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In reference to hair growth I have noticed that my hair seems to grow faster compared to when I am not taking the bamboo, but I would really prefer to have it grow thicker then faster, but haven't found anything yet that really thickens hair.

There is actually a study that was done in 2009 concerning the absorption of silicon and many medical references state that silicon is one nutrient that is very hard for the body to absorb unless it is converted into orthosilicic acid which is much more absorbable in the body.

The study..." The comparative absorption of silicon from different foods and food supplements" ranked the following items in order as to how absorbable the silicon was to the body...Blood and urine were collected and measured for total Si concentrations by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. Absorption, based on urinary Si excretion was highest for: supplemental monomethyl silanetriol-MMST and alcohol-free beer (64 % of dose), followed by green beans (44 %), Orthosilicic acid Solution-OSA (43 %), choline-stabilised orthosilicic acid solution-ChOSA (17 %), bananas and magnesium trisilicate-MTBP (4 %) and Colloidal silica-CS (1 %)"

I use to take horsetail but after talking to to a herbalist and a naturopath doctor they both had the same consensus that horsetail had some potentials risk when using for long term that outweigh the benefit since the silica found in horsetail is not very absorbable compared to orthosilicic acid. Some of the reasons for concern about long term use of horsetail are beacuse of the following:

"Horsetail grass contains the enzyme thiaminase and the toxic alkaloid equisitine, both of which deplete thiamin from the body. Symptoms of thiamine deficiency include depression, lack of appetite, diarrhea, loss of muscle control, arrhythmias and tachycardia. Tinctures of horsetail pose even a greater risk as fresh plants are frequently used to make tinctures. Fresh horsetail contains higher level of toxic thiaminase and alkaloids. Thiaminase in particular is suspected in the poisoning of livestock ingesting horsetail grass. Although these poisonings are more likely due to toxic alkaloids, such as palustrine in horsetail grass, since ruminants can produce thiamine in the rumen. Thiaminase has also been shown to be toxic to the liver."

"The amount of nicotine in horsetail is small, but it does not take much nicotine to cause harm. Nicotine is one of the strongest central nervous system poisons known to man. Because nicotine is also a powerful constrictor of blood vessels much lower levels can still be especially dangerous for some individuals. People with poor circulation to begin with such as diabetics, people with heart disease/failure, people with hypothyroidism and people with Raynaud’s disease or Raynaud’s phenomena are all more prone to the dangerous blood vessel constricting effects of horsetail grass."
 

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Thanks Maxon,
That was some very good information. You have obviously done your homework on this subject.
 

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If Maxon's post deters anyone from biosil and horsetail. I can recommend NeoCell Super Collagen for hair, skin and nails. My hair grows very fast, nails are hard, and I am sleeping better. Some people say it helps with weight control.
 

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I took horsetail but then on another forum people were talking about Diatomaceous earth and my gosh has that changed things for me. My nails are harder/tougher and my hair grows like crazy! Love the stuff!!!
 

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OH MY god fawnie
I never told anyone here what i do for a living
but Nacetyl cysteine is also mucomyst
used for nephroprotection before Ct scan in a patient with elevated creatinine

and also used for tylenol toxicity
it is indeed a great saviour;)
 

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bump BUMP... I love Horsetail it is the business, That supp. grew my hair down my back and nice and thick too , add some evening primrose and the hair is thick like a "horsetail
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bump    BUMP... I love  Horsetail it is the business, That supp. grew my hair down my back and nice and thick too , add some evening primrose and the hair is thick like a "horsetail :D "
Agreed-:thumbsup: I take Horsetail Grass http://www.pureformulas.com/horsetail-grass-maxv-300mg-60-vegcaps-by-douglas-laboratories.html#sthash.WnyEYbjK.dpbs You can also look into Silica or Silica Complex http://www.pureformulas.com/silica-complex-500-mg-8-extract-90-tablets-by-now.html#sthash.ERG1IdAk.dpbs
 

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Yes I've done silica as well , but since I've gone natural. My hair is super thick and I've eased off on the silica and horsetail. I used to perm a yr ago and silica/ horsetail/ primrose/ hair skin nails.. Were part of my supps. I like to give them a break , then start again, they work better for me that way
 

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I have brittle hair and weak nails and have been taking Silica supplements in the form of tablet from Blackmores . My condition has improved since . But silica supplement is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding .
 

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I used to take Horsetail supplements for silica, but after further
research I found out the Bamboo Extract supplements were a
much better source of silica. Supposedly bamboo extract
contains more silica then horsetail does....bamboo is
suppose to contain more then 70% silica by weight while
horsetail contains about 5% to 7% silica by weight.

They also say that its the reason panda bears have such thick
hair because they eat so much bamboo. If you do a google
search on bamboo vs. horsetail there is some good information
showing that bamboo extract is a much better source of silica.
I know this thread is old But I want to Thank you for this information...
 
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