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Ridges on nails developed after I went Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 30, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Also the white half circle at the base of my nails have disappeared on all the nails except for my thumbs and big toes. My nails do not appear to be brittle and are shiny. Prior to eating Paleo my nails had no cracks. Does this mean anything? Nutrient deficiency?

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on October 01, 2011
at 06:57 AM

They are vertical but I never had them before paleo. I also notice some small pitting and a darker color. I ordered a b-complex today and some vit c. Plus I've dramatically upped my veggie intake the last few weeks. Let's see if all of thos makes a difference!

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on October 01, 2011
at 06:55 AM

Thanks Paul. I ordered some vitamin C and a b-complex today. I'm also going to try and include animal parts besides muscle meat in my diet.

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on October 01, 2011
at 05:50 AM

bingo. vertical ridges are common and often come and go, horizontal ridges may be cause for concern.

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on September 30, 2011
at 11:41 PM

Upvote if you just looked at your fingernails after reading this topic.

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on September 30, 2011
at 11:34 PM

Same here. IIRC, most of the medical websites I checked said vertical ridges were no big deal, and a couple said they could be caused by immersion in water, chemicals, etc. I sculpt and make jewelry, and my hands are immersed in weird liquids a lot, so I think that could very well be part of it.

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on September 30, 2011
at 08:31 PM

Try this thread out too. http://paleohacks.com/questions/15372/nutrient-deficiencies-associated-with-paleo-eating-habits-targeting-needs-for-su#axzz1ZTBpbzZ3

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 30, 2011
at 08:28 PM

Cereal is a big source of B12 on SAD.

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on September 30, 2011
at 08:14 PM

It maybe is the calcium because I take vitamin A, eat my body weight in grams of protein a day and eat lots of red meat and take liver powder (B12). Maybe I should supplement with calcium? I used to drink a gallon of milk a week so perhaps that is it.. Also some of my nails do seems more brown-gray & according to your link that's once again lack of B12. What is the big source of B12 on SAD?

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6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 30, 2011
at 08:01 PM

Here is what this website says:

Ridges on nails, longitudinal - deficiency of vitamin A, protein, calcium (anemia, poor circulation, thyroid/parathyroid glands)

Ridges on nails, transverse - fever, infection, inflammation, menstrual problems, period of protein deficiency

http://www.health-science-spirit.com/deficiency.html

This website says lack of B12 is what caused the lack of half moon.

http://www.irintech.com/x1/blogarchive.php?id=3784

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 30, 2011
at 08:31 PM

Try this thread out too. http://paleohacks.com/questions/15372/nutrient-deficiencies-associated-with-paleo-eating-habits-targeting-needs-for-su#axzz1ZTBpbzZ3

6229cd9a7ca9882590259fae022e2647

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on September 30, 2011
at 08:28 PM

Cereal is a big source of B12 on SAD.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on September 30, 2011
at 08:14 PM

It maybe is the calcium because I take vitamin A, eat my body weight in grams of protein a day and eat lots of red meat and take liver powder (B12). Maybe I should supplement with calcium? I used to drink a gallon of milk a week so perhaps that is it.. Also some of my nails do seems more brown-gray & according to your link that's once again lack of B12. What is the big source of B12 on SAD?

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on September 30, 2011
at 09:40 PM

I've never had the white semi-circles on any nail except thumb or big toe. Also have had vertical ridges as far back as I remember. Get plenty of protein, more than enough vitamin A or B12. Is it really abnormal?

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on September 30, 2011
at 11:34 PM

Same here. IIRC, most of the medical websites I checked said vertical ridges were no big deal, and a couple said they could be caused by immersion in water, chemicals, etc. I sculpt and make jewelry, and my hands are immersed in weird liquids a lot, so I think that could very well be part of it.

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on October 01, 2011
at 05:50 AM

bingo. vertical ridges are common and often come and go, horizontal ridges may be cause for concern.

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on September 30, 2011
at 08:30 PM

I'm guessing poor collagen/keratin formation due to lack of either sulfur or vitamin C. Try epsom salt baths and C supplementation. Could also be lack of protein or other causes, eg biotin, B12.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

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on October 01, 2011
at 06:55 AM

Thanks Paul. I ordered some vitamin C and a b-complex today. I'm also going to try and include animal parts besides muscle meat in my diet.

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on September 30, 2011
at 08:16 PM

I had the same problem after about 6 months of eating Paleo. I hate taking pills, so I didn't want to take a calcium supplement. I introduced about 2 oz. of cheese per day to my diet and it went away.

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on November 10, 2012
at 09:33 PM

moonablaze, so what happened?

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on February 26, 2012
at 03:02 PM

I had super strong, very fast growing ridge-free nails prior to becoming Paleo. Now however, after almost 6 months of Paleo, I have ridges in my nails and they are much thinner and always breaking! Also, I'm noticing I don't feel as good as I did when first starting Paleo. :-(. Wondering why????

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F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

on October 01, 2011
at 06:21 AM

the main question is which way to the ridges go? if they're the long way, don't sweat it, those can come from lots of things. if they're the short way (perpendicular to the rest of your finger) you may have a deficiency or other medical condition worth looking into. I had deep ridges the short way from Celiac, they grew out and went away when I went primal.

I don't know anything about the half moons but if what others are saying about b12 is true, remember that just because you eat plenty of meat doesn't mean your blood levels are optimal. I found out a few months ago that I'm quite low on B12, likely from an absorption problem left over from the celiac combined with my high stress grad school life using up a lot of b12. after 6 shots and regular consumption of chicken liver (not ready for beef yet) I am still well below where my doctor wants me.

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

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on October 01, 2011
at 06:57 AM

They are vertical but I never had them before paleo. I also notice some small pitting and a darker color. I ordered a b-complex today and some vit c. Plus I've dramatically upped my veggie intake the last few weeks. Let's see if all of thos makes a difference!

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