The Benefits of Hair, Skin & Nails Supplements
Aside from affecting our outward appearance, the state of our hair, skin and nails can often be a reflection of our inner health. If you have weak, breakage‐prone nails, brittle hair, dry or lackluster skin, it could mean that you are not getting the right amount of nutrients that your body needs to build or repair these tissues. Increasing your nutrient intake through a healthy diet and specialised supplements hair, skin and nails may help to maintain and restore their health and strength.
Which key hair, skin and nail nutrients does my body need?
If you’re lacking in any of the following vitamins, minerals and other nutrients it may compromise the health of your hair, skin and nails.
- Biotin – Biotin is classified as a B vitamin and is necessary for normal growth and body function. Biotin supplementation helps to strengthen soft brittle nails and reduce their breaking and splitting. Biotin deficiency has also been linked to hair loss.1
- Amino acids – One of the main structural components of hair, skin and nails is a specialised protein known as keratin. To build keratin the body needs amino acids including cysteine.2
- Zinc – Zinc helps to maintain healthy connective tissue and skin. Some experts believe that one of the reasons for white spots on the fingernails may be a zinc deficiency.3
- Silica – Hair, skin and nails are rich in silica, which helps to provide elasticity and strength to these structures. The herbal remedy horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is a natural source of silica.
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, a structural protein that is essential to strengthen, support and give elasticity to skin. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant and may assist with skin defence and repair mechanisms.
- Lysine – The amino acid lysine also plays an important role in the formation of collagen.4
- Vitamin E – Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant that is important for the maintenance of healthy skin.5 It specifically plays a role in reducing the risk of UV‐induced free radical skin damage.5
Always read the label. Use only as directed. Consult your healthcare professional if symptoms persist. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
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Published March 28, 2014
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