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Brittle Nails - Conditions and Cures with Proven Effective Supplements Listed
Brittle Nails - Conditions and Cures with Proven Effective Supplements Listed

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· Nails that break, peel, bend, split or tear easily


· Poor diet, deficient in protein, vitamin A, biotin, vitamin B12, iron, sulfur, silica, calcium, essential fatty acids, or other nutrients

· Topical use of nail polish remover

· Poor digestion and absorption, possibly caused by deficiency in stomach acid, friendly flora, or enzymes

· Hormone deficiency, especially low thyroid

Recommended Food

Quality protein sources, such as fish, legumes, nuts, and lean poultry, are important.

Foods rich in B vitamins, such as whole grains, should be increased. Other food sources of B vitamin biotin are soybeans, eggs, cauliflower, and mushrooms. Another good source of B vitamins is nutritional brewer’s yeast.

Sulfur-rich foods, such as broccoli, garlic onions, and sea vegetables, should be included in the diet. So should silicon-rich foods like whole grains, bananas, raisins, beans, and lentils. Calcium-rich sources, such as carrots, broccoli, kale and vegetable milks, are recommended.

One packet of gelatin daily is a home remedy that has been used throughout the years to improve nail health.

Foods to Avoid

Decrease the consumption of simple sugars, alcohol, caffeine, and soda, which leach minerals out of the body.

Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch and Mark Stengler

Super Prescription # 1 Silicon

Take 10 mg daily for at least eight weeks. Research proves it benefits brittle nails.

Super Prescription # 2 Biotin – LifeSource Products

Take a dose of 300 to 3,000 mcg daily is effective for many people with brittle nails.

Super Prescription # 3 MSM – LifeSource Products

Take 1,000 mg twice daily.

Super Prescription # 4 Essential Fatty Acids - Fish Oil – LifeSource Products

Take a fish oil product containing 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA or 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil daily.

Super Prescription # 5 Calcium – LifeSource Products

Take 500 mg daily combined with 250 mg of Magnesium and 1,000 IU of Vitamin D.

Super Prescription # 6 Collagen – LifeSource Products

Take collagen as directed on label. It is involved in the formation of nails.

Super Prescription # 7 Digestive Enzymes – LifeSource Products

Take 1 or 2 capsules with meals to enhance the absorption of the amino acids and nutrients necessary for nail health.

General Recommendations

Betaine Hydrochloride – LifeSource Products

Improves the absorption of amino acids and minerals necessary for nail health.

Take 1 or 2 Capsules with meals.

High-potency Multivitamin and Mineral formula – LifeSource Products

Provides a base for healthy nails. Take as directed on label.

Probiotics – LifeSource Products

Improves the absorption of nutrients. Take as directed on label.


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