Nutritional Steps to Healthy Nails
By Corinna Richards
What you eat will reflect on the health of your nails,
Lack of vitamin A and calcium causes dryness and
Lack of protein, folic acid and vitamin C causes hang
White bands across the nails are caused by protein
A lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid can cause splitting
Insufficient intake or vitamin B12 can lead to excessive
dryness, very rounded and curved ends and darkening of
Insufficient zinc can cause development of white spots on
Cuts and cracks in the nails may indicate a need for more
Red skin around your cuticles can be caused by poor
metabolism of essential fatty acids.
Here are the guidelines to follow for improving the health
of your nails:
Eat a diet composed of 50% fruit and raw vegetables in
order to supply necessary vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
Eat foods rich in sulfur and silicon, such as broccoli, fish
and onions. Include foods rich in biotin such as soy,
brewer’s yeast and whole grains.
Drink plenty of water and other liquids.
You may supplement your diet with royal jelly, spirulina
or kelp, which are rich in silica, zinc and B vitamins and
help to strengthen your nails.
Drink fresh carrot juice daily, this is high in calcium
and phosphorus and is excellent for strengthening nails.
Eat well and your whole body will be better, healthier, more