Taking a balanced meal each day will ensure you have all the nutrients your body needs for it to function correctly. In today's world people are busy and don’t have time to prepare meals packed with the right amount of nutrients, and this has led to nutrients deficiency.
According to health experts, there are more than one nutrients you need for healthy nail growth. It doesn’t matter if you are a vegan or not you can get all these nutrients practically in both animals and plants products.
Calcium is the building block for nails, and it depends on vitamin D for its absorption. Whenever you have a deficiency of this vitamin, and you are taking in food rich in calcium, there is a possibility you are not taking in enough vitamin D to aid in its absorption.
Green leafy vegetables, dairy products, fish (especially those eaten with bones such as sardines), soya beans e.t.c. are good sources of Calcium. Calcium deficiency manifests through your nails, hair, teeth, and bone. It is hard not to notice you have a lack of this vital vitamin.
Oxygen is a vital component in body processes including nail growth. Hemoglobin is the supplier of oxygen and if it's production in the body is less it means less supply of oxygen. Iron aids in the generation of hemoglobin and it is vital for it to be in the body as required for the normal functioning of the body.
You can get iron from several plants and animal foods such as meat products, dairy products, spinach, beans e.t.c.
It contains antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals inside the body which alters the normal body processes. Both animals and plants are good sources of vitamin A sources and foods such as citric fruits, and spinach, eggs, cod, liver milk e.t.c are rich sources of this vitamin.
Cell division is a crucial part in the growth of healthy nails. Zinc is the mineral behind the process of cell division, and whenever you have a deficiency, you’ll notice a slowed growth rate and your nails are weak and break easily.
Foods rich in zinc are whole grains, eggs, meat, legumes, dairy products, nuts seeds e.t.c.
Protein is divided into various sub-groups and not all type of protein aids in the healthy growth of nails. Keratin is the only protein that is responsible for strong and healthy nails. Consuming food such as white meat, lean meat, beans, eggs, nuts e.t.c.
A deficiency of vitamin B12 presents with colored nails. It is essential to include this vitamin in your diet if you want to have a healthy body and nails. Iron needs vitamin B12 for its absorption, and if you are consuming iron-rich food without vitamin B12, it becomes unworthy since the iron will not be absorbed in your body correctly.
Collagen is a type of protein responsible for the shape of your nails and whenever there is a deficiency of it your nails start to curve and deform. Vitamin C assists in the manufacture of collagen, and because vitamin C isn’t produced naturally in the body, you can get in bell peppers, citrus fruits, vegetables, and tomatoes.