Natural Remedies for Fingernail Problems

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Natural Remedies for Fingernail Problems

The fingernails protect the nerve-rich fingertips from injury. Nails are composed of protein, keratin, and sulfur. The nail bed is the skin on top of which the nails grow. Nails grow from .05 to 1.2 millimeters a week.

Nail changes or abnormalities are often the results of nutritional deficiencies produce the following changes in the nails:

  • Lack of vitamin A and calcium causes dryness and brittleness.
  • A vitamin B deficiency causes fragility, with horizontal and vertical ridges.
  • Insufficient intake of vitamin B12 leads to excessive dryness, very rounded and curved nail ends, and darkened nails.
  • Lack of protein, folic acid, and vitamin C causes hangnails. White bands are also an indication of protein deficiency.
  • If there is insufficient “friendly” bacteria (lactobacillus) present in the body, fungus forms under and around nails.
  • Lack of hydrochloric acid (HCI) contributes to splitting nails.
  • “Spoon” nails and/or vertical ridges may indicate iron deficiency.
Very Important
Protein (Free form amino acids)The building materials for new nails. Free form amino acids are rapidly absorbed and assimilated by the body.
Vitamin A
vitamin A emulsion
25,000 IU daily

50,000 IU daily

The body cannot utilize protein without vitamin A. The emulsion form is more readily assimilated.
Brewer’s YeastAs directed on label.Contains all the needed nutrients; high in protein
Calcium and magnesium and vitamin DAs directed on label.Necessary for nail growth
GelatinAs directed on labelFoundation for nails
Iron (Floradix formula)As directed on labelIron deficiency produces “spoon” nails and/or vertical ridges
L-Cysteine and L-methionine (amino acids)As directed on labelContains sulfur, which is necessary for skin and nail growth.
Silicon (oat straw tea and horsetail)As directed on label. Available also in tablet formNeeded for hair, bones, and strong nails
Vitamin B complex plus extra riboflavin (b2) and vitamin B12 and folic acidVitamin B deficiency results in strong nails
Vitamin C3,000 mg dailyHangnails and inflammation of the tissue surrounding the nail (i.e., paronychia) are linked to vitamin C deficiency.

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