Vitamin B for Healthy Nails
There are 8 members of the B vitamin group and all of them are essential to the body. Overall these vitamins are used for energy production, red blood cell synthesis, proper nerve function, & aid in the health of eyes, skin & nails.
Due to their importance the B vitamins should be consumed regularly, especially considering that the body has a limited capacity for storing most of them.
Unfortunately the B family is also delicate, which means they are easily destroyed by cooking, alcohol or excessive processing.
All of the B’s are necessary for strengthening your nails, but B12 is particularly important as it is responsible for promoting normal nail growth and healthy colouring.
Meet the B-Group Vitamins
Here is a quick list with each of the B vitamins.
- Pantothenic Acid
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
- Folate (also called Folic Acid)
- Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)
With 8 vitamins in the B group there are a number of different sources. What we have listed below may not contain all 8 members.
Liver, meat, kidney, milk, eggs, yoghurt, fish & shellfish.
Fruit & Veg Sources
Leafy greens, citrus fruits, seeds, legumes, cereal grains, cauliflower, mushrooms, nuts & yeast.
Signs of Deficiency
Nails lacking in these essential vitamins can become thin, flat, curved at the ends and dark in colour. Healthy nails that receive adequate doses of B12 will show white moons at the cuticle.
Eating Your Way to Healthy Nails
We’ll keep saying it, (only because it’s true) but a well-balanced diet that includes fresh fruit & veggies & lean meat is the best way to ensure that your body gets adequate vitamins. Healthy skin & nails are a by-product of a healthy body overall.