We all face different challenges regarding our nail and hair health.
Nail growth may slow or cease due to improper diet or rare diseases like yellow nail syndrome.
Lacking essential vitamins and mineral like vitamins B and C, iron and zinc can result in unhealthy hair and nails, although the market is saturated with products to improve hair and nail growth.
Iron is a mineral essential for growth and development in the body. In addition to producing hemoglobin to carry oxygen to organs, iron is a necessary nutrient for maintaining healthy nails, as nails become brittle and dry when the body is iron-deficient.
Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen, a protein that gives shape, strength and integrity to many tissues and is the building block of fingernails, hair and teeth. Vitamin C also protects skin cells from free radicals, which evidence suggests might contribute to heart disease, cancer and other health problems. These gummies contain iron and vitamin C.
Biotin is a B vitamin found in foods like eggs, milk and bananas. Studies show that taking 2.5 mg (2500 mcg) tablets of biotin daily may lead to some improvement in nail firmness, hardness and thickness.
Nature’s Bounty Advanced Hair, Skin & Nails supports beautiful hair, glowing skin and healthy nails with 6,000mcg of Biotin and vitamins E and C.
Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that also reduces free radicals in the body, and saw palmetto support hair growth and healthy hair follicles. Consult a medical professional before changing your diet or taking any over-the-counter or prescription medications.
The above supplements can also help hair health. Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to mistakenly attack hair follicles, causes hair loss, and according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, hormonal imbalances, certain cancer treatments, medications, sexually transmitted diseases, scalp infections and thyroid disease can also halt or impede hair growth.
About the Artist: Ana Cage is a passionate nail artist and uses spare time to write and inform people about beauty treatments based on her experience.
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