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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

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