Nutrients that you Will Need in Nail Care - Health

Nutrients that you Will Need in Nail Care   by Jen Hopkins

in Health    (submitted 2010-10-10)

Nail care does not only involve trimming your nails often, keeping them clean and applying nail polish to make them more beautiful. It also involves eating the right kinds of food so that your nails will grow strong and healthy, and be resistant to damage.

Your nails will need several vitamins and minerals to help them maintain their strength and resist breaking. Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin that helps make your nail stronger. Without this vitamin, your nails can become dry and brittle, making them prone to breaking. The edges of your nails will also become irregularly shaped while darkening of the nails may also occur.

Similar to Vitamin B12, Vitamin A also functions in maintaining the strength of your nails. This is because Vitamin A is needed by the body to process the proteins that are needed to produce the nail. Without it, your nails cannot be produced as efficiently which can lead to weaker nails.

Vitamin D is also important but it serves more of an indirect function, much like Vitamin A. it helps improve the nails as it is needed by the body in order to absorb calcium. Calcium is a mineral that is needed in the formation of nails and bones. Without Vitamin D, calcium cannot be absorbed and utilized by the nails thus making them softer.

Fatty acids are also important for the health of your nails. Aside from making sure that your nails stay hydrated, they also help in relieving any inflammation problems that may occur around the nails. These fatty acids can be found in food such as fish oil, flaxseed oil and other plant products that have fats in them.