Your Nails Tell A Lot; They Can Even Indicate If You Are Suffering From A Vitamin Deficiency

Your body has a way to tell you what's going on in your system. For example, your nails can tell you if you are suffering from a vitamin deficiency. Here's how!

Written by Arushi Bidhuri | Published : September 1, 2021 7:15 PM IST


Vitamin Deficiency

It goes without saying that a well-balanced and nutritious diet is good for your health. However, a diet lacking in certain nutrients can cause a lot of changes in your body. These signs and symptoms are your body's method of alerting you to possible vitamin and mineral deficiency. Recognizing them might assist you in making appropriate dietary changes. A vitamin or mineral deficit might manifest itself in the form of dry, cracked, brittle, and unevenly shaped nails.


White Spots

Have you been noticing white spots or dots on your fingernails lately? Vitamin and mineral deficiency can lead to the problem and cause your nails to appear different. These ‘milk spots' are caused by a zinc or iron deficiency, although they might also be caused by a minor bump or knock. Meat, legumes, seeds, nuts, dairy, eggs, whole grains, vegetables, dark chocolate are some of the best sources of zinc. Iron-rich foods include red meat, seafood, beans, green leafy vegetables, dried fruit, peas and iron-fortified cereals.  Also Read - American Singer Toby Keith Dies of Stomach Cancer At 62; Expert Reveals Why It Is Hard To Detect


Brittle Nails

Your nails may be broken at the edges, flaky, and yellowish in colour if they are brittle. If your fingernails are the only thing affected, it's most likely an external issue. Your nails may be broken at the edges, flaky, and yellowish in colour if they are brittle. It might also be caused by eating a diet lacking in calcium, which has the potential to affect the toenails. All dairy foods, notably yoghurt, dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, beans, and sardines, are high in calcium.


Ridges could be a sign of Vitamin B12 insufficiency. It can be detected by longitudinal grooves that extend from the nail bed to the edge. Supplements and injections, as well as the use of a thick hand lotion, can help. Sardines, beef, fortified cereal, tuna, sardines, trout, salmon, milk and other dairy products.  Also Read - The Truth About Normal Delivery And Recovery: What Does The Body Endure?


Splitting Nails

One of the most frequent dietary deficiencies that leads to split nails is iron deficiency. Proteins and B vitamins are also necessary for the body to create strong, healthy nails. Organ meats, such as liver and kidneys, as well as fish, cheese, yoghurt, milk, eggs, mushrooms, beans (particularly chickpeas), avocadoes, bananas, almonds, seeds, and whole grains, are high in B vitamins.