One mineral is essential to bone-building, immune system strengthening, calcium absorption and building strong nails, hair, and teeth, yet most people never give it a second thought. It is silica. Silica supports the body’s production of an enzyme called prolyhydroxylase that is involved in the formation of collagen in bones, cartilage, and connective tissue.
Found in almonds, apples, beets, celery, flaxseeds (ground), whole grains, grapes, kelp, oats, onions, parsnips, strawberries, and sunflower seeds, silica is still deficient in many people’s diets.
Here are some of the most common signs of a silica deficiency:
Excessive wrinkling of the skin
Poor bone development
Soft or brittle nails
Thinning or loss of hair
Of course, these symptoms can be a sign of another health issue so it is important to see your doctor. But it’s also important to be sure that you are eating enough foods rich in silica. It usually takes about two months after eating a diet rich in silica to notice a difference.
In addition to eating more of the foods mentioned above, another good source of silica is the herb horsetail. No, this plant has nothing to do with actual horses, it is simply the name of an herb that grows in sandy soil in damp areas. It does the same for the plants near where it grows as it does for humans who use horsetail: it provides important nutrients, especially silica.
Horsetail is available in most health food stores in capsule, dried herb, tea bags, and alcohol extract (tincture). For capsules and tincture, follow package instructions. For dried herb use one teaspoon of dried herb per cup of boiled water. Pour the water over the herb and let steep for about 10 minutes then drink three cups daily. To learn more about identifying horsetail in the wild and using this herb, check out my site HealthySurvivalist.com.