Tuesday, July 11th 2006
Healthcare practitioners can tell someone's general condition from how their nails look. The nails only appear at their best when the body is healthy and has a sufficient supply of vital substances. Silicic acid is one of the substances which are particularly important for the growth of fingernails and toenails. Scientific studies have helped to prove the connection between the supply of silicic acid and the condition of the nails.
The mode of action is similar to that in the case of hair. On the one hand, the silicon contained in silicic acid ensures healthy connective tissue and thus a good provision of nutrients to the nails. On the other hand, studies have shown that the trace element improves the cross-linking of the keratin protein building blocks and thus the stability, structure and appearance of the nails.
The positive influence of silicic acid on the growth and strength of the nails is not immediately visible and only becomes visible after five or six months. This is the time required for the complete regeneration of the fingernails.
Reproduced unabridged from the July - September 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
The following products are all useful for Hair Skin & Nail health:
Collagen & Keratin Capsules
Fish Oil 1500mg - Odourless
Silica 30c Liquid
Silicea Colloidal Mineral Silica Gel
Super Calcium Complete
Super Collagen + C
QSilica Gel 500ml
Zinc 120 Tabs
Related health information can be found here:
Calcium to build bones
MSM - bioavailable sulphur for arthritis and pain relief
Water, the elixir of life
What your nails reveal
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