Biotin Supplements Are Linked to Long, Stronger Nails: TRUE
You won’t make your nails grow more quickly if you take this dietary supplement. But several studies show that biotin can strengthen brittle nails, making them less likely to split or break, so you may be able to grow your nails longer after taking the supplement regularly.
Biotin is often sold by itself as a dietary supplement or as an ingredient in vitamins sold to improve the look of the skin, hair, and/or nails.
Busy Fingers Make for Longer Fingernails: FALSE
Though there aren’t any studies to prove it, people who move their fingers constantly may, indeed, have slightly quicker-growing nails.
Still, that doesn’t necessarily mean longer nails. Why not? Nails with more impact on the tips tend to break more.
Moisturizers Help Maintain Nail Length: TRUE
Keeping your nails moist won’t help them grow quicker, but it can keep them from breaking sooner.
Nails need lubrication, just like our hands and skin, during the winter months. Every time you wash your hands, put a little hand cream on; it’s much richer and thicker than just a body lotion.
Wear gloves or mittens outdoors in cold weather, and use rubber gloves when you’re doing chores around the house.
Once nails come out from under the cuticle, they’re dead tissue, so there’s no way to repair it. Detergents and dish soap can make the nails dry and split. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves around any soaps or cleansers, even if you’re only washing one dish or one window.
A High-Protein Diet Can Speed Nail Growth: FALSE
A protein deficiency can lead to weakened, slow-growing nails, so some web sites suggest that eating or drinking more protein (even specialized protein shakes) can help the nails grow more quickly.
Don’t believe it, and don’t drink protein shakes for this reason alone.
Increasing protein intake is a myth as far as strengthening your nails.
Garlic Speeds Nail Growth: FALSE
Some women with long, attractive nails swear by garlic. They say that they rub halved raw garlic on their nails regularly, or they mince garlic, stuff it into a bottle of clear nail polish, then paint their nails weekly with it. They claim to grow longer, stronger nails quicker than their friends who don’t know their secret.
Why have people targeted garlic? Possibly because the bulb is high in selenium, and some studies have linked low selenium levels to weaker nails. But no research has found a connection between garlic ingestion or application and longer, stronger, or quicker-growing nails.
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