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Vegan fingernails

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I notice that since becoming veg(around the time, at least) my fingernails have been in really poor shape. It's hard to explain exactly what happens. They break off into layers which come off(think sheets coming off a bed) in pieces and leave no strength in the nails. It's especially in the pointer and middle fingernails. I only paint my nails once a week, which I'd been doing for at least a year before going veg without problems. I get about 10% of my calories from protein, which I thought was enough. I also get enough fat, at least 15% of my calories, and take multivitamins. I can't see what I'm doing wrong and would really appreciate some help, because the problem just seems to be getting worse. Thanks.. I don't know what else to do but post here.
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Zinc is quite an important mineral for nails, is this included in your supplement?

Also are you getting the right balance of Omega 3 to 6 (ALA to LA)? If not try either eating ground linseeds or linseed oil.

With calcium, your supplements should not give you 100% of the RDA. Experts agree that the proportion of calcium absorbed decreases the more calcium is eaten at any one time. Try eating calcium rich foods throughout the day such as green leafy veg (such as kale and brocolli NOT spinach as contrary to popular belief it has too much oxalic acid to be a good source of either iron or calcium) dried figs or fortified products.
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