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Good sources of Zinc

seafood - especially oysters
wheat germ

Nails are a substructure of the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). They are composed mainly of keratin, a type of protein.  Healthy nail beds are pink, indicating a rich blood supply.  Change or abnormalities in the nails are often a result of nutritional deficiencies or other underlying conditions. 

'Hangnails': A lack of protein, folic acid and vitamin C causes hangails. (A hangnail is a tiny sliver of skin splits off from your fingernail. 

White bands across the nails are an indication of protein deficiencies.

Fragility: A deficiency of the B vitamins causes fragility with horizontal and vertical ridges.  Insufficient intake of vitamin B12 leads to excessive dryness.

'Spoon nails': (nails that develop in a concave shape) or vertical ridges:
Iron deficiency.

White spots: Zinc deficiency.

Splitting nails:  a lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid in the stomach.


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