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Has anyone experienced lower fingernails firmness?
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Don't have any suggestions, sorry. But mine actually got stronger, so it's not necessarily because of veganism.
 

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I don't know what is the cause or even if they are weaker, but it seems to me that they might

Can I ask what is your diet beyond the usuals?
 

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I don't know what is the cause or even if they are weaker, but it seems to me that they might

Can I ask what is your diet beyond the usuals?
Not perfect at all. Most of my staples would be potatoes, rice, pasta, beans, vegan meats, mushrooms, broccoli, green beans, cabbage, asparagus, almond milk.
 

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Hi

Has anyone experienced lower fingernails firmness?
Any suggestions?

Vegan: 6yr, Vegeterian: 16yr

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My fingernails and toenails appear to be better than they were when I was younger (before I became vegan). I don't have any white spots on them. They seem strong and durable.

I've been vegan for 26 years.

If it's really a concern, you could review your diet with the help of a Registered Dietitian. In the United States, you can find a local Registered Dietitian through the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: http://www.eatright.org . Just click on the red "Find An Expert" button on the upper-right of their home page.
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You could also have a dermatologist take a look at them, just to make sure that there is no underlying medical issue.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nail_(anatomy)#Health_and_care



Vitamin A is an essential micro-nutrient for vision, reproduction, cell and tissue differentiation, and immune function. Vitamin D and calcium work together in cases of maintaining homeostasis, creating muscle contraction, transmission of nerve pulses, blood clotting, and membrane structure. A lack of vitamin A, vitamin D, or calcium can cause dryness and brittleness.
Insufficient vitamin B12 can lead to excessive dryness, darkened nails, and rounded or curved nail ends. Insufficient intake of both vitamin A and B results in fragile nails with horizontal and vertical ridges. Some over-the-counter vitamin supplements such as certain multivitamins and biotin may help in growth of strong nails, although this is quite subjective.[25]
Protein is a building material for new nails; therefore, low dietary protein intake may cause anemia and the resultant reduced hemoglobin in the blood filling the capillaries of the nail bed reflects varying amounts of light incident on the nail matrix resulting in lighter shades of pink ultimately resulting in white nail beds when the hemoglobin is very low. When hemoglobin is close to 15 or 16 grams, most of the spectrum of light is absorbed and only the pink color is reflected back and the nails look pink.
Essential fatty acids play a large role in healthy skin as well as nails. Splitting and flaking of nails may be due to a lack of linoleic acid.
Iron-deficiency anemia can lead to a pale color along with a thin, brittle, ridged texture. Iron deficiency in general may cause the nails to become flat or concave, rather than convex. Heme iron is absorbed fairly easily in comparison to non-heme iron; however, both types provide the necessary bodily functions.[26]

 

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The above comments about nutrition does not necessarily mean you should focus on nutrition for nail health. There could be other causes.

Also, just to confirm, I copied and pasted all the above from wikipedia and did not check any of the underlying sources.
 

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Get your iron checked. Mine was low and my fingernails had ridges and peeled constantly. Nail polish also helps keep them strong if you apply a few coats and keep it on constantly. Don't forget to oil your nails and cuticles.
 

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Mine were very weak a few months ago. My Dr said vitamin A deficiency. Vit A seems to have helped a bit. but I have other medical problems so who knows.

I always agree with "Check with your Dr"
 

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My first thought was to check for deficiencies - especially B12 and Vitamin D and perhaps magnesium as well. Ask your doctor for blood tests if possible.

Your diet sounds okay from the list but check to ensure you're eating enough calories as malnourishment over time will cause problems. Being a normal weight doesn't mean youre eating enough to sustain you.

Beans, lentils and wholegrains probably ought to be eaten on a daily basis especially as a vegan.
 

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Typically, not getting enough Omega3's makes for weak or brittle fingernails, but so can anything. My suggestion is, see your doctor and request a blood test for all of the nutrients and see where you're not getting enough of =)
 

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Get your iron checked. Mine was low and my fingernails had ridges and peeled constantly. Nail polish also helps keep them strong if you apply a few coats and keep it on constantly. Don't forget to oil your nails and cuticles.
Thanks for the advice. My iron is indeed low, though I'm not sure what is the cause - I had very high iron not long ago (after being vegan for few years)
I don't have ridges and they do not peel, just are just not firm

Mine were very weak a few months ago. My Dr said vitamin A deficiency. Vit A seems to have helped a bit. but I have other medical problems so who knows.

I always agree with "Check with your Dr"
Added carrot to my diet again. I'll report, thanks

My first thought was to check for deficiencies - especially B12 and Vitamin D and perhaps magnesium as well. Ask your doctor for blood tests if possible.

Your diet sounds okay from the list but check to ensure you're eating enough calories as malnourishment over time will cause problems. Being a normal weight doesn't mean youre eating enough to sustain you.

Beans, lentils and wholegrains probably ought to be eaten on a daily basis especially as a vegan.
Thanks

I do eat beans and lentils, but maybe not quite enough - have started upping the levels lately!


Typically, not getting enough Omega3's makes for weak or brittle fingernails, but so can anything. My suggestion is, see your doctor and request a blood test for all of the nutrients and see where you're not getting enough of =)
I had few months ago, I'm on the low side generally. Trying to figure out why. Changed some stuff, will let you know!
 

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So many different things affect nails. Mine have gotten super strong since being vegan, but I couldn't say why, or when that happened. I never paid much attention, but do know they used to tear, often into the pink area. Now I use a big metal file at work to keep them down, and they never tear or chip.
It could be after starting vitamin d supplementation. It's probably a good bet that I just quit picking at them.
So many outside factors also affect your nails.
I'd say just focus on having a good diet overall. What I don't understand is you've been vegan 6 years. Have your nails changed lately? Has your diet changed?
 

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So many different things affect nails. Mine have gotten super strong since being vegan, but I couldn't say why, or when that happened. I never paid much attention, but do know they used to tear, often into the pink area. Now I use a big metal file at work to keep them down, and they never tear or chip.
It could be after starting vitamin d supplementation. It's probably a good bet that I just quit picking at them.
So many outside factors also affect your nails.
I'd say just focus on having a good diet overall. What I don't understand is you've been vegan 6 years. Have your nails changed lately? Has your diet changed?
Frankly, I don't know. Haven't really looked until now
You're right - better have good diet overall, but this nails thing is a kind of small alarm. If this really happened, maybe I'm doing something wrong

I think I do need some supplements. Will come back and report in a month or so
 
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