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Eating Avocados May Have This Underrated Beauty Bonus

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If you’ve started pondering those winter manicures, here’s one more reason to love your avocados. This week, two health experts offered scientific wisdom behind an avocado benefit some lovers of the food say they observe. If you’d like to soak in a little extra moisture when the temperature drops, here’s a reason you may want to count avocados as a go-to winter food.

Joe Graedon, M.S., and Teresa Graedon, PhD, host The People’s Pharmacy, a podcast inspired by health content the Graedons have penned for more than 40 years. In a recent column for the Seattle Times, the Graedons responded to a question from a reader who inquired about whether avocados have an effect on strengthening the nails. “I never had nice fingernails,” the reader said. “They were always soft and splitting. About a year ago, I started eating avocados. Not only do I have stronger fingernails, but my hair is thicker and healthy-looking, despite my years.”

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Though the Graedons said they “could find no scientific research demonstrating” this effect of avocados on stronger fingernails (and hair), they seemed to suggest the association might make sense. That’s because the skin, hair, and fingernails may all benefit from vitamins like vitamin E, of which the authors say avocado has an “ample” amount.

That’s in addition to other vitamins, like several B vitamins—in particular biotin, which Healthline has said is “thought to help with hair and nail growth.”

Plus, as most of us know, avocados are one of those powerful foods that provide healthy fats. Healthline has also suggested that fatty acids found in some plant foods—like chia seeds, nut butters, olive oil, and, yes, avocado—nourish the body with fat and minerals it needs to maintain healthy oil levels. Eating plenty of these foods along with a balanced diet in general can help ensure your body is getting what it needs to keep your hair, skin, and nails healthy and supple.

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