White spots on fingernails?

White spots on fingernails, cuts heal slowly and/or scar easily, decreased sense of taste or smell are possible symptoms of zinc deficiency. Zinc is an essential mineral to the body and is a major part of hundreds of enzymes systems in the body. Some functions are:

  1. Wound healing
  2. Enhancing immune function
  3. Anti-inflammatory
  4. Essential for production of stomach acid
  5. Regulates release of vitamin A from liver
  6. Necessary for health of prostate
  7. Needed for taste perception

Major zinc containing foods: Oysters, vegetables, legumes, meat, dairy, seeds (pumpkin seeds), seafood, grains.

Vegetables and Legumes rich in Zinc

Seafood Source of Zinc

Zinc supplementation in doses greater than 20 mg on an empty stomach may lead to nausea and stomach upset. This is more common in those with low stomach acid. Long term zinc supplementation in doses greater than 50 mg/day may lead to copper deficiency.

Note: people taking antacids are zinc deficient.

Thank you for reading!

In health…


3 thoughts on “White spots on fingernails?

  1. There is also disease called Pyroluria that cause zinc deficiency (as well as Vitamin B6 deficiency). It’s not a very well known disease but is actually fairly common in the general population. It’s not very well publicised as it is treated with vitamins and minerals rather than pharmaceutical drugs. Pyroluria can cause many symptoms such as: depression, anxiety, fatigue, digestive issues. I am trying to spread the word about this disease and I blog about it at http://pyrolurialife.com

    • Hi Harry,
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. You are correct I have not heard of this condition. I visited your blog and read the supplement list. Do you take a good pro-biotic? How do you feel eating fermented vegetables? I appreciate sharing your experience with others as it will bring more awareness.
      Wishing you the best and I’ll keep up with your blog.
      In health,

      • You’re welcome. I tend to stay away from probiotics, I may still have a bug called Blastocystis Hominis and it actually consumes probiotics (strange as that may sound). I did a triple protocol of antibiotics at one stage and I did take probiotics after that for a couple of months. I believe my main problem is Pyroluria though, the treatments is going really well for me.

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