In order for your body to put the protein you eat to use, you need an amino acid called cysteine, which is found in this super-common vegetable, says Adigun.
This delicious pink fish has lots of protein and contains zinc, which helps your body absorb the protein you consume. It also contains the nutrients selenium and copper, which aid in the production of the collagen that can boost nail growth, says Engelman.
Eating healthy fats like coconut oil enhance your body's ability to absorb nutrients, says Engelman. This ingredient also contains vitamins A, D, E, and K, all of which contribute to nail strength.
Like eggs, chicken has lots of strength-building vitamin B and protein. Plus, this easy-to-find food contains zinc. These three nutrients create a trifecta for nail growth, says Engelman.
Eating spinach is a great idea for your overall health—and your nail health, says Engleman. That's because the dark green veggie has vitamin E, iron, B vitamins, folate, and vitamin A, all of which benefit nail strength and growth.
You might want to start thinking about replacing your stash of almonds with these babies. They're packed with collagen-building selenium, zinc, vitamin B, and vitamin E.
Munching on these oh-so healthy foods will set you up for healthy and strong nails, but since it takes about six months to regrow an entire nail, keep in mind that you might not see any difference for at least three months, says Adigun.