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.