What Brittle Nails Say About Your Health And How To Fix It

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Health and Fitness On 15th July 2018

B-Group Vitamins

The chance of developing a vitamin B deficiency increases as you age, and it can lead to dry, brittle nails. Biotin helps the rest of the B-complex of vitamins work together to maintain strong, shiny fingernails.


Thyroid disease

Brittle, dry nails that crack and split may easily be one sign of thyroid problems. Low thyroid hormone production, or hypothyroidism, causes a range of symptoms —fatigue, constipation, dry skin and brittle nails, aches, and pains, and feeling down that you might easily attribute to other health problems.


Concave or depressed nails (think: the shape inside of a spoon) can be caused by low iron levels or anemia. Anemia could be caused by heavy menstruation, pregnancy, a diet low in iron and vitamin B12, or chronic kidney disease. Split nails and weak nails are particularly common among women who have low iron levels. Iron is an essential nutrient for healthy nails and preventing concave-shaped weak nails.



If the nails are mostly white with darker rims, this can indicate liver problems, such as hepatitis.

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