Nails - Health and Disease
Vitamins and other Nutrients for Nails
A healthy balanced diet is the essential for healthy nails.
Vitamin A helps to grow healthy nails. Avoid excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine as they may diminish amount of vitamin A in the body.
Vitamin B deficiency may lead to fragile nails. Lack of folic acid also causes unhealthy nails.
Vitamin C is a must for overall health, and its deficiency is associated with deformed nails.
Important minerals for healthy nails are: calcium, iron, iodine, magnesium and zinc
Omega-3 oils and Omega-6 oils are vital for nail health
Acidophilus fights fungal infections
Garlic is known to improve blood flow to the nail beds. Similar effect is also brought by Ginkgo biloba
Here is a list of foods for healthy nails:
Yeast extract, salmon, mackerel and sardines, nuts and seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, fresh or dried fruit, chicken, eggs, seaweed.