Silica can be found naturally in small amounts in many everyday foods such as fruits, vegetables and wholegrains. Silica aides the absorption of minerals within the body and enhances the function of boron, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Silica optimizes the balance of calcium and magnesium within the body, which is essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth. Silica within the body is at an optimum level in children which results in them having soft, radiant skin, shiny, supple hair and strong, fast growing nails. As we age our bodies have a natural decline in silica levels, so to keep the levels high enough to produce the benefits of youthful looking skin, hair and nails we may need to boost these levels by supplementing our intake with natural sources of high quality silica. The most abundant natural source of silica is bamboo, which may be added to one’s diet as bamboo leaf tea or as a bamboo extract supplement. Bamboo leaf has around ten times more bio-available silica content than the next best source which is horsetail, which can also be taken as a tea or as a supplement. Whilst the benefits of horsetail have long been well known in the natural beauty and hair care community, the benefits of bamboo may be less well known, even though it has a higher silica yield and therefore a higher potential for amazing results. Bamboo leaf tea is sometimes confused with bamboo tea which is not the same thing at all and does not have the same nutrient content and corresponding benefits. Bamboo leaf tea, as the name suggests, is made from bamboo leaves that are harvested, washed and processed accordingly before being packaged and ready for brewing. Bamboo tea on the other hand is made from standard tea leaves, from the tea plant Camellia Sinensis, that have been processed and cured in bamboo culms, resulting in a green tea with a completely different nutrient composition.
Bamboo also contains valuable amounts soluble fiber and is rich in antioxidants including, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B7 (biotin), vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin B12 & vitamin C.
If you are suffering with hair loss, thinning hair, or hair that is in generally poor condition, bamboo leaf tea or bamboo extract supplements can be thoroughly recommended. It has amazing restorative properties where growth and strength are concerned. The tea is best drunk without milk or sugar and at a strength to suit your own taste preferences. It has a flavour not dissimilar to green tea but slightly milder and you may love it instantly or find it an acquired taste. As with all dietary changes, do allow up to three months to see the full benefits but you should see noticeable results much sooner, most likely within a few weeks, continue to use regularly to maintain the optimum levels of nutrients that have built up or the results will reverse as levels begin to decline again. Hair skin and nails are living organisms and need to be well fed to thrive.