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All of the sudden my nails have become very brittle and are breaking. My thumb nail broke so far down that it really hurts. What do you think I am low in...I have been suspecting I need to up my Calcium and Magnesium intake...what else should I add? Its not like I have long nails or anything but, when they are breaking and becoming so thin and bad it worries me that I am not getting something I need.

 

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You could try taking biotin and silica, and maybe fish oils? Those helped strengthen my nails and hair when I took them a few years back. Do you eat lots of protein and good fats?


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So weird...I posted a reply yesterday to this but it didn't show up? Oh well.

 

I do eat a lot of good fats, oils, etc. so it is strange that they would be breaking so bad all of the sudden. How would I go about adding biotin and silica into my diet?

 

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I just took 'em in tablet form. You can get "skin, nails and hair" vitamins with a combination of stuff. I have a vague feeling that brittle nails is a symptom of some other kind of deficiency, but I can't remember what! Does your MW know about it?


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I haven't talked to my MW about it yet...I plan to do so at my next appt. Its strange because I am noticing thin lines in them now and little vertical cracks.

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I just decided to look it up and it also says that Iron can be the cause. I have been very anemic and I just started taking the additional Iron so maybe this will help improve the nails.

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Iron, that's it! Hmm, mine have been bendier than usual recently and I'm deficient. Just started the prescription supplements, so it'll be interesting to see if it makes a difference. :)


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