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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 that 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.
Traditional Uses of Horsetail Herb
Horsetail herb has been traditionally used to support joint health and provide relief from arthritis-related symptoms such as pain and inflammation. This may be due to its high silica content, which is important in maintaining the strength and flexibility of cartilage, as well as its anti-inflammatory properties.
Cartilage is a smooth, rubbery tissue that protects the joints and allows for smooth movement of the bones. In arthritis, the cartilage can become damaged or worn down, leading to pain, stiffness, and decreased mobility.
Silica, found in high amounts in horsetail herb, has been shown to support cartilage health by helping to produce collagen, which is the main component of cartilage. Collagen strengthens and supports the structure of cartilage, while promoting its elasticity and allowing for smooth movement of joints.
In addition, horsetail herb is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce inflammation and alleviate some of the pain associated with conditions like arthritis.
Horsetail Herb 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 body’s calcium absorption and use. The implications of this for anyone with a musculoskeletal disease are obvious and make horsetail a potent weapon in the fight against structural diseases.
Horsetail herb has been traditionally used as a natural remedy to promote bone health. This is because it is one of the richest plant sources of silica, a mineral that is important for the growth and maintenance of bones, cartilage, and other connective tissues.
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 make up the extracellular matrix. That’s 25% of the body’s dry weight, not including bone!
Silica deficiency almost always precedes calcium loss and can result in the demineralization of bone. Eating healthily and including supercharged 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 provides 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 its ability to top up your dietary silica levels.
Silica and Collagen
Silica helps the body produce collagen, a protein that provides the structural framework for bones. Collagen makes bones flexible, while minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus provide hardness, making bones strong.
Studies have suggested that silica supplements may help improve bone mineral density and reduce the risk of fractures. Although more research is needed to confirm these effects, it is thought that silica may increase the production of osteoblasts (bone-building cells) and reduce the activity of osteoclasts (cells that break down bone tissue).
Therefore, including horsetail herb in the diet or through supplements as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle may help support bone health. However, as with any supplement, it’s important to talk to a healthcare provider before taking horsetail herb to ensure it is safe and suitable for your individual needs.
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 from 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 Herb Contain?
Horsetail is a type of fern and it tastes like one. You certainly get that in the flavor when you drink horsetail powder. The taste is a kind of earthy aniseed. At first, I hated it, but once I realized how important it is to my bones, and connective tissue, I grew to appreciate it.
Horsetail contains many bioavailable mineral salts which the plant naturally absorbs from the soil it grows in.
Some of these are:
All of 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, and 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 that 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 utilize and deposit calcium properly.
More Benefits of Horsetail Herb
Rich in silica, which is important for bone health and may also promote healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation and pain.
May have diuretic effects that can help flush out excess fluids from the body, which could be helpful for people with edema or high blood pressure.
May have antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help protect against infections.
Can be used as a natural remedy for urinary tract infections.
May help promote wound healing and tissue repair.
Can be used as a natural remedy for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.
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 aging 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 this 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 a 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 Aluminum with Horsetail Herb Powder
Here’s some great news for anyone who’s interested in detoxing from heavy metals.
Silica binds to aluminum!
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 aluminum cooking pots. These toxic everyday items carry huge risks of increasing our aluminum load through innocent day-to-day use.
Avoiding the accumulation of highly toxic metals is essential!
Unfortunately, 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 cellular function and signaling.
Taking horsetail herb will help your body detox some of the aluminum 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 aluminum drastically reduces your chances of getting Alzheimer’s and many other chronic diseases.
Other Diseases Treated With Horsetail Herb
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
- Bleeding gums
- Strengthening brittle fingernails
- Joint diseases
- 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 Herb should I buy?
Always buy organic horsetail herb as it is the cleanest possible form, and it’s also kinder to the environment.
Studies have shown that horsetail herb 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 a 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 using it more intensely when you feel symptoms approaching.
An example might be when you’ve been traveling, 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 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 favorite 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.