7 foods that keep your nails healthy
We all know that when it comes to beauty, what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it. So, long, strong and healthy nails are the result of hard-working cuticle creams, oils and nail strengtheners AND the foods you consume. We’ve rounded up seven of the best foods that make for healthier nails.
You may have noticed that here at bh, we’re nuts for coconuts! Coconut oil, water or flesh – whatever the form, you can guarantee it’s doing you good. Coconuts offer many health benefits, but are especially good for your hands. They contain important nutrients that, over time, help to strengthen cuticles and nails.
Avocados are high in good fats, which are necessary in the prevention and treatment of weak nails. They’re also full of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C and vitamin E, and contain more potassium than a banana! If their creamy texture isn’t your thing, try OPI Avoplex High Intensity Hand and Nail Cream. The formula harnesses the benefits of avocado for healthy nails.
Do you have vertical ridges on your nails? If so, this is a sign that you aren’t consuming enough magnesium– and almonds are loaded with the stuff! They’re also a good source of protein, which is essential for nail growth. When a handful of almonds just isn’t enough, give The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil a go. It contains sweet almond oil to soften cuticles, strengthen nails and whiten nail tips.
Carrots are known for maintaining eye health, but did you know they’re good for your nails, too? They contain silica, a trace mineral that is essential for strong nails. If you have weak, brittle nails, then try adding carrots to your snack rotation.
Berries are super high in antioxidants, which are responsible for keeping your nails (and hair) shiny. They also protect against free radical damage – caused by sun, pollution and stress, it affects your whole body, including nails. Blueberries and raspberries are great, but for a supercharged dose of goodness, try acai berries.
Lemon contains a good dose of vitamin C, which strengthens nails and encourages them to grow. It also prevents hangnails – torn skin on the edge of your nail – by aiding collagen formation, and enhances the shine of hair and nails. Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Crème contains lemon oil to soften rough cuticles.
Sometimes, you can’t get all the goodness you need in terms of vitamins and minerals, which is where supplements come in. If you’re after healthy nails (and hair and skin), stock up on Blackmores Nails Hair & Skin tablets. The formula helps to strengthen brittle nails, increase nail thickness and reduce breakage in 12 weeks!
Do you suffer from weak, brittle nails? Do you know of any other foods that help with nail health?
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