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Monday, July 09, 2012

How My Nails Went From Short & Weak To Long & Strong Using Biotin.


I'm so sad I don't have a 'before' picture to show you of my short, peeling & weak nails.  They were a mess just a little over 3 weeks ago, but then I started taking Biotin supplements, and the picture above was taken today!  I was skeptical, but my nails went from short and weak to long and strong!

I decided to do this because Trader Joes started selling Biotin supplements at a really great price.  The supplements they sell are 5,000 MCG.  I take one a day at night with my multi-vitamin & other supplements.  My nails really never seemed to recover completely after I had chemo.  They were a mess when I was sick, and did get better, but never got as strong as I was used to, until now.  Now they are much stronger than they ever have been in only 3 1/2 weeks!

I have done very little else to my nails to make them grow.  I have not even worn clear nail polish.  I buffed them to a shine with a 4 way nail buff, making sure the edges stayed smooth. I was also was purposeful about rubbing some coconut oil into my nail beds and cuticles whenever I would use it as a body moisturizer.  I have always kept them shaped & buffed nicely, and the cuticle oil is nothing new, so I credit the incredible change in my nails to Biotin.

Biotin is also known for making hair grow faster and stronger.  I think I have noticed this.  My hair seems stronger and shinier and is definitely growing fast, but my hair really has always grown fast.

You will have to do your own research as far as what dosage you are comfortable taking.  I take 5,000 MCG because that is what came in the bottle from Trader Joes, but from what I have read that dose is pretty high.  Not that it matters much as Biotin is water soluble and does not stay in our system long.

If you would prefer to get your Biotin from foods, here is a list of Biotin Food superstars:

  1. Swiss Chard - This green plant is a top producer of biotin. It's also a great part of a healthy salad choice that will provide antioxidants and help balance a diet.
  2. Carrots - Carrots contain a supply of biotin, as well as beta-carotene, which helps with general eye health.
  3. Almonds, Walnuts and Other Nuts - A variety of nuts supply the body with biotin, and are a portable way to get proteins and other nutrition into a diet.
  4. Chicken Eggs - Eggs are a source of biotin, although it's important to note that eating a diet unusually high in egg whites can actually be a catalyst for a biotin deficiency. That's because a specific element in the egg whites binds to the element and prevents it from being distributed properly. It's important to always consider how eggs are added to a diet in order to prevent this kind of vitamin deficiency.
  5. Goat's Milk and Cow's Milk - In addition to calcium and other healthy items, milks are also a source of biotin for the body.
  6. Berries and Fruits - Some types of berries, including strawberries and raspberries, can get the body a significant amount of biotin. These fruits also provide antioxidants and health benefits, as part of a natural, whole food approach to eating. Experts recommend buying local and organic when possible.
  7. Halibut - In addition to being "brain food," this fish also contains large amounts of biotin. Think about adding it as an occasional entree.
  8. Vegetables - Other vegetables like onions, cucumbers and cauliflower all contain biotin, and are healthy ways to fit this vitamin into meal.



14 comments:

  1. oh, i'm definitely going to try this, both for my hair and my nails! i keep my nails short because if i don't they break and peel. maybe not anymore!

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    1. Try it Robyn! Tell me if it works for you...better yet, you can show me cuz I need to see that lil' one soon. <3

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  2. I need to use this again for my hair. After being so sick and not eating for months with my pregnancies my hair has never really recovered. Thanks for remaining me of this, your nails look great!

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    1. Hi Jeana!
      Thanks! Love seeing you popping up in comments.

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  3. I've been taking biotin too, more for my hair than nails...my nails look great, but it doesn't seem to be doing too much for my hair! Gahh!

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    1. Hair is hard to measure. I just can't tell if it has helped my hair, as mine grows fast, but I have noticed little inch long hairs around my hairline. At first I thought it was weird to have breakage there, but now I'm thinking it is new growth! At least your nails look great and from you pic your hair seems to be doing great, too!

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  4. My hairdresser suggested Biotin for my thinning hair (due to stress)about 3 months ago. We've noticed a difference in growth and filling back in of the thin areas. The fabulous side bonus has been my weak, peeling nails have gotten strong and healthy. Thank you for the note on the coconut oil for the cuticles...I'm definitely going to add that.

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    1. Do! I really think it helps and I love the sheen it adds to my nails. It is nice to just skip polish, it just chips anyway.

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  5. Do you know if biotin is safe to take while pregnant?

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    1. see Ambers comment below, I ditto her! Blessings on your pregnancy.

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  6. biotin is safe, its usually in prenatal vitamins, but always ask YOUR doctor before taking anything new, especially while pregnant.

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    1. thanks Amber, I totally agree.

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  7. Wow Biotin.. I have to try it.. I've been using a nail system called "Pro strong" and it always worked in the past for strong long nails but since turning 42 it doesn't seem to be having the same affect anymore.. Maybe it's age, maybe it's my hormones, maybe they've changed something but I think I will try your suggestion.. Your nails look great! Thank you SO Much for posting this!
    Robyn :)

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    1. Hi Robyn--you are welcome. I love that this is something that works from the inside out. I hope it works, let me know.

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