Healthy-looking hair and nails is a sign of health or beauty for many people.
Like any other part of your body, hair and nails need a variety of nutrients to be healthy and grow.
In fact, many nutritional deficiencies are linked to hair loss.
While factors such as age, genetics and hormones also affect hair growth, optimal nutrient intake is key.
Natural supplements may help to prevent early hair loss and support hair growth and thickness.
We recommend looking for supplements rich with vitamins D, C, and A, plus astaxanthin, iron, zinc, and fish oil.
Vitamin A helps skin glands make an oily substance called sebum. Sebum moisturizes the scalp and helps keep hair healthy.
One of the best known vitamins for hair growth is a B-vitamin called biotin. Biotin-rich foods and supplements may help strengthen your brittle fingernails.
Other B vitamins are also important for nail health.
Both iron and B12 are necessary for keeping nails strong and healthy.
Vitamin C helps to create a protein known as collagen — an important part of hair structure. Vitamin C is the building block of fingernails, hair and teeth. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, a mineral necessary for hair growth.
Vitamin D may help create new follicles — the tiny pores in the scalp where new hair can grow.
Vitamin E helps to increase hair growth.
Iron is an important mineral for many bodily functions, including hair growth.
As oxygen is needed for healthy nails, an iron deficiency can lead to vertical ridges in your nails.
Zinc helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly. Hair loss is a common symptom of zinc deficiency.
Nails are made up of a type of cell that grows and divides rapidly. Because of this fast production, a steady supply of zinc is needed to promote the healthy growth of nails.
Hair is made almost entirely of protein. Consuming enough is important for hair growth. Nails are primarily made of a fibrous structural protein called keratin. This is what gives nails their strength and resilience.
Vertical ridges in your nails may be a sign of a magnesium deficiency.
Omega-3 fatty acids can help lubricate and moisturize your nails, giving them a shiny appearance