I run a website that is designed to bring you the best information on health and beauty, and nails are something I get a lot of questions about. People suffer from brittle nails or nails that just seem to never grow. I understand because I have suffered with this problem my whole life.
Does Biotin make your nails grow? The science reports that proper nutrition can definitely help with nail growth, and part of that important nutrition is an important vitamin called Biotin. Biotin is a B complex vitamin, and I am going to go over this important vitamin along with some other remedies for brittle or slow-growing nails. Let’s get your nails in tip-top shape!
Most of the time, the reason people think their nails are growing slowly is that they are actually experiencing breakage due to their nails being brittle. The nails break off leaving the person with shorter nails. The strength of the nail is really the answer to the problem here.
What causes brittle nails?
There are many culprits, and one of the main ones is a lack of vitamins. B vitamins, especially Biotin, are needed to have healthy, strong nails. Some people might have a lack of calcium or zinc as well. Vitamins C and A also play a role in nail health.
What else could be a cause? Studies suggest that people who are constantly wetting and drying their nails could be susceptible to brittle nails as well. There are some professions where this occurs constantly, medical professions, restaurant professions, etc.
Other factors that could contribute to brittle nails are various medical conditions like thyroid problems or anemia. If your problems persist after taking the Biotin, you will probably want to have your physician or dermatologist see what could be going on and recommend alternate treatment.
What exactly is Biotin?
Biotin is a B vitamin. It means “life” or “sustenance.” It’s no wonder, because this B vitamin (which was previously known as Vitamin H) is critical during pregnancy for your precious baby’s growth, and this beauty will provide health to your skin, your hair, your nails, your eyes, your liver and your nervous system! Wow!!
Now, top that with its ability to help regulate blood sugar and you’ve got a winner! Ding-ding-ding!
Other remedies for brittle nails
Wearing gloves is, of course, one way to avoid this pitfall, but that is not always possible. Covering your nails with nail polish definitely helps, and if you are male, you could try a clear coat for protection.
Keeping your hands and nails moisturized also helps a great way to deal with brittle nails.
Constantly wearing nail polish can cause nails to be brittle and break as well. That is because regular nail polish contains Formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen.
Don’t worry – I provide a lot of alternatives at the bottom of this article to help you keep your nails looking beautiful!
What foods contain Biotin?
My first recommendation for your fountain of youth lifestyle is always to eat healthy foods. Your diet is critical to all aspects of your health and your beauty. My second recommendation is to drink enough water. That is your first true fountain of youth ingredient.
That being said, let’s get into the foods that specifically contain Biotin. I highly recommend supplementing your diet daily with Biotin because it is truly that important, but you want to really make an effort to start thinking about incorporating these wonderful foods into your diet. You may not like them all, but I’m sure there are a few on the list that you will enjoy!
Here you go:
My daughter is not a mushroom lover, and I feel bad because mushrooms are so fantastically good for you. They are not referred to as the “plant of immortality” for no reason! They are a superfood! High in fiber but low in calories, they are loaded with antioxidants. They contain our beloved Biotin, Selenium, Niacin, Riboflaven, Potassium and the miraculous Vitamin D.
Mushrooms boost your immune system and help prevent obesity, respiratory infections, and protect the body from free radicals. They are amazingly gut-friendly, too, as they help out your good bacteria in the gut! They are low in carbs and super high in fiber!
Next, mushrooms have cancer-fighting properties. Double wow!
Eat these gems in delicious recipes, raw in a salad (although it is reported they are better for you cooked), as a coffee or elixir, but whatever way you do it, eat them!
This is by far my favorite vegetable, and I eat it every single day. This superfood is top of my list. I put it in my eggs, I fry it in a pan as a side, and I always include it in my salad.
If you are not a huge fan of spinach, get creative with this gem. Go ahead and add it to your favorite smoothie recipe. Chop it finely and add it to soups and stews. You can even chop it and add it to your favorite tomato sauces.
This vegetable is loaded with Biotin, and is loaded with fiber as well!
Spinach is absolutely loaded with nutrients. It contains Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Calcium and Iron. It has other B vitamins like B6 and B9 as well as the Biotin.
Spinach is another cancer-fighting food, and it helps lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease. It’s great for your hair, your skin and your nails.
Popeye wasn’t chugging the stuff for nothing!
These gems just keep popping up in all my articles. Well, I mean, think about it. Eggs contain little sacks (the yolk) which feed and sustain the little baby chicken throughout it’s entire development process. That’s a lot of nutrients packed into those yolks which you can benefit from, and they are absolutely delicious.
Even if you aren’t a fan of eggs, you can use them in making treats like French Toast or eggnog! They are so loaded with nutrition, I recommend you eat them often. They are one of the most Biotin-rich foods on the planet!
Eggs are also loaded with protein of the highest quality. They also contain Calcium, Iron, Vitamin E, Folate, Zinc and Potassium. Awesome!
* Legumes and Nuts
Give me a handful of almonds every day. Walnuts, too. These morsels are absolutely loaded with nutrition. Protein galore, lots of antioxidants, tons of fiber, Vitamin E, Manganese and Magnesium.
The same holds true with walnuts, loaded with those brain healthy Omega 3’s, Iron, Selenium, Calcium, Vitamin E, wonderful Biotin, and Zinc!
Legumes are loaded with fiber and protein! They are super inexpensive, so add them to all your soups and stews!
One great thing with legumes is that they make you feel fuller, so they are great for weight loss and managing your blood sugar levels, as they have a low glycaemic index.
Legumes contain our sought-after Biotin, as well as Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Folate and Calcium! Yes!
So crunchy and delicious, I love raw cauliflower cut up with some hummus or guacamole! This delicious treat is loaded with Biotin, and the variety of dishes you can prepare with cauliflower are endless.
This delicious food contains fiber, Potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, and Potassium!
This cancer-fighting plant helps with weight loss and digestion, has choline which is good for your memory, and it has been used lately as a substitute for mashed potatoes and pizza crust.
So go ahead and use this healthy alternative to your favorite “bad” foods! You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well it works and how absolutely delicious it tastes!
* Sweet Potatoes
I turned my son onto adding sweet potatoes to his Shepherd’s pie, and it has become a favorite dish for him. Regular white potatoes should be eaten in moderation, so we have been using sweet potatoes (and cauliflower) to substitute for these in our favorite dishes. Sweet potatoes rock when it comes to Biotin, too!
These delicious treats actually contain super high levels of our precious Biotin, and they also include beta carotene! Talk about cancer prevention!
Your skin, hair and nails will thank you if you start adding sweet potatoes to your favorite recipes and meals!
To top off the list, sweet potatoes are also loaded with antioxidants, Iron, Calcium, Selenium and Vitamin C. Amazing!
Check with your Doctor
As with everything you change in your daily routine, check with your doctor. Just make sure that taking Biotin won’t interfere with any medications you are currently taking. I’ve studied nutrition for years, but I am not a doctor, so always take your health seriously and keep your doctor in the loop.
I always give my doctor a call when I come across a new supplement or word on a new remedy, and I pick her brain. She’s my doctor, and she wants what is best for me. If she doesn’t know, she will usually do a little research and get back to me. Do the same!
Where can you get Biotin
There are a lot of ways to get and take Biotin, and I’ve written a separate article all about Biotin for the hair, and it will give you some great choices for Biotin for your hair. Here is that article for reference:
Take a look here to get more information on the very best Biotin for your nails:
Biotin Remedies for the Inside
ELECTRIC – Lion’s Mane Mushroom Extract Powder – USDA Organic
Biotin (10,000mcg) with Organic Coconut Oil | Supports Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails | Non-GMO Verified & Vegan Certified (120 Veggie-Softgels)
Biotin Remedies for the Outside
Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish, Total Two-In-One Glaze
Did you know that leaving nail polish on your nails too long can also cause them to break and split? Here’s some information and some fantastic products to help you out:
Dr.’s REMEDY Anniversary 3 Piece Boxed Set, Brave Berry/Resilient Rose
Hard As Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream with Coconut Scent Nail Strengthener, Nail Growth & Conditioning Cuticle Cream Stops Splits, Chips, Cracks & Strengthens Nails
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