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What vitamins make hair & nails grow faster?

Updated April 17, 2017

Your hair and nails are made of a fibrous protein called keratin. The amount of certain keratin molecules determine stiffness, more keratin bonds make your nails hard, less keratin bonds make your hair flexible. Adding more of the vitamins and minerals containing substances to help keep these keratin bonds in place enhance the appearance of your hair and nails.

The Vitamins You Need

Vitamin A keeps hair shiny and nails from peeling. 5,000 IU of vitamin A is recommended everyday. Vitamin C, an antioxident, aids in preventing nails from splitting. Vitamin E increases scalp circulation and B6 helps to prevent hair loss and increase melanin which gives hair pigment. Vitamin B12 promotes healthy nail colour and normal nail growth

The Minerals You Need

Minerals as well as vitamins are essential to grow healthy nails and hair. Calcium, copper, iodine, manganese and silica all have been shown to contribute to hair and nail growth. Zinc and iron deficiency are thought to contribute to the white spots that often appear on nails. Biotin is thought to boost the production of keratin. The daily recommended dosage is 150 to 300 mg.

Getting Your Vitamins and Minerals

Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. The vitamins and minerals you need are naturally available in the food you eat. You can take supplements, but over usage of supplements can be dangerous. Consult your doctor before you start your vitamin program. You need at least 2 to 3 months to see any change in your hair or nails. Vary your diet, include foods you like and are rich in the minerals and vitamins contributing to beautiful hair and nails.

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About the Author

Greta Chapin-McGill has been a writer and beauty professional for more than 15 years. Her articles have appeared in "Nails Magazine" and "les Nouvelles Esthetiques." Chapin-McGill attended Howard University and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., studying painting and art history. She is now a features writer for SantaFe.com.