Brittle Nails and Other Nail Problems

Nails are a substructure of the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). They are composed mainly of keratin, a type of protein. Healthy nail beds are pink, indicating a rich blood supply. Change or abnormalities in the nails are often a result of nutritional deficiencies or other underlying conditions.

Hangnails: A lack of protein, folate (B9) and Vitamin C causes hangnails.

White bands across the nails are an indication of protein deficiencies.

Fragility: A deficiency of the B vitamins causes fragility with horizontal and vertical ridges. Insufficient intake of vitamin B12 leads to excessive dryness.

“Spoon nails” (nails that develop in a concave shape) or vertical ridges:
Iron deficiency.

White spots: Zinc deficiency.

Splitting nails: a lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

One of the things you could be missing is biotin, a B-Complex vitamin that is necessary for your body to process the fat and protein that you eat. Biotin can be destroyed by certain food processing techniques such as canning and heat curing.

You do need to make sure that you aren’t exposing your nails to harsh chemicals or using too much polish remover both of which deprive your nails of moisture.

Omega 3 essential fatty acids also help.

And and educational video regarding

What your Nails reveal about Nutritional Deficiencies?

Recommended to Strengthen Nails

Dr. Berg’s Hair Formula for Hair, Nails & Skin

Contains a blend of essential vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, collagen and herbs to feed and restore your hair, nails and skin.

High Potency Omega 3

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