Our skin, hair, and nails reveal a lot about our health and what’s happening in our bodies internally. Lack of sleep, lack of exercise, stress, and an unhealthy diet can cause deficiencies that we may not be aware of. If you find your skin is dull, your nails are easily breaking, or your hair is thinning and falling out, you may be low on nutrients. Luckily, there are plenty of supplements you can buy (such as Nature’s Secret Women’s 73 Nutrient Soft-Gel Multi Vitamin -our personal favorite) that contain several of these nutrients in one pill or you can take them separately depending on your needs. Here are 5 supplements that will help get your skin, hair, and nails in tip-top shape.
Iron & Vitamin C
Lack of iron causes anemia and hair loss and thinning. If you don’t eat a lot of meat or are a vegan or vegetarian, you’re more likely to have an iron deficiency. Make sure you get enough iron in your diet or combine it with an iron supplement that also has Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is not only great for cell regeneration and immunity, but helps properly absorb iron.
Biotin has long been lauded as “the” primary nutrient to healthy hair, skin, and nails. Biotin is a b complex vitamin that helps cells replicate and synthesize -vital to repairing and growing hair, nails, and skin. Biotin is not stored in the body, so it must be consumed regularly through our diet or supplements. Foods like eggs, salmon, blueberries, tuna, mushrooms, peanut butter, almonds, and avocados all contain sufficient levels of biotin. You can also ensure you’re getting enough biotin in your body by taking a supplement.
Omega-3 oils are one of the most essential nutrients for your body. Omega-3’s benefit just about every function of your body including brain function, cell regeneration, digestion, toxin elimination, and eye sight. Foods like fish, nuts, and spinach contain the the highest levels on Omega-3’s. You can also get a proper dose of Omega-3’s by taking flaxseed oil or a pill supplement.
Turmeric (most known for its use in curry) is a powerful antioxidant super spice used in Indian cultures for cooking and healing. It is one of the most beloved and researched plants of all time. Its active component is curcumin and it has been used since ancient times to heal the mind and body from ailments such as acne, rashes, fungus, depression, pain, dementia, diabetes and more. It can be taken in pill form or used externally to help heal acne, insect bites, fungal infections, and scarring.
Vitamin A (also known as retinol) is a vital nutrient for cell regeneration, bone growth, and immune health. It’s often used topically for acne and wrinkles as retinol or Retin-A to help with cell turnover and exfoliation. Vitamin A also helps the skin repel viruses and bacteria more effectively, so it’s a primary nutrient for immune system health. Vitamin A can be taken by pill to help improve your hair, skin, and nails. However, Vitamin A can become toxic when it builds up in the body, so it’s important that you take a proper dosage.
*This is not meant to be medical advice. Always consult a physician before starting a vitamin regimen.