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Fingernails and Splitting Cuticles

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Hi,

Whilst my nails are growing healthy and strong, I still have very dry cuticles which are splitting and bleeding quite regularly.

I don't count calories or fats, but eat mainly protein and fats at each meal with a good portion of veg. I have coconut oil in my coffee (2-3 tbsp a day) and use it as a moisturiser for my hands. Probably too many nuts and am cutting those out this week.

I train hard 2-3 times a week, plus 2-3 30 minute jogs and 2 sessions of light exertion martial arts.

I supplement with Vit B complex, potassium, magnesium, chromium and zinc.

Any idea what I could be deficient in to have my cuticles split like this? I'm wondering if it's calcium as I've stopped dairy.

8d93455e9b5c459d2a290f55fa7c238f

on June 23, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Thanks. I've been thinking about a more complex multivitamin anyway so will make sure I up those ones.

8d93455e9b5c459d2a290f55fa7c238f

on June 23, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Thanks Mike and Dragonfly. I don't eat raw eggs, by was an interesting read. I'll look into biotin and try to increase intake.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on June 22, 2012
at 02:01 PM

Also make sure you are getting enough Vitamin C, Clivalicious.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:00 PM

Yes, biotin deficiency may be the culprit.

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Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on June 22, 2012
at 01:19 PM

Do you eat raw eggs by chance? See one of the comments under this posting:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/129671/thoughts-on-raw-eggs-anybody-eat-them-pros-cons/129674#129674

"My nails began to split when I started to add raw eggs to my smoothie. Took me a while to figure out. When I stopped it took couple of weeks to recover again"

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:01 PM

Also make sure you are getting enough Vitamin C, Clivalicious.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on June 22, 2012
at 02:00 PM

Yes, biotin deficiency may be the culprit.

8d93455e9b5c459d2a290f55fa7c238f

on June 23, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Thanks Mike and Dragonfly. I don't eat raw eggs, by was an interesting read. I'll look into biotin and try to increase intake.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on June 22, 2012
at 04:11 PM

You didn't say that you were supplementing with any fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, or K. I have been taking high doses of vitamin D3 to supplement my calcium for osteopenia and have since noticed that my skin is much softer and my cuticles look much better. Perhaps you might want to look into that and see if it helps.

8d93455e9b5c459d2a290f55fa7c238f

on June 23, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Thanks. I've been thinking about a more complex multivitamin anyway so will make sure I up those ones.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 22, 2012
at 01:32 PM

Though my cuticles look better than they used to, they still get dry and crack some. I put lanolin on them and it helps a great deal. My eczema is better, but the lanolin also keeps it in check.

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