When you look in the mirror, do you notice new wrinkles appearing on a regular basis?
Do you have hair loss or thin hair that won’t grow? What about your nails — are they brittle or splitting? These are all signs of premature aging and could indicate a mineral deficiency. Getting enough of the right minerals and other nutrients on a consistent basis will have a positive effect on the look of your hair, skin and nails.
One key anti-aging mineral is silica, a chemical compound of silicon that contains oxygen. Silicon supports the body in so many ways. It helps strengthen bones and nails, which is crucial as we get older. A study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found that intake of silicon led to a 9.6 per cent increase in bone mineral density at hip sites in premenopausal women and a 4.3 per cent increase for men .
Silicon is also known as the “beauty mineral” for its effect on hair and nails and because it’s a major factor when it comes to youthful-looking skin. Silicon is required to produce collagen, which provides strength and firmness to skin. Collagen begins to deteriorate as you age; as you get older, consuming more silica-rich foods, such as grains, is a must.
Of course, it’s not always easy to get enough silicon through food sources alone, since much of the mineral is lost in processed foods. This is where a high-quality supplement like Florasil® can help. Florasil is standardized for silicon (containing 4.7 mg per capsule), which is the actual mineral that provides the benefits. Florasil has collagen-boosting effects that will bring back the firmness and suppleness in your skin. It also promotes strong, flexible nails and strong, lustrous hair.
The silica used in Florasil is extracted from the spring horsetail plant, because it is one of the best plant sources of the water-soluble form of silica, orthosilicic acid. Other silica products on the market use derivatives from sand, quartz or other rocks and minerals. But our bodies can’t absorb the silica from these sources. The silica in Florasil, however, is extracted using water instead of chemicals. Developed by Dr. Louis Kervran at the University of Paris, this patented extraction method preserves the bioflavonoids necessary for the absorption of silica. It also ensures retention of calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, boron, iron and phosphorus. What’s more, Florasil has over 30 naturally-occurring trace minerals and flavonoids that aid in absorption.
Florasil is safe, well-absorbed, gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Just three capsules daily will help support and maintain healthy skin, nails and hair. Try it out and you’ll see why silica is so prized for its ability to restore natural beauty.
For more information, go to florahealth.com.
 Jugdaohsingh R, Tucker KL, Qiao N, et al. Dietary silicon intake is positively associated with bone mineral density in men and premenopausal women of the Framingham Offspring cohort. J Bone Miner Res. 2004;19:297–307.