For more than 2,000 years, Chinese medicine has used one single secret for young-looking hair, skin AND nails. I’m talking about the common bamboo plant or Bambusa vulgaris.
In China, bamboo is a symbol for longevity. It regenerates itself faster than any other plant in the world. Some species will grow up to four feet every day. Bamboo grows fast and thick and constantly renews itself because it’s rich in the essential mineral silica. That’s the same mineral that makes your hair and nails grow fast and strong, and regenerates your skin
Bamboo’s Silica Helps Repair and Rebuild Collagen
Silica is one of the most critical components of collagen, your skin’s connective tissue.
Collagen is like scaffolding holding up the structure of your skin. Whenever collagen is damaged,
that scaffolding weakens and your skin can start to wrinkle and sag.
When that happens, silica steps in to rebuild and regenerate the collagen matrix. It strengthens all of the body’s other connective tissues, too, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone.
Silica is also a vital mineral to you if you have thinning hair or brittle nails. It transports essential nutrients to the ends of the body, namely your hair and nails. That ensures that hair follicles and nail beds get all the vital minerals needed for growth and vitality.
When you were young, you had lots of natural silica. That’s why children always seem to have beautiful silky hair, soft skin and perfect nails. But as adults, we lose 10 to 40 mg of silica every day. It’s excreted in urine, or lost when hair falls out or when we trim our nails.
If you’re over 40 you’re probably deficient in silica. Tell-tale signs are new wrinkles, thinning hair and brittle nails.
But you can reverse all that just by replenishing your silica stores.
Boost Your Silica Levels With Bamboo Extract
We can get some silica from our food. Young bamboo shoots are an excellent source. Seafood, leafy greens, root vegetables, almonds, seeds, whole grains and even beer are good sources of silica.
But modern chemical farming practices have depleted the soil of trace minerals and other nutrients. Many of our foods can’t deliver enough silica. That’s why I would suggest silica in a supplement form. I usually will introduce silica into my nutritional regime for six months of the year.
Here’s to looking more youthful