I subscribe to “Mark’s Daily Apple” and noticed an interesting article about teeth. It’s entitled Beyond Sugar and Soda: Nutritional Cures for Damaged Teeth. I scaled down the recommendations a bit to include what I have in stock here at home and added one basic food that I’ve avoided nearly all of my life — liver. I remember my father trying to hide it in scramble eggs from my sisters and me when we were little. All of us thought he was serving us rotten eggs! He said he was surprised that we could taste the liver. I think he knew then that it was something healthy for each of us.
I decided to go ahead and pick up some organic chicken liver from Wholefoods.
Here is the combination of supplementation and food I’ve started to help improve my teeth but noticed have immediately improved my nails:
- One Vitamin A capsule, 10,000 IU – (I like the Bluebonnet brand at Wholefoods but if you can’t make it to Wholefoods, here is the link to it on Amazon.com).
- One Vitamin D3 capsule, 5,000 IU – (I get this from Dr. Gonino’s office, but it is also available on Amazon.com and shipping is free) or simply make sure you are getting ample sunshine each day although many of us don’t. A blood test from your doctor will let you know if you need supplementation.
- Sublingual Vitamin B12 from Wholefoods (their brand) 500 mcg each. I’ve been told that a broad spectrum liquid vitamin may be even better but for now all I took was the B12.
- About 2 – 3 ounces of cooked, organic chicken liver (a little more than 1/4 cup). (Cautionary note: I’ve learned from my doctor that eating liver can raise cholesterol levels. I am learning what amounts over what period of time will be most healthy. Discuss this with your doctor. I will be getting my cholesterol checked to see how things are going. I have scaled down this amount to 1/2 – 1 ounce a day and added a K2 vitamin supplement)
It seems that the vitamin K2 in the chicken liver and perhaps the iron may be at least some of the benefits. I am also supplementing with the K2 vitamin although my initial test with adding more liver to my diet did not include the supplement. One thing I’ve learned is that taking K2 vitamin supplementation can be a contraindication for those taking blood thinners. Coumadin is one such drug. I am not taking any medical drugs so, this is not be a problem for me, but, please consider this if you are taking any of these drugs for thinning your blood and discuss this with your physician.
In about three days I noticed a marked improvement in my fingernails and toenails. I usually have problems with them splitting, cracking or tearing. They are not too hard (brittle) either. They are just right.
It is not uncommon for me to take Vitamin A and Vitamin D3 but it seems this addition of liver is what has given me more benefits. I am exploring more organ meats. I have been reading about the benefits of organ meats but have not jumped in until now. I want to learn more!
This may be positively impacting the health of my teeth and bones as well but the health of my nails has been easy to see and rather dramatic.
Another good thing is that I am now developing is a taste for liver although I am still going to explore some simple recipes. A combination with some onions might taste good.
If you decide to try this and it helps, let us know in the comments below.