Cucumbers are high in silica which helps with healthy skin, nails, hair, and bones. Keep in mind that silica is an excellent way to remove aluminum from your body. We need about 50 mg per day. Horsetail and bamboo have been used as a skin/hair/nail supplement for a long time - they are very high in silica. Remarkably beer is one the most common sources of silica for men in the US. Carrots are another vegetable good for the skin since they are high in Vitamin A. Also good good for skin is zinc, selenium, omega-3, Vitamin E and Vitamin C.
The loss of bone density, as well as the dry hair and brittle nails, happens in part because our bodies lose silica as we age. To replenish your store of silica, look no further than the humble cucumber, which has extremely high levels of silica.
Silica aids in bone health in two major ways:
- It’s instrumental in collagen formation. Collagen is a fibrous protein that is responsible for holding us together. Without this connective tissue, we would essentially fall apart in a gooey mess.
- It facilitates the assimilation of calcium. Without adequate silica, our bodies can’t make use of bone-building calcium, and it can be leeched from the bones.
If you’ve heard about silica/silicon, you may be wondering what the difference is. Here’s the scoop. Silicon is one of the most common elements found in the Earth’s crust, but it’s never seen in its raw state. Silicon combines with oxygen to form a silicate ion (SiO4). Silica-rich rocks include obsidian, granite, and sandstone. In the human body, silica is a vital component of collagen and is found in all our connective tissues. For the purposes of this article, I’ll use silica, but don’t be confused the next time you see one or the other.
Cucumbers also contain magnesium, which works in synergy with calcium to keep bones healthy.