Fingernails Vitamin Deficiency

Healthy nails are a sign of a healthy diet. When nails shine, are ridge free and are strong, this means your diet is providing them with the nutrients they need. When nails are peeling, splitting,  dull or brittle, this means that essential vitamins are probably missing from your diet.

What Nails Need

Nails are composed of keratin, a protein also found in hair and skin.  Nails need a heavy dose of this protein and vitamins like the B-complex, C, A, E, D, calcium, zinc, iodine and iron.  When nails are not receiving enough of these vitamins, or when our body can’t absorb them effectively due to illness or even stress, they will tell us by becoming brittle, dry, fragile and dull.

Fingernails Vitamin Deficiency

Nails that are dehydrated or dried out will break or peel easily. This is sometimes a symptom of a deficiency in vitamins C, D and biotin. Fragile nails are usually a sign that the body is low in vitamin B, silicon, zinc, iron, copper, iodine or selenium. When nails are weak, it is also a sign that there is a lack of vitamin B as well as protein.  A white moon like shape at the base of the nail signals a lack of iron and/or zinc, and frequent hang-nails are a sign of a C, folic acid and protein deficiency. Nails with ridges that run vertically and sometimes horizontally can mean a lack of B vitamins or iron.  If you have fungus under your nails, it might be a lack of friendly bacteria in your system,  something quite common if you are taking antibiotics.  B  vitamins and acidophilus can assist in clearing this up in no time. Those who suffer vitamin A deficiencies find that the body will not absorb or process protein efficiently. When the body is low in vitamin D, calcium cannot be assimilated adequately.  When we don’t get the right amount of these vitamins, nails become vulnerable, causing them to become soft and weak.

Foods with the right Vitamins

If your diet is balanced with the right kinds of foods, your nails will reflect it. Eat meals filled with whole grains, vegetables, fruits, fish, and nuts. Not only will your nails get the nutrients they need, but you will lose weight and feel great! The foods mentioned above all have the vitamins that assist in nurturing your nails.  You should also try to drink a minimum of 6-7 glasses of water a day. This will help eliminate toxins in the body, allowing nutrients to do their job.

Fruits and Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables, asparagus, avocado, apples, grapes, cucumbers, garlic, celery, onions and sweet potatoes. Make these foods a part of your daily routine and your nails will look better than ever.

Supplementing Your Diet

If you have a hard time eating a balanced diet like the one above you may want to supplement your diet with extra vitamins, get a good multivitamin that contains the essential  nutrients for nail health.  Some formulas are specifically designed to feed the nails. They will help provide the correct proportions of each vitamin to gain optimum results. Just remember that supplements alone are not enough. Healthy, fresh foods are still the best way to have a healthy body that reflects itself in shiny, strong, beautiful nails.

If you tried all of these things to no avail, it may be time to talk with a doctor who can prescribe something stronger.