Nail growth hormone?

  • Thread starter _Muddy_
  • Start date
  • #1
15
0

Main Question or Discussion Point

Nail growth hormone???

Hello

Don't actually know if this is the correct section but anyway.

Does anybody know how our fingernails grow? What stimulates them to grow? Is there something i could do more/take to help my nails grown quicker and stronger?

Thanks

_Muddy_
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
cristo
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
8,107
72
I don't know about hormones, but I think salt water helps growing and strengthening of nails. I only say this since, when I was a kid, we used to go on family holidays down south and I used to spend a lot of time swimming in the sea. After a few days my nails had grown a lot, and felt stronger too. This may just have been a coincidence, but I think there's some truth to it!
 
  • #3
798
0
He plays guitar if anyone has a raised eyebrow, or is questioning why a boy would want to grow his nails.
 
  • #4
cristo
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
8,107
72
He plays guitar if anyone has a raised eyebrow, or is questioning why a boy would want to grow his nails.
Nothing wrong with wanting strong nails: if I had strong nails perhaps I'd bite them less.

I am, however, a little concerned about your postcount.. it's a sign :devil:
 
  • #5
798
0
I couldn't really find anything on google, most of the searches came up with growing healthy nails and how to paint your nails.

This is what I found anyway:

How fast does the nail grow?

The overall growth of the nail within one month is approximately 3mm. However this does vary from person to person. To completely out grow a nail can take up to 6 months. As mentioned, growth rate does vary from person to person, there are many contributing factors such as; weather, health, age and a well balanced diet. The nail tends to grow faster in our early years, reaching its peak around the age of 10-14 and then the nail growth gradually slows down, as we get older. Growth is accelerated in the summer, during pregnancy and during sleep. Poor blood circulation, malnutrition, certain illnesses and some medications can slow down the growth rate. Each nail grows at a different rate. The smallest nail that we often refer to as our “pinkie” is the in fact the slowest, then the thumbs. The index finger generally grows at an accelerated rate in comparison to the others.

Brittle nails tend to have a low water content. The water content will effect the flexibility of the nails. Water content can vary from 10% to 30%. Nail varnishes and oils will prevent loss of water and encourage flexibility.
http://www.nail-solutions.co.uk/Nail anatomy.htm"

_Mayday_
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • #6
798
0
Nothing wrong with wanting strong nails: if I had strong nails perhaps I'd bite them less.

I am, however, a little concerned about your postcount.. it's a sign :devil:
http://www.hessian.org/metal/music/iron%20maiden%20beast.jpg [Broken]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBs33lXH06M"

_Mayday_
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • #7
15
0
I don't know about hormones, but I think salt water helps growing and strengthening of nails. I only say this since, when I was a kid, we used to go on family holidays down south and I used to spend a lot of time swimming in the sea. After a few days my nails had grown a lot, and felt stronger too. This may just have been a coincidence, but I think there's some truth to it!
So when im doing something like watching TV ill try soaking them in salt water?

Thanks

Open to any other suggestions
 
  • #9
15
0
is there an actualy hormone or something in the body which makes nails grow?
 
  • #10
794
1
http://www.azteenmagazine.com/nail-care.php?article=321 [Broken]
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • #11
67
165
Take a calcium supplement and gelatin capsules. Both are available at drug stores. Knox gelatin is one of the brands that comes to mind.
 
  • #12
Tsu
Gold Member
371
63
Drink milk.
 

Related Threads for: Nail growth hormone?

  • Last Post
Replies
22
Views
5K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
4K
Replies
5
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
9
Views
3K
  • Last Post
3
Replies
60
Views
14K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
2K
Replies
27
Views
4K
Replies
1
Views
3K
Top