Health Outcomes - Nails

Nails are often a good indication of overall health. Our bodies distribute nutrients to vital organs first, so our nails often are the last to receive nourishment. Malnourishment often appears in our nails.

The link between nutrition and nail growth

Our nails are part of our 37 trillion cells. Nothing is more important than nourishing them with nutrient-dense foods. Healthy fingernails are often an indication of overall health. When our diets contain limited amounts of nutrients, our bodies deliver nutrients to our vital organs first. Our nails are often the last to receive nourishment. Malnourishment can show up in our fingertips.

Eating foods rich in essential nutrients can lead to healthy nails. Protein assures that nails are strong. The amino acid cysteine is needed for proper nail growth and strength. Consuming zinc along with protein enhances its absorption. The B vitamins, especially biotin and folate, boost nail growth. Diets should include healthy fats such as omega-3s and omega-6s, which promote the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D, and K – all of which are needed for nail growth. The minerals selenium and copper aid in the production of collagen and can boost nail growth. All of these nutrients lead to healthy fingernails.