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By Dr. Michael Stein
October 01, 2014
Category: Toenail Health

Vitamin Nutrients for Proper Nail HealthNails can say a lot about a person. No, we’re not talking about those who like to visit the manicurist or pedicurist or use all manner of paints and glitters and extensions. Your real nails, the plates made of keratin that grow over your nail bed at a rate of about 1/10 of a millimeter per day, can indicate a lot about your health and diet. If you notice ridges or blemishes, for example, or find your nails tear or break easily, you may be suffering from a nutrient deficiency. Your whole body is connected, and nails need proper vitamins and nutrition just like everything else.

So, what are nail vitamins all about? There are a number of key nutrients used by your body to bolster your nails against tearing, chipping, cracking, and becoming brittle. Vitamins A through E, biotin, and metals like zinc, copper, and calcium all play a role. A deficit of one or several of these, along with other vitamins and minerals, could lead to brittleness, ridges, and more.

A balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is the best way to get these essential nutrients and make your nails healthy and strong again. Sounds like a trip to the Sunday Farmer’s Market in Los Gatos Town Plaza Park is in store! You can still pick up all sorts of items there throughout the fall from 9 am – 1 pm. Keep in mind that eggs, seeds, nuts, and fish provide lots of protein and healthy fats, too. Another tip? Drink lots of water—this helps flush out existing toxins so you can get the maximum nutritional benefit from the foods you eat. You might also consider selecting a good multivitamin as a dietary supplement.

If you notice more significant issues with your nails—say, a greenish or yellowish discoloration—it may indicate a serious underlying condition. If you’re having difficulty supplying your body with essential nail vitamins, or notice any other problems with your feet or toenails, call Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay for an appointment. You can reach our main office by calling (510) 483-3390, or stop by and pay us a visit in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA.

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