Mom used to tell us that if we kept eating too many potato chips, we’d turn into a spud! Clearly there was no real risk of a human transmuting into a starch, but mom did have a point. What we eat and the vitamins we take have real effects on our bodies. There’s one vitamin in particular that could have a positive impact on your hair, skin and nails.
Biotin, a water-soluble B vitamin, works with the other B vitamins to metabolize the food you eat. This in turn nourishes your hair, skin and nails, leaving them stronger and healthier.
“Biotin supplementation has been shown to reduce finger nail spitting and improve the thickness of the nail bed,” says Dr. Jennifer Stagg, naturopathic physician and author of Unzip Your Genes: 5 Choices To Reveal A Radically Radiant You.
“As you age, your body doesn’t absorb Biotin as well,” says Dr. Luiza Petre, MD, director of the Medi-Weightloss Clinics. “Supplements can promote healthy cell growth.”
Being in good health overall shows up on your body and the opposite is true, too. Weak hair, a rough complexion and discolored nails could signal a vitamin deficiency or the warning signs of a health concern. Ask your primary care doctor if taking a Biotin supplement is right for you!