Nail Health: Home Remedies for Strong Nails!

Biotin
Posted by Aginto (Toronto, Ontario) on 02/07/2010
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I've been taking a 250mg supplement of Biotin once a day for about 3 weeks before I noticed the changes in my nails! They are harder, they don't break or chip as easily. I went on vacation for 2 weeks and forgot my Biotin. Lo and behold, near the end of the 2 week vacation I had broken one nail and chipped another!

I am back on the Biotin. I've also added the de-colorized Iodine to my repertoire and will report back after a week or two. Thanks for all the great advice Earth Clinic!!!

Biotin
Posted by Pjb747 (Fenton, Mi) on 06/18/2010

I feed my horses biotin for their hooves. It takes almost a year to see real results. The hoof that forms with biotin is stronger. It can't improve existing hoof. Hooves grow out like nails do from a nail bed. I would assume that it is the same with nails but it doesn't take so long to grow a whole new nail. I think after 3-4 months on biotin, the old nail would be gone and biotin fortified nail would have grown in. I don't think being off biotin for a week or two would make a difference.


Fish Oil
Posted by DeAnna (Clarksville, TN) on 07/13/2009
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Fish oil was recommended to me as a supplement from a personal trainer....happened to notice after a couple of weeks that my nails were actually growing and not breaking nearly as much!!! Didn't realize it had a benefit to nails also! Will definitely keep taking for my nails!


Fish Oil
Posted by Anna (Brooklyn, NY) on 04/03/2009
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Fish oil made my nails stronger in a matter of days. Take the prescribed daily dose.


Biotin
Posted by Karen (Chicago, IL) on 02/15/2009
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My fingernails were soft and frequently broke. I starting taking 1000 mcg biotin twice a day, and within 2 months, they became rock solid. I stopped taking biotin for a while, and my nails returned to being soft. When I started taking the pills again, my nails toughened up. Karen


Silica
Posted by Dan (Markam, Canada) on 07/22/2008
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Silicon is not present in large amounts, yet found in every type of tissues in the body. Silicon is used to keep bones, cartilage, tendons and artery wall healthy. It is required by the nails, hair and skin, silicon levels drop as we age. So if cartilage is not in any joint after surgery, silicon will replace it. If you want nice hair, and nails, silicon is also called silica. I take it and I have good hair and nails that look good and they are hard. If you do not have any idea where to get some, look to the internet. It has information on healthy products.

Silica
Posted by Softnails (Calgary, Ab) on 08/18/2011

For those who use Silica for nail strenthening, how long before you notice an improvement...

Thank you


Silica
Posted by Pat (Imperial Beach, Ca) on 04/03/2012

Do you swallow it or put it directly on your nails? How much of it and how often do you use it?


Silica
Posted by Sylvia (Albany, Ny, United States) on 10/03/2012

Hey guys, was checking out remedies for weak, brittle nails and came up with silica as one answer. I don't know if it works well or not, but be aware that there are some scary side effects. Look into it thoroughly before using!!!


Silica
Posted by Kay (Fl) on 05/31/2014
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Be mindful of Silica dosages, side effects, and warnings!

Silica is also used to breakdown/dissolve hard tissues like fibriods, cysts, tumors, etc, which may also may unlease thier contents, including toxins, infectious agents, cancerous tissue, etc. I began taking silica (oral, homeopathic) in attemps to relieve painful fibroids and troublesome scar tissue under my foot; but the silica first dissolved an age-old cyst imbedded under my scalp (which I didn't know was there; leftovers of a decades-old boil that was removed completely, intact). When the silica dissolved the cyst it spilled the (previously contained) infection into surrounding tissues (infecting nearly my entire scalp). I've been fighing/treating this scalp infection for well over a year now, and it's been a painful, difficult, and troublesome battle every day, including hair loss!


Iodine
Posted by Smdoulos (Syracuse, Ny) on 10/27/2011

Does iodine work for skin tags also? How much and how often? Thanks.


Iodine
Posted by Andy (Australia) on 11/04/2014

I've had skin tags in the past and my doctor told me not to worry as they soon outgrow their blood supply and eventually just drop off.

And they did! :)


Iodine
Posted by Stella (New York) on 06/15/2020

I had two friends that were covered with skin tags neck and upper shoulder back.

They did not drop off. I have one and had it most all my life. I am now 80. They said it was nothing to have them burnt off. Do not take the doctors word for it.


Iodine
Posted by Mon (Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia) on 07/04/2011

Interesting! Where in Australia do I get colourless iodine?


Folic Acid
Posted by Joanna (California) on 03/31/2006
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I see a Thyroid Specialist for hypothyroidism. I was complaining about my weak, brittle nails when he suggested that although my thyroid was functioning properly (too much or too little thyroid function can cause weak nails), that I may be deficient in folic acid. I'm not as faithful about taking my vitamins and supplements as I should be, but I do notice that when I take a folic acid supplement that my nails become stronger and break less often. You can buy folic acid as an individual supplement, but you can buy multivitamins with folic acid in them.

Folic Acid
Posted by Mandy (Houston, Texas) on 09/14/2011

I am thinking to try this, because I too have hypothyroidism and really, REALLY want my fingernails to grow out nice and long. I do take vitamins every day!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Emgee (Broken Hill, Australia) on 05/26/2012

I started taking Apple Cider Vinegar for a number of different health issues. After only a couple of days I noticed my flaky weak nails were getting stronger. Two months later now and I have the longest strongest nails I have ever had. Even hard to type on my keyboard lol. I read somewhere that Apple Cider Vinegar helps with the uptake of magnesium and calcium but can't remember where I read that. It certainly is the answer for me.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kayci (North Berwick, Maine) on 09/30/2012

you eat it?


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jacqueline (Perth, Australia) on 11/21/2012
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Worked for me too - was a fantastic side effect when I started using apple cider vinegar for other health issues. I have have lovely long and strong finger nails for the first time in my life :-)


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Danie (France) on 12/06/2014

How do you prepare the ACV for long and strong fingernails?


MSM
Posted by Joanna (USA)
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I've noticed that when I take MSM, my fingernails grow like crazy! The split cuticle issue that I have (especially in the winter) disappears in about 48 hours. I'd say it's the best remedy for the nails

MSM
Posted by Carmen (Brandon, Florida) on 12/25/2008

I am experiencing early menopause due to a hysterectomy and along with the many other changes I am encountering I find my nails are weak. During a search I found MSM, what exactly is this? And is it safe to take with harmone replacement?

EC: https://www.earthclinic.com/supplements/MSM.html


MSM
Posted by Kim (Grants Pass, OR) on 04/03/2009

Hi Carmen, I just read your post. I too am having menopause issues from a hysterectomy at the early age of 26, which in turn turned into a hypothyroid issue, which left untreated, turned out to be pretty severe. Make sure you keep yourself educated, doctors that you pay to know health issues, typically DON'T know. Feel free to email me anytime. And my fingernails, bend easier than paper!!!


MSM
Posted by Belle (Los Angeles, CA)
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I recently started to take MSM to help with neck pain. While it's too soon to tell if it is helping, I can report that it is making my nails grow like crazy!


Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Donna Cecconi (Crete, Il) on 02/17/2010

How much water and molasses do I mix with the lemon?


Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Brittany (Grove City, Oh, Usa) on 09/18/2011

Just be careful with molasses, especially if you are diabetic.. Not a good remedy for diabetics or those who don't know they are diabetic. A whole cup seems excessive.



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