Beating dry, brittle nails

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Your nails may be trying to tell you more than you think and dry, brittle nails may be a reflection that something’s not quite right in your body.  Nails form part of the integumentary system which includes your hair, skin and nails. Strong, healthy nails not only look nice, they also help to protect the end of your fingers from injury and help to control your dexterity.

The nail matrix
The nail matrix is made up of clear, hardened skin cells which have been keratinised, or hardened and converted to keratin. Nails cover the nail bed, which is pink in colour due to the number of small capillaries present underneath.  Towards the cuticle, the nail tends to get thicker which gives the nail a white appearance as the capillaries tend not to show through as much in this area.  Nail growth occurs under the cuticle area and on average, nails grow around 1mm per week, although the nails on your longer fingers grow faster and nail growth is increased during the summer months.

Signs of poor nail health

  • Vertical or horizontal ridging
  • Cracking, splitting or peeling
  • Discolouration
  • Nail separating from the nail bed 
  • White spots

Top 4 nail support nutrients

Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, helps support and maintain healthy nails. Biotin supports nail strength and thickness.

Collagen is your body’s most abundant protein, representing approximately 30% of total body protein. Collagen is a structural component of skin and nails that provides tensile strength and firmness.

Silica is a trace mineral important for connective tissue strength and is abundant in skin and nails. Silica helps to maintain healthy nails and nail strength.

Zinc supports healthy connective tissue.

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