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Do You Have White Spots on Your Nails?

If your nails are covered with tiny white specks, you probably need more zinc. Although doctors aren’t sure yet why, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that as zinc levels drop, the number of these tiny nail “bruises” skyrockets.

Rx: Red meat, fish and chicken

Take 25 milligrams of zinc daily or add three ounces of zinc-rich red meat, fish, poultry or eggs to each meal to boost your tissue stores of this mineral by 35 percent – you'll grow new, speckle-free nails in just six months, say USDA researchers. Want spot-free nails even quicker? Zinc is best taken at bedtime so take a supplement before you snooze. High doses of stomach acid are needed for proper mineral absorption, and according to researchers at Houston’s University of Texas, stomach acid production doubles after 10 p.m.

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