A Supplements Guide: What You Need to Stay Healthy
Beauty SupplementsThe Claim: Taking certain supplements can improve the appearance of your hair and skin.
The Big Picture: If only! Save the money you'd spend on vitamins for a pretty ponytail holder instead. "How you treat your hair -- the shampoos you use and limiting blow-drying and coloring -- is what affects how it looks," says Karen Burke, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.
However, some data does show that antioxidants such as C, E, and A (topically and internally) can protect the skin from sun damage, says Shao.
Bottom Line: Get the nutrients you need for healthy skin and hair from a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Certain deficiencies can cause brittle nails or pale skin, but talk to your doctor before taking specific supplements to treat these conditions.
Originally published in Fitness magazine, April 2006.
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