Xtend-Life Ingredient Horsetail

Horsetail Background and Benefits

Horsetail is the common name for vascular plants in the Equisetum genus, which contains about 16 species. Unless otherwise specified, the common name “horsetail” specifically refers to Equisetum arvense, also known as the common horsetail and field horsetail. Horsetails grow in temperate to artic climates in the northern hemisphere.

Horsetails reproduce by spores instead of seeds, a reproduction method that was more common when horsetails dominated forests during the late Paleozoic era. Horsetails have fertile and sterile stems, both of which grow from underground rhizomes. The fertile stems start growing in the early spring and release spores instead of performing photosynthesis. These stems die shortly thereafter, at which point the plant begins to produce photosynthesizing sterile stems.

Fertile stems reach a height of about 10 inches and are covered with brown scales. The spore cones at the top of the stems are about 1.5 inches in length. The sterile stems may be three feet tall, with as many as 20 segmented joints.

The young buds of the fertile stems may be eaten as a vegetable, especially primarily in Japan and Korea. It is also grown around other plants in aquatic areas due to the ability of horsetails to absorb excess water. This effect is primarily due to the high mineral content in horsetails, especially silicon. Horsetails also contain significant levels of calcium and potassium.

Uses of Horsetail

The most significant health benefits of horsetail extract are generally due to its high silica content, a compound that is based on silicon. These benefits primarily include urinary health as well as support for bones, lungs and bleeding.

Signs You May Need Horsetail

Fluid retention, or edema, is the most significant reason for taking horsetail extract. The common signs of edema include bladder and kidney stones, infections of the urinary tract and urinary incontinence. You may also benefit from horsetail if you have bone conditions such as low bone density and brittle fingernails.

General signs that may mean you need horsetail extract include jaundice, joint conditions, unexplained weight loss, heavy menstrual periods and internal bleeding.

Other Ingredients That May Be Of Interest

Grape skin extract - Grapes may include any plant in the Vitis genus, although this common name typically refers specifically to the European grapevine (Vitis vinifera). Grape skins are high in resveratrol, which may provide many health benefits.

PABA - PABA is the common abbreviation for para-aminobenzoic acid, which is primarily used to support skin health.

Folic acid - Folic is also known as folate, pteroyl-L-glutamic acid and vitamin B9. Its best known use is the formation of neural tubes in early fetal development.

Synonyms and Similar Forms of Horsetail

Equisetum genus, Horsetail extract

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