"Horsetail contains silicon, potassium, aluminum, manganese, saponins, phytosterols, phenolic acids, cafeeic acids, alkaloids, and tannins. Fifteen types of bioflavonoids are also present. These bioflavonoids are believed to be responsible for horsetail's strong diuretic action. The high silicon content of the herb strengthens connective tissue, ligaments, bones, hair, and fingernails."
"Horsetail (Equisetum arvense), an herbal remedy dating back to at least ancient Roman and Greek medicine, was used traditionally to stop bleeding, heal ulcers and wounds, and treat tuberculosis and kidney problems. The name Equisetum is derived from the Latin roots equus, meaning "horse," and seta, meaning "bristle."
Today, horsetail continues to have medicinal value. The plant's stems are rich in silica and silicic acids, which help mend broken bones and form collagen, an important protein found in connective tissue, skin, bone, cartilage, and ligaments. Therefore, horsetail is used as a supplement to treat and prevent osteoporosis."
Also called shavegrass.
I really don't like horsetail grass (shavegrass). One of the alkaloids in horsetail is nicotine, which causes constriction of the blood vessels. This makes it dangerous in high doses or for people with poor circulation to begin with. These include diabetics, those with Raynaud's disease or phenomena, people with congestive heart failure, and those taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Theoretically, bamboo may interact with herbs and supplements for thyroid disorder. Bamboo has been found to have anti-thyroidal activity. ...
What you are referring to are bamboo shoots, not bamboo shavings (zhu ru) that is used for silica. The shoots contain cyanogenic glycosides that suppress the thyroid if ingested over a long period of time.
Hv favours the bamboo from memory for silica supplementation and I've taken his advice and love it :-)
Yes, bamboo is 7 times higher in silica than horsetail grass and it dilates the blood vessels rather than constricts them as horsetail does. The Chinese name is zhu ru. This is important because different parts of bamboo are used differently.
Is there a better way to get silica other than the D.E.?
Not really. The really nice thing about using DE is that it can be added to water and left there. Herbal sources if put in water will mold over time. So I like the DE since it forms the orthosilicic acid in the water and sits there waiting for you to drink it. And the additional advantage comes from the higher daily levels being absorbed. To understand this lets say a capsule of silica contains 500mg. And let's say that the body only absorbs 1mg each time you take a capsule. If taking capsules 3 times daily as most capsules are supposed to be used this would a total of 3mg being absorbed daily. That is based on people actually complying and taking 3 times daily like they should. Now if you absorb 1mg per glass of water with DE dissolved in it and you drink an average of 8 to 14 glasses of water throughout the day we can see you end up with a lot more silica in your system at the end of each day.
I take D.E. for ALL it's wonderful benefits, but apparently the silica is not absorbed until the D.E. sits in the water is that correct?
If you were to down a spoon full or even a capsule of silica some will still convert to orthosilicic acid. But as I show above you will not absorb much as the conversion to orthosilicic acid, and thus absorption, is poor. So adding to your drinking water will still provide the best overall absorption.
Just chugging down the D.E. has lots of benefits but getting a big dose of silica would not be one of them if it's taken this way, is that correct?
You will get some benefit, but not the maxiumum unless you are doing this throughout the day, which is not practical.
Ok, so you're saying we should keep a big jug of water with D.E. in the bottom and drink from it during the day.
Correct. Correct. Each time you add a little more water you will dissolve a little more silica on the bottom. It really does not matter as excess silica will just settle to the bottom and get dissolved little by little. I add a spoon full of silica to my gallon jug. This should last at least 2 years, but I normally dump it out and add fresh silica ever 6 months.
Do we just keep refilling the jug with more water and not add any more D.E.?
How much water per D.E. or does it matter? What would be the minimum D.E. used per how much water?
Correct. Each time you add a little more water you will dissolve a little more silica on the bottom.
It really does not matter as excess silica will just settle to the bottom and get dissolved little by little. I add a spoon full of silica to my gallon jug. This should last at least 2 years, but I normally dump it out and add fresh silica ever 6 months.