Convention of Statesmen


Health: Hair, Skin & Nails, Part 7

From our previous installment:

Any multi-vitamin which contain adequate amounts of the above listed vitamins, minerals and nutrients will stand you in good stead. If your body has what it needs it can send the necessary nutrients to your hair, skin and nails. After all, isn’t that what we’re shooting for here? Good health that shows.


When looking to add supplementation in your diet in the form of vitamins and mineral formulas for your hair, make certain the one you choose has a good balance of the following:

Niacin, Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Iodine, Zinc, Manganese, Choline, Inositol, Para Amino Benzoic Acid, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Lysine, L-Methionine, L-Phenylalaninr, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, L-Valine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Serine, L-Glutamic Acid, L-Proline, L-Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Cystine, L-Tyrosine, L-Histidine, and L-Arginine.

In addition, there are numerous herbs which help with hair growth and health. They are as follows:

Aloe, Apache Plume, Bayberry, Curry Leaf, Hibiscus, Little Mallow, Maidenhair Fern, Peruvian Balsam, Soap Tree, and Sweet Vernal Grass.

For further definition of what each of these herbs do for the hair, please check Appendix A in the back of the booklet. There you will find additional things these herbs are known to do, just as a note of interest.


Vitamin C and Biotin, along with a number of your basic nutrients are necessary for health skin. If you are eating a healthy diet and have selected and are faithfully taking a quality mutli-vitamin you’re well on your way to healthy skin.

Some additional herbs which can help with skin conditions are as follows:

Aloe, Alder Buckthorn, Almond, Angelica, Baical Skullcap, Balloon Vine, Barberry, Basil, Bayberry, Bishop’s Weed, Bittersweet, Bloodroot, Buckthorn, Gotu Kola, Hibiscus, Maidenhair Fern, and Parsley.


There are particular nutrients which are necessary for healthy nails. Dryness, brittleness, hang nails, white bands, splitting nails are symptoms of lack of a particular nutrient.

• Dryness and brittleness are caused by a lack of Vitamin A and Calcium.
• Hang nails are caused by a lack of Protein, Folic acid and Vitamin C.
• White bands across the nails are caused by Protein deficiency.
• Splitting Nails can be caused by a lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid.
• Excessive dryness, very rounded and curved ends, as well as darkening of the nails can be caused by an insufficient intake of Vitamin B12.
• White spots on the nails can be caused by lack of Zinc.
• Cuts or cracks in the nails may indicate a need for more water. You should be drinking a minimum of 64 ounces a day of clean water.
• Red skin around the cuticles can be caused by poor metabolism of essential fatty acids.

Eat a diet composed of 50% fruit and raw vegetables in order to supply necessary vitamins minerals and enzymes. Lack of Biotin, found in chocolate, organ meats, oatmeal, egg yolk, soy, mushrooms, bananas, peanuts, and brewers yeast, can be tied to graying skin, hair loss, brittle nails and a multitude of illnesses.

Drink plenty of water and other liquids, staying away from carbonated and alcoholic drinks (unless your using beer for a hair treatment.)

You can supplement your diet with royal jelly, spirulina, kelp, B Vitmains which help to strengthen your nails.

Calcium and phosphorous, found in high amounts in fresh carrot juice, are excellent for strengthening nails.

A number of herbs can be taken in order to strengthen your nails. They are:

Evening Primrose and Gotu Kola.

Check in next Thursday for the next installment in healthy hair, skin and nails, thereby enjoying all over health.

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Health: Hair, Skin & Nails, Part 7 Health: Hair, Skin & Nails, Part 7 Reviewed by Candace Salima on Monday, September 22, 2008 Rating: 5