Can a supplement really improve your Skin, Hair & Nails?
We have many choices when it comes to vitamin supplements, each touting benefits of beautiful skin, thicker, stronger hair, and bullet-proof nails, the question isn’t always which one to try. Before you purchase another item in the natural health section, I think it’s fair to ask, “Can a vitamin supplement really improve your skin, hair & nails?”
As I approached 40, I became more serious about natural health and nutrition, and while discovering several products on the market, it wasn’t until I had a conversation with a MegaFood Regional Rep, Laura Theobold, that I started understanding the importance of gathering nutrients and creating supplements from actual foods, rather than simply from isolated, synthetic materials. Later while working at Dave’s Health in Salt Lake, of all the supplement companies that were represented, I loved the story of MegaFood the best, by using the slo-food method, the company’s long-standing integrity, and of course, that their products really do benefit people’s health!
From my experience, not all supplements are created the same, and it’s not easy to know unless you really trust where the supplement is being sourced from. I came up with a few questions that I would ask before purchasing or believing any claim on a supplement created to improve the skin, hair and nails.
I believe it’s important to ask not only what’s in the supplement, but why it’s being added and where is it sourced from. While there are dozens of skin, hair and nail formulas on the market, I wanted to point to one that I believe has done it right, the Skin, Hair, and Nails Formula from MegaFood. First and of great importance, I appreciate that MegaFood’s formula is sourced naturally and created from actual foods, foods that can be recognized and utilized fully by the body.
I asked MegaFood about this formula, and Erin Stokes, Naturopathic Doctor and Medical Director at MegaFood responded with the following:
1. What benefit do the following ingredients add to the Skin, Nails & Hair formula?
- Biotin & Vitamin E – Biotin, a B-complex vitamin, and Vitamin E both assist in promoting a healthy glow from the inside out by helping the body metabolize fats and proteins.*MegaFood delivers both of these vitamins in organic brown rice provided by Lundberg Family Farms.
- Vitamin B6 – Another member of the B-complex family, Vitamin B6 assists in turning food into energy for the body which is helpful in promoting healthy growth of new skin and hair cells.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
2. What makes MegaFood’s formula different than others on the market?
- MegaFood products start with a whole food base, such as oranges, cranberries, beets and brown rice, all provided by our Farm Fresh Partners. MegaFood then derives the nutrients needed for each product through its unique Slo-Food Process. During this process, whole foods are ground and mixed with additional nutrients and pressed into the tablets that you find inside each bottle.
While we all want a miracle in a bottle, these points would have to be considered as well:
Compliance and Time. You’ll have to take into consideration your particular skin type, hair and nail structure and growth rate. As we age, our surface skin cell turnover rate slows down and we cannot expect visible results until at least a full cycle (28 to 42 days) or more has occurred. It is logical to claim a similar outcome with hair and nails, it may take a while to notice visible results, so consistency of use and time are really going to determine any benefits received while taking a dietary supplement.
Your individual factors. The sum of many things go into the appearance and structure of our physical features. For the external ones: stress, hormones, genetics, diet, and your overall health each play a role. As a good rule, any big concern or change with the appearance of your skin, hair or nails can be an indication of a larger internal concern, so seeking professional medical advice would be advisable.