This is a fingernail, Obviously.
The health issues it shows aren’t as obvious. They are, however, easily perceptible if you know that vitamin B12 and fingernails have a fortunate connection: your fingernails show hidden health issues related to low vitamin B12 levels.
Numbness, losing your balance or memory may seem trivial until you know that low vitamin B12 levels harm nerves and blood, with the harm showing on your fingernails.
Surprisingly, there at your fingertips are clues to your innermost health. Your uneasy feeling that something is wrong can be confirmed, then put to rest by acting on the knowledge that ridges on your fingernails and faint moons show that your nerves and blood are in need of vitamin B12.
Two decades ago when I began my site it wasn’t well known that there’s a connection between vitamin B12 and fingernails. In fact, I wondered if it was true. At the time I had huge ridges and no moons on some of my fingernails.
My health suffered dramatically before I noticed the ridges. My health suffered even more during the time it took to begin having vitamin B12 injections. But as soon as I had B12 injections the ridges became less pronounced. The Fingernail Pictures re B12 that I took show the improvement.
I correlated changes in my fingernails from B12 injections with undeniable improvement in my memory, ability to sleep, depression, pain level and other health problems. That’s how I became convinced that there’s a connection between vitamin B12 and fingernails.
Is diagnosing health from fingernails new?
No! In 400 B.C.E. Hippocrates, father of clinical medicine, said fingernails reveal health and inner condition. He was the first person we know of to identify clubbing, where a fingernail bends over, as a sign of lung and heart disease.
More common than lung and heart disease are issues related to the nervous and circulatory systems, both huge systems within our bodies.
As in many things the initial signs of serious problems can be small and easy to ignore. For instance, did it ever occur to you that losing your balance might coincide with a drop in your vitamin B12 level and that it might signal the beginning of life altering nerve issues?
The fact is, fingernail ridges and faint moons often coincide with health problems involving balance, numbness, depression, memory decline, or in other words, symptoms of low vitamin B12 levels.
When you see your fingernails developing ridges or losing their moons, check a list of symptoms of low vitamin B12 levels and B12 deficiency.
Your fingernails can keep you current with your health, or impending lack thereof: Every six months you have a new fingernail. The rate of growth from cuticle to tip is about an eighth inch a month. As a result, your fingernails are constantly giving you an updated view of your otherwise hidden nerve and blood health.
To learn more about vitamin B12 and specific nerve or blood issues that you are dealing with read vitamin B12 research. Some of it is rather dense with medical terminology. Even at that it can give you information and perspectives that help you make choices that are especially good for you and your body with its specific health characteristics.
Vitamin B12 and Fingernails ~ Signs of Deficiency & Malabsorption
If your moons have disappeared you may be noticing many of the following:
- tingling hands and feet
- memory problems
- feeling exhausted
- sensitivity to noise
- lots of brown spots
- bleeding gums
- burning sensation (possibly on thighs)
- legs hurt and “jump” at night
- pain, including bone pain in legs
- balance and gait problems
- heavy menstrual bleeding or nose bleeds
- comprehensive list of symptoms
With or without moons, you may have ridges on your fingernails. These can be faint, to very visible, even ridges on top of ridges that look like hogback hills. To see them clearly use a magnifying glass or reading glasses.
If you have faint, hardly noticeable ridges that look more like lines, you most likely have few symptoms of low vitamin B12 levels. If you ignore early vitamin B12 and fingernails warnings, other symptoms will follow. If you take action, however, you can reverse early damage to your nervous and circulatory systems.
Blue skin under your fingernails indicates a shortness of red blood cells and by extension the oxygen they carry. For me, from the time I was a child until I had vitamin B12 replacement I had blue coloring to my nail beds. Doctors invariably diagnosed iron deficiency. Taking the prescribed iron brought pink to my nail beds and stopped the dizziness I otherwise experienced when I stood up, especially if I’d been squatting to weed, or do something else that required me being low to the ground. The trouble was, the improvement never lasted.
B12 replacement completely changed that. From the time I began having B12 shots and later using methylcobalamin lozenges I have had pink nail beds and I don’t get dizzy when I stand up. Doctors no longer tell me I’m iron deficient.
Low vitamin B12 levels often account for health issues. I don’t say, “vitamin B12 deficiency” because there is huge variation between “normal” B12 levels. Mostly, the normal levels are set so low that “deficiency” is far too seldom encountered. It’s more useful to think in terms of what constitutes healthy B12 levels.
Low Vitamin B12 levels may affect blood or nerves, or both. It’s not the same for everyone. What is the same is that red blood cells are supposed to divide. For many people a stomach disorder causes B12 malabsorption. If you can’t absorb vitamin B12 your red blood cells are affected and become large instead of dividing. When red blood cells no longer fit into tiny blood vessels you begin to experience numbness.
Malabsorption, blood cell picture and options ~ Read more.
Methylcobalamin relieves symptoms
The form of B12 your body uses is Methylcobalamin. If you give your body cyanocobalamin, it will make methylcobalamin, but some potency is lost. If you use a 1,000 mcg methylcobalamin lozenge a day, for a month, that equals a B12 shot.
Vitamin B12 is safe because your body excretes what it doesn’t use. You needn’t worry that Methylcobalamin will hurt you. As a point of reference, I used five to ten 5 mg. Methylcobalamin lozenges each day for over 5 years before the cobalamin built up enough to cause muscle spasms/cramping.
Then, as soon as I began taking Cilantro capsules to bind B12’s cobalt, the spasms diminished in frequency till they went away. B12’s name, cobalamin, derives from cobalt, the essential trace element it contains. B12 is the only vitamin containing a metal.
Before using Methylcobalamin I used Cyanocobalamin which has some cyanide in it. The Cyanocobalamin caused a brown spot in my field of vision. I say it caused it because the brown spot went away when I switched to Methylcobalamin.
Be aware that genuine healing may result in painful muscle spasms if your potassium levels are beneath what your blood cells need once they begin properly dividing. There are many potassium rich foods, like potatoes and tomatoes, that you can eat to end muscle spasms resulting from blood cells resuming normal activity.
Potassium is essential ~ Read more.
If you need B12 and use Methylcobalamin, your health will improve within two months. Significantly. I know from experience. If you keep notes, you will more easily be able to see what has changed. But, without doubt B12 will help. (This is like Stravinsky who said, “Inspiration is never wrong. If it turns out to be wrong, it wasn’t an inspiration.” And, though true, I put the quote here to amuse you.
B12/Methylcobalamin lozenges work even if you have B12 malabsorption illness, which is increasingly common in people who are under stress and/or take antacids or some other medications. Lozenges work because the B12 is absorbed directly through the membrane under your tongue.
Photos show vitamin B12 and fingernails health issues
Fingernail lines/ridges and moons
In order to illustrate vitamin B12 and fingernails I photographed my fingernails as I was having vitamin B12 replacement via shots and later lozenges. The photos show fingernail lines in the texture of the nail. They also show moons in various stages of return and, when there was a lot of stress, retreat.
Because changes in nail texture are gradual you may hardly notice them at first. When you see ridges in your nails check a list of symptoms B12 deficiency; then, if you are dealing with some of the symptoms use Methylcobalamin lozenges and track your improvement using a Time Line. View Pictures.
Fingernail white spots
White spots can appear suddenly on fingernails. They often appear in relation to extreme stress and may be accompanied by a “sick” feeling, to include feverishness, that lasts for days or even weeks. View Pictures.
Yellow spots under fingernail
In real life they look like pimples under the fingernail and different from white spots. View Pictures.
Redness under fingernails
This is often associated with an infection somewhere in the body. View Pictures.