We have been writing about the importance of zinc nutrition and zinc supplementation for some time now and we have noticed that while many of the therapists and Doctors we supply are very aware of the issues associated with zinc deficiency, many who visit our site may not be. We have decided to dedicate our next few posts to the more noticeable aspects of zinc deficiency which most of us can easily identify. In this article we will discuss the importance of zinc in nail care.
Our nails are a vital part of our functionality and without them we would find many tasks very difficult at least or downright impossible. Scratching, scraping, manipulating, picking, poking, the list is endless. They are also highly seductive and erotic, and the sight of well-manicured strong nails, on women and men, can be a very powerful attractive force. For these reasons it makes sense for us to ensure we maintain our nails in good condition.
While much of the attention our nails get is cosmetic in nature and the many treatments we indulge in are external, it is important to understand the internal biology of what makes our nails strong and healthy and how our diet and nutrition can affect that. Our nails are made of a protein called keratin (alpha-keratin to be exact) and the production of that keratin is controlled by what we eat and how we live. There are many trace elements, minerals and nutrients that are vital to that growth but getting them, and getting them in the right balance may not be easy for everyone. Oyster extract contains all 59 trace elements the body needs to maintain good nails. These elements are balanced and organic in nature making them more effective.
Most people are familiar with the little white spots, lines and marks that appear regularly on the nails. This condition is called Leukonychia. This is one of the earliest signs that we may not be getting the correct nutrition from our diet. Other nail symptoms associated with this would be weak brittle nails, nails that peel and split, ridges on the nails, those annoying hang nails and many more.
Zinc is vitally important for controlling the enzymes active in the metabolism of proteins, in this case keratin. In fact, about 3000 proteins or 10% of all proteins in our body contain zinc as a co-factor. That means they cannot function correctly without zinc. Zinc is vital for strong nails and the lack of it results in weak brittle nails that grow very slowly if at all. Those familiar white spots on the fingernails are a symptom of zinc deficiency.
Oysters contain the highest source of zinc, 10 times higher than the next source which is beef. Oyster extract is the highest food source of this organic zinc. The effects on the nails is quite remarkable and nails will be visibly stronger in a matter of days when oyster extract is incorporated into the diet. We currently have many cosmetic technicians who are using our oyster extract in this way and achieving incredible results. When oyster extract is used the nails are stronger, repair faster and the subsequent manicures and pedicures look all the better because the nails are in such good shape to begin with.
A word of caution. Many brands of oyster extract are weak and contain little or no zinc. This is because the powder is diluted with fillers such as rice flour and the like. These are cheap alternatives. Marine Healthfoods is the only company that does pure oyster extract powder, from oysters sourced in Ireland, and we analyse every batch and put the zinc content on the bottle. We do this because many of our clients are medical professionals who require results and are not interested in placebo like alternatives. We have also analysed the other brands and found our oyster extract has nearly 20 times more zinc. Our brand is the caviar of oyster extract powder.