This past winter my nails became very soft and started to peel and break. They were so fragile that there was nothing to file. I started to take biotin and within a few weeks my nails did a big turn around. They became hard and strong and I no longer looked like I bit my nails down to the nub. ( Not a confident look). It wasn’t that I wanted to sport a set of talons, but the fingertips would become painful as the weak nails tore off below the tip.
I stopped taking biotin out of sheer laziness and all was fine until last month when I saw the tell tales signs appear again.First the tip of the nail would start to flake off. Then they became so soft and ragged that I was constantly catching them in my sweaters. This time I didn’t wait until they all were shredded. I started to take biotin again. I had been trying to lose weight and I cut out egg yolks and ate smaller portions of protein. That may have been enough to drop my biotin levels below what is necessary for healthy nail and hair growth.
There is no RDA for biotin and the suggested levels are all over the map. When I went to a vitamin store, the salesman tried to sell me biotin complexes– biotin mixed with a stew of other amino acids and minerals. I’m wary of these combo’s and they were about $30/bottle. There were also super high doesages of biotin and I’m not a big fan of mega doses either. I settled on 60mg/day and a bottle of 100 capsules cost me just $6.99. Last time I used them they worked beautifully in a few weeks.