Vitamin A for Healthy Nails

By Inspirationail

MilkVitamin A is important for vision, bone growth & reproduction, it helps regulate the immune system, promotes healthy skin, mucus membranes & (of course) proper nail growth.

Generally speaking, eating a balanced diet of whole foods with plenty of fresh fruit & vegetables should provide adequate sources of this vitamin. With proper diet, vitamin A deficiency is rare in western cultures & it should be noted that this vitamin can be toxic to the body in large doses.

Beware, too much of Vitamin A can cause hands & the soles of your feet to turn orange.

Two types of A

There are two different types of this vitamin & sorry vegetarians but animal sources are actually easier for our bodies to use.

Preformed vitamin A (retinol)
Comes only from animal sources.

Provitamin A carotenoid
Comes from colourful fruit & vegetables, the body converts these carotenoids to vitamin A.

Food Sources

There are a number of tasty sources.
CantaloupeAnimal Sources
Liver, butter, cheese, eggs, yoghurt, milk, oily fish (such as mackerel) & fish liver oil.

Fruit & Veg Sources
Tomatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, sweet potato, spinach, apricots, broccoli, pumpkin, red palm oil.

Signs of Deficiency

Vitamin A aids in processing protein, which is an important part of healthy nails. Signs that you aren’t getting enough vitamin A in your diet include dry, brittle nails often with hangnails and/or irritated cuticles.

Get Your Vitamins Every Day

Remember, it’s always better to get your vitamins from the food you eat, not a little vitamin pill. A fresh, unprocessed diet should supply you with all of the vitamins you need for long, strong & healthy nails.

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