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Build Stronger Bones, Nails & Hair

Build Stronger Bones, Nails & Hair

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
Muscle cramps
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

Adapted from my book The Phytozyme Cure.  Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and the upcoming book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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5:56AM PST on Dec 15, 2013

A huge boost of Biotin, green juice and chlorella helped a lot.

1:28AM PST on Nov 18, 2013

thank you i eat some of them but i gotta eat more of them !!

11:31PM PST on Nov 17, 2013


9:43AM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Love all those foods, so good news on my end. Thanks.

9:35AM PST on Nov 10, 2013


3:56PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Thank you for the info !

4:39AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Yeah I completely agree! It is really important to maintain the body and make it beautiful as far as you can do. Stronger the bones, more strong will be you. And If talking about hairs, it plays an important part in personality. So make it nourishing and healthy to look perfect.

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4:51AM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

Thanks Michelle for sharing this information.
So far so good for me :)

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