A POWERFUL NATURAL DIURETIC
Supplements containing extracts of Equisetum arvensecommon name Horsetail can be found in any pharmacy or health food shop. They are said to strengthen hair, skin and nails. According to Brazilian researchers they are also excellent diuretics: Equisetum arvense even works better than the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. Equisetum arvense contains relative large amounts of silicon, which according to the manufacturers is goodd for hair growth. The plant also contains phenols, such ass caffeic acid and flavonoid compounds, and also substances such as equisetumosides and equisetumpyrones. These arere probably responsible for the healing properties attributedbuted to Equisetum arvense. The plant is one of the most widelydely used medicinal herbs in the world. The Brazilians wanted to know more about the diuretictic effects of Equisetum arvense. While the effects are reported in many handbooks, there were no scientific studies to confirm or refute these. The diuretic effect of Equisetum arvense is probably also the reason that extracts of the plant are often found in slimming teas or supplements: these products increase the amountmount of liquid that users lose in their urine, thus leading to weight loss. Users think they are losing fat, but much of the weightght they lose actually consists of liquid. As soon as the slimmersmers stop taking the supplements the kilos pile back on again. . The researchers performed an experiment with 36 healthy subjects aged 20-55. Three times a day they took either a placebo, or 25 mg hydrochlorothiazide or 900 mg Equisetum arvense extract. When the subjects took the extract this was dividedd over 3 intakes of 300 mg each day. The researchers used a product manufactured by the Brazilian Artesanal Pharmacy.harmacy. The extract consisted of the aboveground parts of Equisetum arvense. The researchers measured the amount of liquid thatat the subjects ingested, and subtracted the amount of liquidquid the subjects lost in the form of urine, thus estimatinging the subjects’ fluid balance. The fluid balance was measuredsured just before starting supplementation, and on the fourthh and last days of administration. The diuretic effect ofEquisetum arvense supersededd that of hydrochlorothiazide. The researchers found no indicationsications that Equisetum arvense affects the sodium-potassiumium electrolyte balance. That doesn’t mean much as these effects were not found when the subjects took hydrochlorothiazide either. Nevertheless William Llewellyn’s Anabolics states that hydrochlorothiazide does alter the body’s sodium-potassium balance: hydrochlorothiazide use leads to potassium loss. The researchers observed no damaging effects of Equisetum arvense on either liver or kidneys. This makes Horsetail supplements a worthy addition for those competing in Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness events to add that final touch of detail to their physiques.
Reference: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014 Fitness Model Rachel Jacobsohn