If you’re some one who’s prone to brittle nails and fungal nail infections, topical and laser treatments help, but if you’re not getting healthy from the inside out, it’s going to be a long road. Healthy eating habits are important for curing all ailments, but if you want to focus on your nails, start with the foods below.
Not only are nails comprised of proteins, but protein is necessary for tissue repair and construction. Eggs also contain sulfur, and in fresh eggs, sulfur is a beneficial nutrient for strong nails. So, it’s a no brainer that when it comes to nail health, protein is crucial.
Omega-3s and magnesium are packed into almonds and walnuts, and it’s the reason why these nuts are perfect for nail health. We’ll start with omega-3 essential fats, which have been shown to provide fatty acids in your nails to stay strong and prevent splitting. Now let’s get into magnesium, and if you’ve ever had those pesky vertical ridges in your nails, you aren’t getting enough of it. Nuts are an easy way to keep you nails healthy, and snack snack on something delicious.
Your next trip to your favorite seafood restaurant will be good for the body and the soul, as long as your ordering oysters. These little natural shots of goodness are packed with zinc—74 grams, to be exact—which is needed for the biological process of making proteins like those in your hair and nails. If you aren’t a fan of oysters or aren’t able to eat them on a daily basis, baked beans, poultry and beef are other great options.
According to research published by the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, beer is one of the richest sources of silicon in the today’s diet, and silicon is a mineral that decreases nail brittleness. Since beer contains about 10 milligrams of silicon, experts recommend having no more than one drink per day.
Coconut oil is on trend as of late, but that doesn’t mean this trend doesn’t have staying power. Consuming coconut oil with your meals is one way to take advantage of its benefits, but applying directly to hands and nails will help moisturize cuticles, promote nail growth, and even get rid of that pesky nail fungus.
Written by: Lindsey Alexander