Nails reflect a clear picture of our internal human health. Nail Changes often occur due to poor nutrition status or due to other diseases such as malabsorption, anemia, hypothyroidism, heart disease, liver or kidney disease. The most important step to maintain healthy nails is a diet rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.
- Make sure you eat plenty of high-value proteins. Nails are mainly made of “keratin” protein so the lack of protein leads to the appearance of white lines on the nails, so eat yogurt, seafood, eggs, whole grains, pulses, nuts and seeds.
- Make fresh fruit and vegetables 50% of your meal to supply your body with essential vitamins. Eat avocado, apple and leafy vegetables.
- Eat broccoli, fish, onions, garlic and seaweed, which contain important sulfur to form keratin.
- Eat liver, nuts, soy and brown rice, rich in “biotin” , which reduces nail damage.
- Eat dairy products daily for calcium and phosphorus, which is needed for nails.
- Avoid processed foods and eating much salted food and vinegar which may lead to imbalance of the protein and calcium, which is reflected on the health of the nails.
Herbal and Dietary Supplements:
- Omega: Flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and wheat germ are sources of essential fatty acids that nourish nails.
- Royal jelly: Contains gelatin responsible for the production of collagen and elastin.
- Dandelion and Burdock purify the body of toxins.
- Green tea: rich in antioxidants.
- Wheatgrass: Rich in minerals and vitamin B which strengthens the nails.
- Ginkgo: Improves blood circulation that nourishes nails.
- Spirulina and Seaweed: rich in silica, zinc for strengthening nails.
Vitamins and minerals:
- The lack of vitamin B complex may lead to the fragility of nails and emerging vertical and horizontal lines.
- The lack of vitamin B12 may lead to severe dehydration and rotations at the ends of the nails with a change in color.
- Protein, folic acid and vitamin C deficiency may lead to spooning of nails .
- The lack of vitamin A and calcium may lead to dryness and nail damage.
- Iron deficiency can lead to nails spooning (concave nails) or prominent parallel lines.
The instructions and recommendations mentioned in this diet are general guidelines and do not take into account differences between individuals. Any health condition should be treated by a specialist and we advise you to consult your doctor before taking any product that may affect your health.