22 March 2009

The condition of your fingernails is reflecting your general and internal health. Any abnormalities or changes in your nails may be indicative of particular health conditions or may be a result of nutritional deficiencies.

You can examine your nails and check whether they are a healthy pink in color and if the surface is smooth and curved impeccably or are there hangnails, ridges, lines, white spots, dents, discolorations, or irregularly shaped? Others may be indicative of various conditions like diabetes, anemia, heart disease, fungal infections, and etc.

Nails that are irregularly shaped, or are brittle, cracked, or dry are often indicative of mineral or vitamin deficiency.
  • Brittle and Dry Nails : This is usually caused of inadequate calcium intake in the diet.
  • Cracked Nails : This is generally caused by deficient in essential oils, such as omega-3.
  • Ridges : Ridges on fingernails are often caused because of inadequate B-complex vitamins in the diet, particularly biotin.
  • Hangnails : Hangnails can be caused due to a lack of vitamin C and folic acid.
The best way of getting all these minerals and vitamins is to have a balanced diet with full nutrition foods, such as vegetables and fruits.
  • B-Vitamins. Almost found in most organ meats : kidneys and liver, fish, eggs, yogurt, milk, cheese, mushrooms, nuts, beans (chickpeas), whole grains, seeds, bananas, and avocadoes.
  • Vitamin C. This is found in citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwis, dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, and red peppers.
  • Calcium. Rich in Calcium food are: dairy foods, particularly yogurt, sardines, green leafy vegetables, beans, and almonds.
  • Essential Oils : These are available in fatty fish : herring, mackerel, trout, salmon, and tuna, and also in tofu, seeds, nuts, flaxseeds, evening primrose oil, and flax-seed oil.
  • Folic Acid : This is found in green vegetables, whole grains, beans, and oranges.
A multivitamin tablet taken regularly can also supply all these nutrients in order to keep your nails in top condition.

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