During the fall my once boringly normal nails became soft and peeled off. At first it was just an annoying cosmetic problem — but then the peeling problem took my nails below the fingertip. It didn’t look good and felt worse
Surfing the web for solutions, I read that biotin, a form of B vitamin, had been linked to soft peeling nails and biotin supplements could help. if, But and its a big but, biotin deficiencies are considered very, very rare. Best sources of biotin are commonly found foods includinng eggs, fish, beans, yeast and potatoes. Here was my first clue.
After the BP oil spill in May, I decided to stay away from fish. In June the wide spread Salmonella outbreak in eggs, had me crossing off eggs from my shopping list. Add to that that I don’t like beans, avoid carb rich potatoes and who actually eats yeast as a food item, its likely that I was deficient in biotin.
I’ve been taking 60mg of biotin a day for about six weeks and I am delighted to see a genuine improvement. The peeling has stopped and the nails now have normal hardness. However, they are still growing quite slowly than in the past, so I’m still taking biotin to help them stay healthy. Best of all? My little bottle of biotin cost $6.99. I love happy endings.