You nail is one of the best indicators of how healthy you are eating – and to get healthier looking nails all you have to do is eat certain nutrient-rich foods. Doctors often use nails as an indicator of overall health, says dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D., an assistant professor of dermatology at New York Medical College. Since your body sends nutrients to your vital organs first, your nails often are the last to get the good stuff—which means if you’re malnourished, it’s going to show up on your fingertips.
Even if you have a healthy diet, that doesn’t mean that your nails will be free from problems like brittleness or a glacial rate of growth, says Engelman. After all, your genetics influence your tips, too. That said, chowing down on foods rich in nutrients that nails love can help get them in their best shape. Here, check out seven foods that will boost your nail growth and strength so you can get your prettiest mani ever.