One of the key ingredients in our Beauty & Go range of beauty drinks is collagen. In addition to benefiting your skin, collagen can also help keep your fingernails healthy and strong. We’re outlining how to keep your nails healthy, including collagen’s role in doing so.
Collagen is one of the main structural proteins of the body, forming the various tissues known as connective tissues – these include the skin, bones, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and muscles. It has great tensile strength, (meaning strong when pulled), giving strength to these important structural tissues.
As we age, collagen production in the body naturally slows down, and this results in signs of ageing such as wrinkled skin and deterioration in tissues such as fingernails, bones, joints and muscles. Other factors that can lead to collagen losses are an unhealthy diet, lacking in nutrients, stress and environmental damage such as overexposure to the sun.
Like other parts of the body, the health of our nails is affected by several factors, including the nutrients we get from our diet. Your nails require a variety of nutrients including protein, vitamins and minerals to stay strong and healthy. A poor diet, lacking in essential nutrients can therefore soon lead to weak, splitting nails. This is not just about vanity though; the appearance and strength of our nails is an excellent barometer of our internal health. The fingernails can often be the first place to show visible signs of mineral deficiencies, for example, white spots can be a sign of zinc deficiency and vertical ridges can be a sign you need more iron.