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Have you tried countless supplements to stop your nails from always chipping or peeling? We”ve all seen vitamins on the store shelf that promise strong, healthy nails just by popping a pill — but do they work? Unless you have a disease that effects nail health, vitamin and mineral supplements are unlikely to enhance the appearance of your nails, according to a recent study.

The researchers reviewed several articles examining the relationship between vitamin and mineral supplements and nail health. The overall conclusion was that supplements will not improve the appearance of nails in generally healthy, well-nourished people. In fact, excess intake of vitamin A and selenium can actually be detrimental to nail health.

The study did confirm a relationship between some vitamin deficiencies and poor nail health and appearance. Vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with darkened nails while iron deficiency may lead to spooning of the nails. And, if you”ve been diagnosed with a condition that affects nail health, you may also benefit from supplements:

Otherwise, skip the vitamin aisle and instead spend your money at the nail salon. Adequate nail care and a varied diet will get your nails into tip-top shape.


  1. avatar jck.mechal says:

    It is nothing to worry about, though there doesn’t seem to be a known cause or a known “cure”.If you have any problems with ingrown finger,it could also effect the sinus or even be a sign of unhealthy organs.Did you look at our page on ingrown finger?


About Sarah Atwood, MS, RD

Sarah is a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition from New York University where she completed her dietetic internship in partnership with NYU Langone Medical Center, the NYU Pediatric Dental Clinic, and Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Her interests include pediatric and maternal nutrition, food policy, and sustainable food production. She is an enthusiastic cook and foodie who taught nutrition and cooking lessons with City Harvest’s Operation Frontline while in NYC. When she’s not chasing her newly mobile baby girl, Sarah enjoys exploring her new Boston neighborhood, discovering restaurants, and enjoying the occasional craft brew.


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