Eat your way to healthy nails
Sick of your dry, brittle nails breaking and flaking away? Here’s how to give them a powerful health makeover…
Boost your vitamin B intake
Take a vitamin B supplement daily or get your vitamin B hit through poultry, meat, eggs and fish. A U.S study of individuals with brittle nails found a dramatic increase in nail health after increasing vitamin B in the diet.
Banish white spots
White spots on your nails can sometimes indicate insufficient levels of zinc in your diet and poor nail health, so up your zinc by taking a daily zinc supplement or eating zinc-rich foods such as hard boiled eggs and milk.
Supersize your ‘s’ intake
The top two vitamins for your nails are both ‘s’ vitamins – sulphur and silicon. Increase your intake by eating more broccoli, onions, fish and sea vegetables.
Flaxseed provides essential fatty acids for nail health so try sprinkling a little on your morning bowl of muesli or popping a scoop in your smoothie.
Castor oil contains the nail nutrient vitamin E, so rub it into your cuticles for an instant remedy to dry nails.
For especially dry or damaged nails, you can also try using nail vitamins like Silica capsules, which have been shown to lead to a reduction in split fingernails and brittleness.