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Key Nutrients for Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails

September 29, 2016

 

If you have weak, breakage‐prone nails, brittle hair, dry or lackluster skin, it could mean that you are not getting the right amounts of nutrients that your body needs to build or repair these tissues. Increasing your nutrient intake through specialized supplements may help to maintain and restore their health and strength:

  • 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

  • Collagen – Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body and it makes up a large part of our skin, hair and nails. Supplemental collagen appears to help the body’s own production process improve, as well as to increase skin elasticity and moisture, which declines during the aging process

  • 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.

  • Zinc – Zinc helps to maintain healthy connective tissue and skin.

  • Silica – Hair, skin and nails are rich in silica, which helps to provide elasticity and strength to these structures.

  • 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.

  • Vitamin E – Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant that is important for the maintenance of healthy skin. It specifically plays a role in reducing the risk of UV‐induced free radical skin damage.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

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