Question: I am a lifelong sufferer of weak nails. They break with even the slightest use; do you have any suggestions?
16 September, 2008 – 12:59
Answer: Weak nails are a common complaint in both men and women and unlike that bottle of malt in the dining-room cabinet, they are unlikely to improve with age!
In fact ageing is one of the most common causes.
As we get older our connective tissues lose water and become starved of nutrients. They gradually lose their strength, resulting in wrinkles, weak hair and brittle nails.
Silicon, the essential trace element, helps to restore the water content in the connective tissue. This allows essential nutrients to be absorbed more easily, improving the condition of your skin, hair and nails.
One particularly effective supplement is Silicea from Hübner, a pure mineral combination of bio-available silicon and water.
As a general supplement one tablespoon should be diluted in a glass of water once a day.
Dietary changes can also help to improve the condition of your nails.
Swiss research has shown that Biotin, a B vitamin, can strengthen nails by up to 25% and prevent them from splitting.
Biotin is naturally available in cauliflower, peanuts and lentils, but in order to obtain the recommended 2.5mg a day, you will need to take it in supplement form.
Finally, to keep your nails strong you should try to protect them as much as possible.
Water is probably their biggest enemy. Nails expand when wet and contract when dry, which eventually makes them weak.
So make sure you wear rubber gloves when doing the dishes and preferably ones with a separate cotton lining. Cotton absorbs sweat, so your nails won’t get wet inside your gloves.
You do realise however, that without gloves you have the perfect excuse not to do the dishes? This might cause a few family disputes though…