Beauty Pills: Should You be Taking Beauty Supplements?

Should You Be Taking Hair, Skin and Nails Vitamins?

The idea of a beauty supplement holds wide appeal because of its ease and the perceived effectiveness of anything in “pill” form, but do these supplements really work? There’s a dizzying selection of hair, skin and nails vitamins out on the market, claiming stronger, longer, healthier, and more lustrous beauty at all different price points, but consumers should be well aware that most beauty supplements contain ingredients that haven’t been clinically proven to be effective for use as hair, skin, and nails vitamins — and the ones that do work are only going to be effective if you have a deficiency.

Here are Some of the Best Hair, Skin and Nails Vitamins & Supplements Out There

Gamma Linoleic Acids

Also known as GLA, gamma linoleic acids are a key component of hair, skin and nails vitamins. GLA can support skin, hair, and nail health when used over an extended period of time, so you’ll find it in all of the best beauty supplements. Supplements can be used to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, and can prevent hair and nail breakage. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, its anti-inflammatory properties can also be effective in treating symptoms of arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and PMS.

Dr. Weil recommends taking 500 milligrams twice a day for at least six to eight weeks in order to see the benefits of a GLA supplement. You have your choice between getting your GLAs through an evening primrose oil or a black currant oil formulation. If you are on any medications, be aware that GLA can interact with blood thinners and reduce blood pressure, and may also interfere with the effects of antidepressants.

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