Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Scientifically Proven

Nourishing your mind, body, and spirit enhances your natural glow. A healthy diet, exercise, and skin/nail routine are what produce and keep healthy and strong nails, hair, and smooth skin. In addition to those things as well as regular scheduled manicures, certain supplements can provide a constant supply of essential nutrients that you may not receive from your diet. The following have been scientifically proven to help deliver firmer and healthier nails and skin.

Healthy and Strong Nails
Biotin - is a B vitamin needed for the formation of energy yielding fatty acids and glucose, and helps with the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It’s a water-soluble vitamin that won’t build up in the body and cause side effects. It can be found naturally in food such as liver, cauliflower, salmon, carrots, egg yolks, sardines, mushrooms, bananas, and legumes. A recent study published by a professor of clinical dermatology at Columbia University, show that daily supplementation with 2.5mg of biotin significantly improves nail strength; thus making them firmer, harder, and less likely to crack or chip.

Soft and Smooth Skin
Omega-3 Fatty Acids – have been proven in countless studies to help heal dry skin and the rough red patches of psoriasis and eczema. A published study in the British Journal of Dermatology announced that volunteers with severe dermatitis taking high levels omega-3 oils saw a 30% decrease in symptoms. Omega- 3 essential fats surround the membranes of our skin cells. Our bodies cannot produce these essential oils, therefore we must obtain them from diet or supplements in order to keep the lubricating layer that keeps skin supple. They also aid in the production of hormones that improve skin texture and help combat the inflammatory damage caused by free radicals. Omega-3s can be obtained by eating salmon, mackerel, and albacore tuna twice a week and/or by taking 1,000mg of omega-3 oils a day

Always check with your physician before beginning a supplement regimen.