Ever heard of “Horsetail”? If you are into exotic plants and herbs, you likely have heard the name.
The use of horsetail dates back to ancient times. The Greeks and Romans have used it for its impressive benefits.
Horsetail is a plant and with no flowers and leaves. The stems of this plant branch out like feathery tail that looks like a horse’s tail, hence the name. These stems contain the active ingredients which have valuable medicinal values.
What is unique about Horsetail?
Horsetail is the most abundant source of the mineral silica. Although oats, barley, wheat do have silica, they are lost during the processing. Also, the amounts of silica is lower in comparison to horsetail. Horsetail is also abundant in antioxidants, and minerals like iron, and calcium.
Horsetail is well known for building bones and diuretic properties.
Here are the top benefits of Horsetail:
Bone building: Horsetail is rich in silica, which is a key bone-building mineral. Due to this fact it helps lower the risk of osteoporosis. In a study on women, researchers observed that horsetail showed improved bone density. They found improved bone density was like that of the group that received calcium supplements. Horsetail is an excellent way to prevent bone loss and lower the risk of osteoporosis.
Natural diuretic: Horsetail helps rid the body of excess fluid via increased urine output. According to a 2014 study horsetail may be just as effective as a diuretic medication. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that it may help treat kidney stones. Horsetail’s diuretic effect is also helpful in treating urinary tract infections.
Enhances brain function: Horsetail has traces of nicotine which is a brain stimulant. Also, silica helps support the connective tissues and nerves which improves memory. Preliminary research showed that horsetail does enhance cognitive function. So, if you want to improve your focus, include horsetail into your menu at least once a week.
Lowers inflammation: Inflammation is the cause of many diseases. Research reveals that horsetail has plenty of antioxidants that fight inflammation. Also, the nutrients in horsetail promote improved blood flow and helps in wound healing.
Hair care: Abundant levels of silica in horsetail promotes collagen formation. Collagen is a crucial factor in preventing signs of aging in the skin and hair. Horsetail is an inexpensive alternative to skin and hair care products.
Where can you buy horsetail?
Horsetail is available online in the form of dietary supplement and herb mix. You can also buy it at a natural health food store. Be sure to choose organic horsetail to avoid pesticides and certain additives.
Who should avoid it?
- People with vitamin B deficiency should avoid horsetail as it can deplete B-vitamin levels.
- Horsetail contains traces of nicotine, so it is not for young children.
- Patients with diabetes, kidney disorders, or gout should not take it.
- People who have low levels of potassium should avoid it.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take horsetail.
Horsetail is safe when taken short term and in moderation. If you take other supplements or medication, consult with your doctor before taking horsetail.