Vitamins and other Nutrients for Nails
Like hair, the condition of your nails is a good indicator of general health, and problems such as deformed nails may be a sign of nutritional deficiency. Other common nail problems include brittle and splitting nails, fungal infections and ingrowing nails.
Sometimes nail problems are a sign of a more serious underlying health disorder, and you should seek medical advice if you feel this may be the case.
Vitamins for Nails
- Vitamin A is essential for nail growth.
- Vitamin B2 promotes healthy nails.
- Vitamin C boosts overall health, and deficiency is associated with deformed nails.
- Biotin strengthens keratin, the protein from which nails are formed.
Minerals for Nails
- Calcium helps make nails strong.
- Iodine improves nail condition.
- Iron deficiency can cause nail problems.
- Magnesium reduces scalp flaking.
- Zinc is crucial for nail growth.
Herbs and other nutrients for nails
- Omega-3 oils contain essential fatty acids vital for nail health.
- Omega-6 oils strengthen nails.
- Acidophilus fights fungal infections that affect nails.
- Garlic improves blood flow to the nail beds.
- Ginkgo biloba improves circulation, thereby increasing the amount of nutrients the nails receive.
Foods to choose for healthy nails
Yeast extract, salmon, mackerel and sardines, nuts and seeds, whole grains, green, leafy vegetables, fresh or dried fruit, chicken, eggs, seaweed.
Foods to avoid
Animal fats stimulate the production of free radicals which deplete general health, reflected in the condition of your nails.