Silica is a combination of silicon and oxygen, the two most abundant elements on our planet. It is within the grass that herbivores eat whilst meat-eating animals have much less of it within their bodies. Silica is found in many vegetables including leafy greens and onions as well as whole grains.
One of the great advantages of Silica can be seen in our skin, with the pass of time our skin begins to get older and if we don’t spend time taking good care of it, it will obviously make us look prematurely aged. One of the biggest components of collagen is actually silica. Since collagen is the connective tissue that makes up most of our skin, it is not difficult to realize the importance of adequate silica levels within our bodies. Having sufficient and well-toned collagen will make our skin look soft and young which in turn helps with suppleness and an increased capability of being moisturized.
Your nails are one of the hallmarks of beauty in modern culture. If you are not happy with the state of your nails, whether they are brittle, have spots on them, ridges or simply are not happy with the way they look, then silica supplementation may be beneficial. Silica takes all the nutrients to the nails helping not only to impart strength but also feeds the nail bed with all the vital nutrients for encouraging healthy and strong nails.
Aside from its role in hair, skin, and nails, silica’s much wider role throughout the body means that we really have to ensure that we do not have a deficiency in this important mineral. Silica is found in numerous vegetables and fruits and very little research has been carried out as to the possible deficiencies that exist in the general population though it is generally accepted that with silica’s wide role of activity, deficiencies are more than likely.
While silica is an important trace element and is necessary for healthy tissue, we typically don’t get sufficient amounts of it in our diets. You can get silica from asparagus, cabbage, cucumbers, dandelion greens mustard greens, olives, radishes, white onions, corn, bell peppers, soybeans, alfalfa, rice, oats, millet and flax seeds. But even if you eat these foods regularly, you still may not be getting enough silica in your diet to maintain strong nails. One side benefit of taking silica supplements or drinking horsetail herb tea is that your hair will also become healthier and more lustrous. Though this takes time, the difference is visible and undeniable. Skin, which is made of collagen (which is mostly silica) will also likely wind up looking better. So if you’ve endured bad nails for a long time, the end is near. Start using natural silica from horsetail herb, and grow the strong, healthy nails you have always wanted.