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Are there supplements for healthy nails?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Supplements for nails are available in pills and drink mixes. They typically contain nutrients including antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, even gelatin, and usually carry promises of making nails stronger or helping them grow faster. Although nutrient deficiencies can sometimes cause problems in nails, there is no good evidence that taking supplements can make nails grow stronger or faster in people who consume a healthy diet. The one possible exception is biotin, a B vitamin. In a recent review of multiple studies that have looked at dietary supplements for nails, doctors at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York concluded that supplements of biotin could improve brittle nails. The best approach may be to include biotin-rich meats and cereals in your diet. Consult your doctor before taking any supplements. 

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