Every part of our body has a function. Every part of our body also needs proper sustenance to be able to perform said function. Your fingernails protect the ends of your fingers from damage, cuts and bruising that would otherwise be suffered during your daily routine. If you’ve ever lost a complete fingernail, you know how often the fingertips are vulnerable.
When your body is undernourished, it often reflects in the fingernails. Nails that are weak and brittle or frayed and splintered are likely in need of some essential nutrients. The best way to ensure your nails are long and beautiful, is to make sure your body is strong and healthy. This means making sure you have all the nutrients and vitamins in your system that your fragile nails need.
Critical vitamins for your fingernails start with the B group. Vitamins B12 and B7 are key components in creating the many layers of the nail, giving it thickness and strength. The B vitamins also aid in giving your nails the healthy colour, making tips whiter and reducing the likelihood of discolouration.
It’s a well known fact that calcium is good for bones, nails and hair. But, calcium is better absorbed by the body with the aid of vitamin D. Basically, calcium uses vitamin D to hitch a ride to the parts of your body where it is needed. So, if you’re taking calcium supplements, remember to accompany them with the sunshine vitamin, or drink milk that is fortified with vitamin D.
Vitamin C is, of-course, a much needed vitamin for your entire body. The nails are no exception, since this vitamin helps keep nails strong and resistant to cracking, peeling or breaking. Vitamin C also works in symmetry with other minerals and nutrients such as folic acid, to keep your nails strong, as well as promoting natural growth.
If you don’t think your diet is giving you a well rounded vitamin and nutrient supply, try a good multi-vitamin. Most of them contain other nutrients your nails need anyway, such as calcium, omega 3, zinc and folic acid. So there’s really no reason why your nails can’t get their vitamins every single day.
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