ABCs of Good Health

ABC of Vitamins For Hair, Skin, And Nails

If you’re looking to boost the condition of your hair, skin, and nails, then consider your diet. So much of what we eat affects the way we look and feel about our bodies. Creams, serums, and masks are great for our complexion and health, but the right vitamins can help give us that extra boost that we’re all looking for.

So why are vitamins for hair, skin, and nails?

Inner Beauty

It isn’t just a phrase. Beauty really does come from within! Just like our internal organs, our hair, nails, and skin need nutrients too.

For example, collagen is the building block of our hair, skin, and nails. Our bodies, therefore, need enough collagen in order to maintain the integrity and function of our skin. Similarly, private New York dietician, Amy Shapiro, explains that “vitamin B, specifically biotin, repairs hair,” because it improves our body’s keratin infrastructure.

an infographic showing the role of collagen in the skin

Healthy ageing infographic (Natural Products Insider)

So here are our top vitamins for hair, skin, and nails.

Vitamins For Hair, Skin, And Nails

 

  1. Vitamin A
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    Vitamin A

    Vitamin A is required for cell growth and replenishment. It has antioxidant properties, which mean that it plays a vital role in skin health. It is also widely used for acne treatment, both topically and as a supplement.

    We can find vitmain A in some foods, particularly animal product such as liver, fish oils, also whole milk, and egg yolk

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  2. Vitamin B
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    Vitamin B

    Vitamin B complex is made up of 7 vitamins; B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12. They can nourish cells to help to overcome brittle nails, improve skin elasticity, and encourage healthy hair growth.

    We can find some B vitamins in foods. For example, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) promotes cell growth and can be found in meat, liver, poultry, milk and yoghurt.
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  3. Vitamin C
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    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C supports skin elasticity by helping to build collagen (the main connective tissue in the skin) reducing sagging, smoothing wrinkles. As an antioxident, it is thought to help slow the ageing process by fighting skin damage and protecting cells.

    The richest natural sources are fresh fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits, blackcurrants, kiwi, spinach and red peppers.

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Roxanne Griggs

Roxanne Griggs

Public Health Nutritionist (ANutr)

Qualified, Public Health Nutritionist (ANutr).


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