Symptoms, conditions and causes

What deficiency causes brittle nails?

Your nails can give you insight into your health. Even though there are many different causes of brittle nails, we can still try to understand what the root issue is.  Your nails are made of keratin, which is a type of protein. Protein is a combination of amino acids. A deficiency in amino acids can cause problems with the nails and lead to many other health concerns.  You could be deficient in amino acids because of a lack of animal products in the diet, which contain amino acids. You could also be deficient in amino acids because of a lack of hydrochloric acid or because of intestinal inflammation. 

To activate proteins, you need certain trace minerals and minerals. Here are the most important minerals and trace minerals for brittle nails:

• Sulfur

• Iron 

• Zinc 

• Selenium 

• Copper 

• Magnesium 

• Silicon  

Important vitamins to support healthy nails: 

• Vitamin C 

• Biotin 

• Vitamin B6

• Vitamin B12 

• Choline 

• Vitamin A 

• Vitamin D

Last updated: Oct 23, 2023 14:06 PM