Field or common horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is a perennial fern that belongs to the genus Equisetaceae. The plant contains numerous beneficial compounds that confer it multiple health-promoting effects.
Of these, antioxidants and silica are key. Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body to prevent cell damage. Meanwhile, silica is a compound comprised of silicon and oxygen. It’s believed to be responsible for horsetail’s potential benefits for skin, nails, hair, and bones.
Horsetail is known for providing many other potential benefits, including: anti-inflammatory activity, antimicrobial activity, antioxidant activity and antidiabetic affect.