Heads-Up: These Are the Best Foods for Stronger Nails

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In the quest for healthy nails, booking the occasional manicure won't cut it. The foundation of their natural strength, length, and shininess lies in your diet. Take it from nutritionist Ali Heller, who says the amount of nutrient-dense food that you eat impacts pretty much everything—including your beauty routine

"When it comes to healthy hair, skin, and nails, specific ingredients are less important than getting a variety of nutrient-dense foods in your diet," she says. "Particularly, make sure to consume adequate protein, mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids (especially omega-3s), and foods high in antioxidants to protect against oxidative damage, which our skin is exposed to constantly." Doing this will improve your hair, skin, and nails from the inside out, which is ideal, yes?

This is why we asked Heller, along with nutritionist Isabel Smith, to name the specific foods you should eat to bolster and protect your nails (because healthy nails matter). Keep reading to the see the 10 foods that they recommend!

Next up, read all about the "brain diet," or the best foods for a healthy brain!