Vitamins & Almond Oil to Strengthen Nails

Almond oil is sweet and packed with moisture.

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Growing long, healthy nails takes patience and care. It’s not really possible to make your nails grow any faster, but you can help them grow stronger by taking care of them from the inside out. Proper nail care and a fresh, healthy diet can work wonders to strengthen weak nails.

Fingernail Facts

Your fingernails are mostly made of keratin, a kind of protein. Your hair also contains keratin. Fingernails grow out of your finger from the cuticle, which is line where your nails meet the skin at its bottom edge. How strong your fingernails are and how long they’ll grow depends on genetics, and can’t be changed much. What you eat can help, and so can keeping your nails form drying out.

Biotin

Biotin, also called vitamin H, may help strengthen your fingernails. Early clinical trials using an electron microscope showed that biotin use caused nails to grow in thicker, but many more studies are needed to prove it beyond a doubt.

Other Vitamins

Vitamin A is necessary to keep your hair, skin and nails healthy, clear and strong. You can get it by eating fruits and vegetables that are green, orange or yellow, such as spinach, kale, winter squash, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes and apricots. If you take a vitamin A supplement, the Mayo Clinic recommends taking 700 micrograms every day. Not getting enough iron can make nails grow in weird shapes, and a lack of zinc can cause white spots. Fortified breakfast cereals contain both minerals.

Almond Oil

Almond oil can’t make your nails grow faster or stronger, but it can keep your cuticles moist and help moisturize brittle nails. Almond oil is high in vitamin E. It is nongreasy and easily absorbed by your skin. Massaging almond oil into your cuticles at night won’t make your nails grow any faster, but the massage increases circulation and the oil keeps your nails moist and supple.

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