Yesterday I walked past a health store and stopped in to ask about nails and nutrition. The health store guy I was taking to recommended silicon supplement for nails. He said to avoid vitamin supplements since you should be getting that from your diet if you are eating healthy (good advice!). Silicon, however, is not easy to find in regular diets and supposedly this is a natural option. But what do I know? I’ve been doing ok so far. I read via Alive.com that “While horsetail is the pinnacle herb for silica content, one of the best food sources for silica is oats…Without silica there would be no lustre to our hair; we would have brittle nails, rough and itchy skin and no elasticity in our connective tissues. Our immune systems would suffer and we would grow old sooner.” So maybe I don’t need any pills and I should eat my oatmeal (which is a delicious and cheap breakfast anyway). The supplement the health guy recommended is called Florasil, available via Amazon: Florasil Silicon.
However, after reading and googling this morning, most nail articles don’t even mention silicon. So, of course there is more to it then just silicon. Protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, sulfur, omega-3 fatty acids, and an array of other nutrients are necessary for hair and nail health. Deficiency can lead to brittle nails or various grow issues such as ridges. You can check out multi-vitamin and mineral supplements designed to give you all you need (via Amazon): Stronger Hair and Nails Nutritional Supplement. But we should all beware of ignoring our own dietary health, maybe we can do this all naturally and not take any supplements at all. Also, bad nails can be a sign of many health problems so asking your doctor is a good idea if your nails are problematic.
I’ve used Healthy Hoof Protein Treatment for years which I can confirm makes my nails stronger, more flexible, and moisturized (so they bend instead of crack). I know this one helps and many classical guitarists use it. There are tons of alternatives for protein nail creams…Taking care of your nails is also key. Wearing gloves when washing dishes or other potential activities that might strip moisture away…
In the end we can improve our diet and take care of your nails while avoiding pills and saving a few bucks. Being in good health is the key despite all these supplements that cost money and are suspiciously un-natural. Plus, there are other benefits to eating well and exercising such as improved muscle and brain function. By the way, I’m not a doctor so this article is just exploring my walk to the health store. Make informed decisions by consulting your doctor or doing your own research.
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