Darin says:

    Very helpful post! Going to order some of this and see what results I get. Thank you for the informative article. Best. 🙂

  3. Buffy Coines says:

    Many thanks, this website is really helpful

  4. buba says:

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