Ever wondered if your nails get stronger with calcium?
If your nails feel brittle and keep breaking, you are probably wondering whether taking calcium supplements might help. Thing is, while Calcium is great for the body in many ways, stronger nails is not one of its benefits.
Just like hair, nails are composed of keratin, the hard protein. So food that helps develop beautiful healthy hair should also keep your nails strong. Remember:
- To keep nails growing and strong, you need protein
- To keep nails from growing weak, you need zinc
- To stop your nails from becoming spoon-shaped, you need iron
If you get too much selenium, you could start losing hair and nails.
While it is a common belief that calcium supplements ought to keep nails strong, research shows that that is not true.
Remember, also, that your nails can tell your doctor about your overall health and diet, so stick to a nutritious and healthy diet that includes all those colors, whole grains, proteins and low fat dairy products.
Can you make your nails grow faster?
Nothing can make your nails grow faster. They have a fixed rate of growth–usually a millimeter a month. The important thing is to ensure that they do not break easily.
There are studies to show that biotin supplements can strengthen brittle nails, reducing breaking or splitting, so check with your doctor to find out if you need to take them. Biotin, as a dietary supplement or as an ingredient in vitamins is available and improves skin, hair and nails. These supplements also include calcium and silicon.
Also keep your nails stronger by using moisturizer regularly. This will also prevent breaking, especially during winter when the air can get drier and cause the nails to crack or split more easily. Keeping the nails lubricated with hand cream after you wash your hands helps a great deal. In cold weather, protect your nails by wearing rubber gloves while doing housework as detergents and dish soap are known to dry nails.