No matter who you are, the quest for beauty, however we personally choose to define it, is something that is intrinsic to human nature and, as a result, we place much focus toward what we put on our hair, skin and nails. Scientific studies show that what we take into our bodies can also affect our appearance, for better or worse. Instead of doing a deep dive in the latest research, we’ve done it for you. If you want to find out about the top nutrients for great looking hair, skin and nails, read on.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Your hair, skin and nails all contain protein, in fact it is the building block that gives your hair, skin and nails its structure. Collagen is an extremely rich source of protein. There’s compelling evidence that suggests collagen supplements can enhance the skin’s own production of collagen.* One double-blind study showed that collagen improved skin elasticity after 8 weeks of daily supplementation. Collagen does not seem to have much effect on skin moisture levels, but its potential for increasing elasticity could improve the appearance of wrinkles and aging skin.*
If you’re tired of brittle nails that break often, you might benefit from a little extra collagen in your diet.* Daily supplementation with collagen produced a 12% increase in nail growth as well as reduced breakage in a recent study. Brittle nails could be a sign of vitamin deficiency or illness, so it is wise to have your vitamin levels checked by a qualified healthcare practitioner to rule out any serious health issues.
This ingredient is used in not only skin care products but cosmetic fillers and supplements for joint health. Its moisturizing properties are unmatched as it can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. It provides lubrication for joints and is plentiful in youthful skin.* Hyaluronic content in the skin decreases as we age which causes the skin to lose its plump and supple appearance. Clinical research shows that supplementing the diet with hyaluronic acid can not only improve moisture levels in the skin but enhance our skin’s production of collagen which slows down as we get older.* Nature's Lab Hyaluronic Acid with BioCell Collagen & MSM provides 100mg of hyaluronic acid in a serving, plus you get the benefit of hydrolyzed collagen and MSM to further intensify the benefits for your skin.
This all-star nutrient has a well earned reputation for enhancing the growth of hair and nails.* Biotin deficiency can lead to hair loss, so it's important to get your recommended daily amount. However, it’s worth noting that if your biotin levels are already healthy, taking additional biotin will not lead to an improvement in hair skin and nails.
For some, pimples and breakouts aren’t just confined to the teenage years, but last well into adulthood. A recent study showed that participants with severe acne had significantly lower levels of vitamin D than those with clearer skin. Vitamin D3 is more biologically active within our bodies and may raise serum levels more quickly than vitamin D2. Besides supplements, you can find this clear skin enhancing vitamin in mushrooms, fatty fish and fortified milk.
Methylsulfonylmethane is often taken for joint health, but this nutrient has multi-tasking abilities. MSM is essentially a type of sulfur. There are entire lines of sulfur-based topical skin care products on the market. However, research shows that sulfur-containing MSM supplements also affect the skin in a positive manner.* Several studies show it directly interacts with genes that regulate signs of aging and skin barrier function.* It is highly anti-inflammatory and may show benefits for those battling frequent breakouts.*
Vitamin K1 and K2
Vitamin K is proving to be more than just a nutrient the body needs for proper blood clotting. Vitamin K has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can contribute to glowing skin.* Breakdown of collagen and elastin causes wrinkles and deep creases to appear on the skin’s surface. In various clinical trials vitamin K facilitated a slower breakdown of elastin in the skin.*
Horsetail Extract (Equisetum arvense)
Horsetail extract is garnering attention for its ability to promote a lush head of hair.* A double blind study showed that it helped increase hair growth in women with thinning hair. Horsetail has a high silica content which can strengthen the hair and reduce the appearance of thinning.*
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