Healthy people should have healthy looking skin, hair and nails. Since many of us don’t have any medical problem whatsoever but also don’t have the beautiful hair or strong nails, we could blame the genetic predisposition, stress or sometimes the food we eat for the brittle nails and hair loss. Proper eating habits and healthy diet should provide plenty of vitamins and minerals, essential for the nails, skin and the hair.
There is something else we could do – taking some mineral and vitamin supplements. Some supplements are made especially for the hair and nails, and those products contain additional substances claimed to help the growth and quality of the hair and nails. Such products may contain antioxidants, essential oils and fatty acids, collagen and many other substances.
When you start using these supplements don’t expect quick results. Most vitamins need time to work in the body, but the result should be satisfying and you would improve the quality of both your hair and nails.
Vitamins proven to be good for your hair and nails are vitamin A, B complex, C and E.
Vitamin A is necessary for the immune system and general health. It is also the vitamin that could reinforce your hair follicle, stopping the hair loss. Many people suffering from the lack of vitamin A are prone to brittle nails and problems with the hair loss, dandruff or thick scalp. To prevent vitamin A deficiency, always eat plenty of vegetables rich in this vitamin, such as: carrots, broccoli and spinach and other yellow, orange and red vegetables. Eggs and liver also contain high amounts of vitamin A and may be helpful to fight hair and nail problems, as well.
If you decide to take vitamin A supplements make sure to follow the directions to the letter, since overdose of vitamin A could have toxic effect to the human organism.
Vitamin B Complex
This complex consist of thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid (B9), and Cyanocobalamin (B12). All these vitamins are water soluble and very important for the hair and nails. Complex of vitamins B is said to improve the condition of your skin, boost the metabolism and positively affect your immune system. Many natural products contain vitamins B, including: bananas, potatoes, lentils, liver oil, tuna, salmon, avocado, and chilies.
This vitamin can increase the blood flow through the scalp and hair follicles, guarantying healthier hair. It is also responsible for the production of collagen, thus improving the structure of the nails. Another role is antioxidant property of vitamin C, which means that it will protect your hair and nails from the potential damage.
Vitamin E is also a strong antioxidant vitamin, and it will increase the oxygen taken by the hair and because of that also cause improved blood circulation. Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables, nuts, grains and cereals and use vegetable oil to provide proper amounts of vitamin E for the building of your nails and hair.