Dr Oz gave a list of 3 changes in your nails that could be warning signs of health problems: Spoon Nails, Pigmented Bends and Nail Beading. If you have not heard of these problems before, then this could be very interesting! Doctor Oz said that most people do not examine their nails, but the color, shape and texture of your nails could be major warning signs of medical issues. First of all, you should feel the texture of your nail and look for a rounded shape. Dr Oz said other healthy nail characteristics include a nail being rectangular in shape and having a Lunula, a white crescent shape towards the base of the nail (especially in the thumb nail). For those of you who have nail fungus (which is not one of the issues Dr Oz spoke about below), then I want to remind you to check out Dr Oz’s Nail Fungus Remedy or Dr Oz’s Nail Fungus Vinegar Bath.
Dr Oz: Spoon Nails & Iron Deficiency
Dr Oz said that Spoon Nails are where you can imagine scooping out the center portion of your nail with a spoon. When water touches your nail, it sits on top and accumulates rather than rolling off. Dr Oz said that Iron Deficiency can cause Spoon Nails. When you have Spoon Nails, your blood supply cannot get to the center of your nail to make it grow strong.
Dr Oz: Pigmented Bends & Melanoma
Dr Oz said that healthy nails should be pink, but if you have dark vertical stripes on your nails, especially if you are African American, this could be a sign of Melanoma. There are also non-cancerous bands, but you must have a doctor examine it to find out.
Dr Oz: Nail Beading & Thyroid Problems
Dr Oz said that you can get Nail Beading, which looks somewhat like the texture that builds on the side of candle as it burns and drips the wax down the side. After Dr Oz showed a picture of Nail Beading though, it looked more to me like have ridges in your nails, which I have… so I am a tad bit concerned now. If you have Nail Beading, Dr Oz said it could be caused by Thyroid Problems, blood flow changes to your nails, hormonal problems or even Diabetes.