Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Author - Wagner
When it comes to bone health, most of us understand the importance of Calcium. Read on to learn why Silica is important too.
Many people know about the importance of Calcium for bone health. But healthy bones need many other nutrients (e.g. Vitamin D and Magnesium) in addition to Calcium.
Another critical bone health nutrient is Silica, which is actually more prevalent than Calcium in bone. This is because Silica makes up a large part of the collagen matrix. Collagen is a protein that comprises 80% of our total bone mass.
Silica is also important for healthy hair and nails. A Silica deficiency can result in dry, brittle hair and soft, peeling nails. These outward signs show how important Silica is as a ‘building block’ for structures within the body.
Some of the functions of Silica include:
Horsetail is a bushy plant that is an ideal source of Silica. It provides organic (or plant-derived Silica), which the body absorbs much more efficiently than inorganic silica. Horsetail has been used since Roman times, and is generally considered safe to take long-term, with few reported side effects.