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Supplements for healthy hair and nails

PhotobucketIf you’re worried about the luster of your hair and nails, there are solutions to expensive conditioners and regular manicures by switching to dietary supplements that can work from within to give to shiny locks and sturdy nails.

A well-known brand of pre-natal supplements, Phyto Phytophanere Dietary Supplement for Hair & Nails, is gaining ground as a natural way to get rid of dullness.

What are the ingredients? They are not overly unfamiliar nutrients that boost good skin, too — carotene, wheat germ oil, fish oil, borage seed oil and brewer’s yeast.

Let’s look at the more exotic ingredients. Brewer’s yeast is an active yeast used to make beer which is also a rich blend of minerals (particularly chromium), protein, and the B-complex vitamins. We don’t think chugging mugs of beer will help though — beer has alcohol that would age skin and everything else.

The other uncommon name in the list is borage seed oil — this actually has the highest concentration of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) naturally found, higher than in any other plant source. GLA is an Omega-6 fatty acid, an essential fatty acid, that is also found in evening primrose oil. Fish oil, on the other hand, is packed full of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Other dietary supplements great for skin, hair and nails:

Biotin. Also known as Vitamin H or B7, biotin is essential for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids, so it’s no wonder that many beauty products actually contain biotin.

Silica. Silica is an essential building block of collagen, which is the “glue” that holds our body’s cells together. So the presence of silica is vital to keeping skin supple and hair and nails strong.

MSM. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) has long been used to improve hair growth in horses. This super nutrient is also the 3rd largest ingredient found in the human body and is a natural form of organic sulfonyl sulfur compound that is found in the fluid of all living organisms. The sulfur normally provided to the body by MSM is channeled to making healthy collagen and keratin that are essential for healthy hair, skin and nails.

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