Changes in nail texture are gradual. When you see changes in your nails check a list of low vitamin B12 symptoms. To verify if your symptoms are from low vitamin B12: use Methylcobalamin lozenges for a month. One month of using a 1 mg (1,000 mcg) lozenge a day is equal to a B12 shot.
In one month your low B12 symptoms will be distinctly less. Except, depression takes longer. For me it took 3 months to feel some relief. If your health problems are unaffected they are not caused by low vitamin B12 levels.
Note: Restoring memory requires memory exercises as well as B12 lozenges.
Any B12 your body doesn’t need/use is excreted. There’s no danger from using B12 to see how well it works for you.
Best Practice: make a starting list of your symptoms. Each time you notice that symptom, note it and the date. At the end of the month you’ll be see which symptoms decreased most. In the future if you’re under stress and a symptom recurs you can refer to the time line you created for yourself. You will be able to see how long it will take for a symptom to go away. (Under a lot of stress you will need more lozenges to stay on top of symptoms.)
B12 patches and sprays appear to be popular marketing devices. Sublinguals have been thoroughly tested and shown to work as well as injections.
Lozenges vs Injections Chart ~ Read more.
Symptoms of Low B12 ~ Read more.
Methylcobalamin ~ Read more.
My Time Line ~ Take a look.
May 6, 2006. ~ Here you can see the lack of a moon. The contrast between pictures from my old and new cameras is a lot like my life before and after vitamin B12 replacement. My B12 replacement began in 1997. Here’s my Time Line.
Dec. 23, 2006 p.m. ~ Image shows a small moon peeping up on my index finger. A few weeks ago, before several stressful things, the moon on my middle finger looked like that, too.
December 24, 2006 p.m. ~ This shows the moon on my middle finger, right hand, beginning to show. The moon on my index finger looks larger. There wasn’t much stress yesterday, and I don’t feel feverish from the infection today.
December 25, 2006 p.m. ~ Before I took this picture I was playing with my seedlings. I washed my hands, but there are still traces of potting soil under my nails. See how the moons are increasing and stronger looking than on the 23rd?
Focus on fingernails reflecting B12 health
The reason I focus on fingernails and vitamin B12 is that low vitamin B12 severely impacted my life.In doing this photo study I also saw how infection reflects as redness or red lines under nails. Low grade infection makes us tired and often causes hair to fall out. Infections can be controlled, sometimes wiped out with vitamin C. I also saw a fingernail lift with onycholysis and then heal when I soaked it in alcohol. And, I tracked white spots.
December 29, 2006 late p.m. ~ This picture of my right thumbnail clearly shows the ridges. (These ridges are vastly reduced from having had 9 years of B12 replacement therapy. Treatment for fingernail ridges and lines is Methylcobalamin.)
December 30, 2006 p.m. ~ This picture was taken with help from dpreview forum. It shows how ridges look as they disappear. Look at the top of my nail: see the thick line next to a long line that goes all the way down my nail. That thick line used to go all the way down, too. It is growing out. I’ve watched my fingernails grow smoother over ten years. If you have ridges, get Methylcobalamin, use it and watch the results ~ not just on your fingernails but in relation to the symptoms of low vitamin B12.
February 1, 2007 – I chose this picture out of two dozen. You can see that the ridge from December 30th is gone.The reddish area is related to infection.
March 10, 2007 ~ This picture shows fewer ridges toward the bottom of my nail. I have been trying to have a B12 shot on days I have a nose bleed, bad tinnitus, peripheral neuropathy pain in my thigh or begin to feel depressed. I’m staying on top of my low B12, except that my thumb moon is hard to see. This picture shows how its top is whiter and more defined than further down.
April 18, 2007 – They turned off my power on April 4, 2007, so I don’t have heat or lights. It’s getting to be warmer weather now, and I’m going to get solar because that will be less stressful and therefore more healthy. (I asked them for two days so I could transfer money, but no. I didn’t even have phone when they turned off the electric. And the guy laughed. So by the time Easter was over, I was pretty determined not to go back to PNM given that they shut me off just to be mean. They would have had their money on the 6th, if what they wanted was their money. I’m not going to encourage them to treat people like this by paying them any more.)
April 18, 2007 ~ My thumb nail has a sort of chasm in the moon. I’ve never seen this before. It’s worrying. I’ve been so stressed by trying to stay warm, and the days are so short without electricity that I’ve not taken regular photos. And, I have all the court stuff to hand-write without my printer. (Never a dull moment.) I’ve handwritten notes in my Time Line. I wish I could use my computer with the portable solar thing I got, but it doesn’t give me an hour a day, and by the time I turn on, the email loads, the schedule alarms go off… my time is nearly over. Frustrating.
June 20, 2007 – Sorry about the dirt under my nail. My solar is just a bit of wiring away from working, and I’ve been preoccupied. I heat water in the sun, but there’s been so much going on. Anyway, sorry. I’ve worked really hard at having a lot of B12 to get my moon made whole again, and that’s been successful. But the reddish streak is forming into rather distinct lines, and that’s not good.
When I had tetanus I had red lines under my nails, but they were fine lines that looked as if they could have been drawn by a pen with the finest point possible. My camera wasn’t good enough to capture them, partially because it didn’t have a Macro lens and my arms weren’t long enough to get the camera far enough away to focus. I wish I could show you those lines.
I’m going to have to drink a lot more water and take more vitamin C. It’s been hard to remember to do that with the solar going in and people here all the time. I have been feeling not that well. I was really sick one day and didn’t want them to know. It will be good when the solar is finished so I can concentrate on the things I’m supposed to do every day in order to stay well if not get better. This way I forget. When I had electric I used my computer to remind me.
4/25/2010 ~ I didn’t notice this centrally located, rather thick, whitish looking ridge on my right index finger while it was developing. When I saw it a week or so ago I was worried because my nerves don’t seem that much worse. I wondered what it could be associated with. Today I noticed that it no longer goes all the way to the bottom of my nail, so it appears to have decreased in prominence since I have been using vitamin C to get rid of the infection indicated by the reddish line on my right thumb.
Pictures of Fingernails showing other health signs
Mainly you want to see your fingernails remain smooth and retain their
When I was living in the hydrogen sulfide from the privy pit, I had horizontal valleys in my nails ~~ indentations that ran across my nails, referred to medically as Beau’s lines. Some people just refer to them as dips. They were most noticeable on my thumbs. A low body pH also appears to cause horizontal indentations in fingernails ~~ when I drank vinegar and honey for several days to stop a cough, which worked, and then several weeks more because it helped me sleep, it also caused Beau’s lines.
One very serious thing is if your nails begin to curve over the top of your finger… I learned that was a sign of heart disease, some say lung disease. This is what it looks like: