BY: Lively Staff

March 24, 2014

Healthy Nails and Collagen Supplements

Many factors are attributed to healthy nails and what causes them to weaken. Weakened nails can be caused by diet, aging, frequent nail polish use, or long time exposure to wet conditions. Ways to prevent brittleness in nails can be achieved by:

  • Using less nail polish
  • Wearing gloves while doing the dishes or activities where frequently dipping your fingers in water.
  • Balancing your diet

Nails grow a lot like hair. Cells form in the root of the nail and harden as they extend beyond the root. Balancing your diet with the amino acids found in a pure source of collagen supplement can help promote healthy nail growth.

Arginine and Healthy Nails

Arginine is one of the most important amino acids for nail growth. It can help immune function, reducing nail brittleness from disease. Where arginine shines is it’s role in producing nitric oxide, a compund which helps improve blood circulation and the supply of nutrients to the root of the nails themselves. Arginine can help improve the very first stages of nail growth.

Biotin can also help to promote healthy nail growth. Biotin is a water soluble b-complex vitamin found in foods or supplement form. When deficient in biotin, your body doesn’t use glucose as efficiently for protein and energy which is the base of cell growth in nails. Foods high in biotin are:

  • Carrots
  • Nuts
  • Raspberries
  • Cucumbers

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Peptide Smoothie For Healthy Nails

1/2 cup fresh squeezed, organic orange juice
1 large carrot
1 apple
1/2 cucumber
1 cup healthy greens
2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1. Prep your veggies and fruit by slicing the carrot, cucumbers and cutting up the apple.
2. Pour orange juice into blender along with Collagen Peptides.
3. Add cut and sliced veggies, fruit and greens.
4. Blend and enjoy.

The biotin in the carrot and cucumbers along with the amino acids in Vital Proteins Collagen Supplements can help promote healthy nails.

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