Equisetum arvense, the field horsetail or common horsetail, is an herbaceous perennial plant in the Equisetopsida (the horsetails), native throughout the arctic and temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. It has separate sterile non-reproductive and fertile spore-bearing stems growing from a perennial underground rhizomatous stem system. The fertile stems are produced in early spring and are non-photosynthetic, while the green sterile stems start to grow after the fertile stems have wilted and persist through the summer until the first autumn frosts.
The Horsetail plant contains several substances that can be used medicinally. It is rich in the minerals silicon (10%), potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus, phytosterols, dietary fibre, vitamins A, E and C, tannins, alkaloids, saponins, flavonoids, glycosides and caffeic acid phenolic ester. The buds are also eaten as a vegetable in Japan and Korea in spring. All other Equisetum species are toxic.
The mineral silica found in a horsetail supplement for hair growth doesn’t just promote the structural integrity of the hair; it improves its sheen and texture. Selenium also helps your body process iodine, which regulates hair growth (a deficiency in selenium, for example, can lead to slow or stopped hair growth).
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