Silica, bamboo extract and hair growth

– Silica is a combination of silicon and oxygen, the two most abundant elements on our planet.
– It is commonly found in grass and this explains why herbivores have more silica content than meat-eating animals.
– It is also found in foods like onions, leafy greens, unrefined cereals, apples, cherries, almonds, oranges, fish, oats, seeds and whole grains.
– Silica can help to reduce shedding and can also be used for lack-lustre hair.
– Silica’s role for hair health appears to be two-fold.
Firstly, silica helps to achieve hormonal balance. An imbalance in the female sex hormones is one of the biggest single causal factors for hair loss and the thinning of hair in women. An adequate level of silica can help to prevent hair thinning, restore vitality to hair and may even address hair loss in both men and women with hormonal causes of hair loss.
Secondly, silica bonds with many minerals in the body. It plays a role in taking many nutrients to the peripheral organs of the body including the hair, skin and nails, thus ensuring that the hair follicles are supplied with all the vital minerals necessary for hair growth and vitality.
Unfortunately, most of the silica-rich foods that are consumed provide silica in a form that is not readily absorbed. This can explain possible deficiencies. Therefore, supplements are the best source of correcting silica deficiencies and these are generally derived from the herb, Equisetum arvense, commonly referred to as Springtime Horsetail, or Bambuosa vulgaris, often referred to as Bamboo.

Most silica supplements supply this important mineral by using Horsetail extracts which unfortunately only supply between 5% and 8% of organic silica depending upon the brand.
Bamboo extract, however, is the richest source of silica, containing 70% of organic silica, which is roughly ten times more potent than many other supplements.

Some products I found which contained bamboo extract were:

Silicon is LIKELY SAFE in food amounts. 40 mg or less a day is believed to be safe. (Source: WebMD)

Kidney stones can occur, though rarely, in people taking silicon-containing antacids for long periods of time.

    1. Swanson Superior Herbs Bamboo Extract — 2 Bottles 300mg each of 60 Capsules
    2. Toji Pure Density Hair Nutrition supplements
    3. Bamboo leaf tea (available in our store)


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