Bamboo is used in Chinese medicine to speed the healing of infections, and parts of India regard it as a remedy for infertility and reproductive system imbalances in addition to a soothing anti-inflammatory. Studies have also demonstrated that bamboo inhibits some infectious bacteria. Bamboo has been shown to serve as an effective antioxidant and pro-oxidant. It also is said to not only fight free radical damage, but also boost sunscreen efficacy, all while contributing to improved elasticity. Bamboo is rich in silica, an essential nutrient known to help the body absorb key minerals and support collagen production.