My nails are thin and brittle.
Q. Dear Terry, “My nails are thin and brittle. There are also faint lines in the nails themselves and my cuticles are always tearing off. I am sure I am lacking some nutrients. What do you suggest?” — Rosie L., Seattle, WA
A. Dear Rosie, The first thing that comes to mind is that you may be lacking the mineral silica. Many people never think about silica when it comes to nails, hair and bone health, but it is one of the most important minerals we need. Silica is found throughout the body; however, the highest concentrations occur in connective tissues, such as nails, skin, hair, and teeth, which are especially dependent on silica for strength and resilience. It’s also a major building block of collagen, which helps keep skin supple and blood vessels strong. As the body ages, it tends to undergo a steady loss of minerals. Some of these minerals are well known, like calcium, magnesium, and potassium. But silica is lost at an even greater rate than these other essential minerals.
I recommend that you start by taking a horsetail extract standardized for silica content. Because silica is poorly absorbed, you want to look for a product that contains organic silica and bioflavonoids, blended with marine lipids. This greatly increases absorption and will help you achieve the best benefits. It does take a little time for nails to grow, so you may not see changes right away. Be patient – I know you will see results.
Terry . . . Naturally