Foods for Keeping Your Fingernails Healthy

Food for strong nails
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Keeping our fingers and toenails strong and healthy is an often-overlooked part of our health routines. But if you usually work with your hands, are on your feet a lot, or if you enjoy nail art and getting manicures, then it’s important to keep nail health in mind. One way to do this is through diet and nutrition, making sure you get the right vitamins for your nails. Here are a few foods to help.

Protein

Your nails are themselves made of protein, so eating lots of healthy, lean protein is really good for them just the way it’s good for strong bones. Clean, low-fat protein like chicken, fish, and legumes is particularly good for your nails.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps your body produce collagen, which strengthens and smooths hair, skin, and nails. For lots of vitamin C, you can eat several fruits and veggies such as strawberries, oranges, kiwi, tomatoes, and bell peppers.

Eggs

Eggs have a host of nutrients that are beneficial to nail health as well as general health. Aside from protein, they also contain vitamin A, vitamin E, biotin (which promotes nail thickness and prevents splitting), B12, and are an amazing source of vitamin D in particular. All these nutrients work in harmony to give you strong, smooth nails.