What’s So Important About Hair and Nails?
Okay, be honest; we all would love to have those perfect nails, and that beautiful glossy hair that looks like the magazine models.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look great; in fact, when it comes to your hair and nails, it is important to keep them healthy, and to respond when they need attention.
Whether or not you’re keeping up with the visits to the salon, the health of your hair and nails is like a measuring rod that indicates the condition of your whole self. If your nails and hair are becoming dull and brittle, or if they are not growing at a sufficient rate, it could be indicative of a deeper problem, such as nutrient deficiencies.
How Healthy Hair and Nails Happen
In order for the body to produce healthy hair and nails, it needs to be getting a variety of vitamins and minerals. While some may focus on lotions, manicures/pedicures, and specialty shampoos, it is even more important to scrutinize your diet to find out if you are giving your body what it needs to sustain itself properly.
Decades of research show a noticeable connection between hair loss and Iron deficiency. Leonid Benjamin Trost, MD; Wilma Fowler Bergfeld, MD; and Ellen Calogeras, RD, MPH released an article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology discussing the great benefits of treating hair loss with Iron supplements, and attested to the value of the mineral in promoting thicker, healthier hair growth.
In the same way, Iron helps build strong healthy nails by enriching the red blood cells with oxygen, and enabling the body to grow the nails with maximum ability. A deficiency in Iron will result in dry, brittle nails, or may even lead to deformities in the nail growth.
Although it may seem simple enough to start taking Iron supplements, caution is strictly advised; overdoses of Iron can cause health problems, just as serious as a deficiency. One of the best and safest ways to get your Iron is by finding foods that are rich in this essential mineral; food-based Iron is easily absorbed and will be consumed in safe levels, rather than in a highly concentrated supplement tablet.
The human body uses protein to build pretty much every type of material you’re composed of; bones, muscle, cartilage, tendons, …and yes, hair and nails too! In fact, your hair and nails are made almost entirely from protein.
Because of the significant usage of this nutrient, high-protein diets are gaining popularity; but it is important to realize that consuming too much might be less affective than simply consuming the proper amount from a good source.
Longterm health consequences of high-protein diets are still being studied, but there is evidence that an over abundance can throw the body out of functioning balance, especially when many other nutritious vegetables are rejected in favor of strict meat/protein and often fatty foods.
Once again, the wisest choice is to feast on a variety of nutritious food sources that meet the recommended daily values of vitamins and minerals.
This somewhat obscure nutrient has an important function in the construction and well-being of your hair and nails. Magnesium plays an vital role in promoting Protein Synthesis (the process of utilizing protein to build cells). Because our hair and nails are almost entirely made up of protein, it is necessary for protein synthesis to occur at constant high rates in order to keep up the fresh color and shine.
Magnesium also helps the bones absorb calcium. When calcium is not readily absorbed, it tends to collect on the scalp where it can clog hair follicles and interfere with hair growth.
Black Gram is Has What It Takes!
Conveniently, Black Gram (Vigna Mungo) is a valuable source for these essentials! Check out these numbers:
- 95% RDV Iron
- 45% RDV Protein
- 67% RDV Magnesium
Black Gram has unusually high levels of the important nutrients for hair and nail growth, making it an ideal choice for those who are wanting get their hair and nail health back on track. And although this is only a small representation of the incredible nutrient content of Black Gram, it shows the amazing impact that it can have on your life.
Adding this legume to your diet gives you a safe and natural way to receive what your body needs to grow healthy hair and nails without taking questionable supplement dosages. It can even be made into a paste to wash your hair with as a dandruff removal, and to add some extra shine!
This superfood is a little marvel that contains so many health benefits, it’s no wonder it has been highly valued as medicine food in India for thousands of years!
When your food is your medicine, it just becomes a part of your life; easy, fulfilling, and delicious!