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How My Nails Went From Short & Weak To Long & Strong Using Biotin

Long Nails

I’m so sad I don’t have a ‘before’ picture to show you of my short, peeling & weak nails. They were a mess just a little over 3 weeks ago, but then I started taking Biotin supplements, and the picture above was taken today! I was skeptical, but my nails went from short and weak to long and strong!

Why I Started Biotin

I decided to do this because Trader Joes started selling Biotin supplements (click for similar Biotin Supplement) at a really great price. The supplements they sell are 5,000 MCG.  I take one a day at night with my multi-vitamin & other supplements. My nails really never seemed to recover completely after I had chemo. They were a mess when I was sick, and did get better, but never got as strong as I was used to, until now. Now they are much stronger than they ever have been in only 3 1/2 weeks!

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The Changes I’ve Seen From Biotin

There is very little else I have done to my nails to make them grow. I have not even worn clear nail polish. To make them shine, I buffed them with a 4-way nail buffer, making sure the edges stayed smooth. Whenever I use coconut oil as a body moisturizer, I was also was purposeful about rubbing some into my nail beds and cuticles. I have always kept them shaped & buffed nicely, and the cuticle oil is nothing new, so I credit the incredible change in my nails to Biotin.

Biotin is also known for making hair grow faster and stronger. I think I have noticed this. My hair seems stronger and shinier and is definitely growing fast, but my hair really has always grown fast.

You will have to do your own research as far as what dosage you are comfortable taking. I take 5,000 MCG because that is what came in the bottle from Trader Joes, but from what I have read that dose is pretty high. Not that it matters much as it is water soluble and does not stay in our system long.


Foods Containing Biotin

If you would prefer to get this vitamin from foods, here is a list of Biotin Food superstars…

Swiss Chard

This green plant is a top producer of biotin. It’s also a great part of a healthy salad choice that will provide antioxidants and help balance a diet.


Carrots contain a supply of biotin, as well as beta-carotene, which helps with general eye health.
Almonds, Walnuts and Other Nuts – A variety of nuts supply the body with biotin, and are a portable way to get proteins and other nutrition into a diet.

Chicken Eggs

Eggs are a good source, although it’s important to note that eating a diet unusually high in egg whites can actually be a catalyst for a biotin deficiency. That’s because a specific element in the egg whites binds to the element and prevents it from being distributed properly. If you want to prevent this kind of vitamin deficiency, it’s important to always consider how eggs are added to your diet.

Goat’s Milk and Cow’s Milk

In addition to calcium and other healthy items, milk is also a source of this vitamin for the body.

Berries and Fruits

Some types of berries, including strawberries and raspberries, can get the body a significant amount. These fruits also provide antioxidants and health benefits, as part of a natural, whole food approach to eating. Experts recommend buying local and organic when possible.


In addition to being “brain food,” this fish also contains large amounts of biotin. Think about adding it as an occasional entree.


Other vegetables like onions, cucumbers, and cauliflower all contain it, and are healthy ways to fit this vitamin into a meal.


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  • Anne Stevens
    October 10, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Hi I am in England can I buy this item here. I have had to wear a wig as my hair on my crown is so thin and my nails don’t grow at all. Thank you .

  • mathilda
    September 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    are your guys nails growing my nails wont even grow at all

  • Crissy
    December 21, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I just ran across your website this morning. I got my Biotin from TJ’s a few days ago to start taking for my hair. Over the years it just don’t grow. I hope to see positive results between my Rainbow Light Prenatal and Biotin. 🙂

  • Patty
    December 3, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    You are so right! I use biotin and my nails are hard! I have to file them down because they grow so fast now! I take “One A Day, Plus Immunity Support” they contain Biotin. It has an orange cap on the bottle. Believe me, it works! I wish I could post a picture!

  • Robyn
    July 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Wow Biotin.. I have to try it.. I’ve been using a nail system called “Pro strong” and it always worked in the past for strong long nails but since turning 42 it doesn’t seem to be having the same affect anymore.. Maybe it’s age, maybe it’s my hormones, maybe they’ve changed something but I think I will try your suggestion.. Your nails look great! Thank you SO Much for posting this!
    Robyn 🙂

    • Amy Bowman
      July 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Robyn–you are welcome. I love that this is something that works from the inside out. I hope it works, let me know.

  • amber
    July 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    biotin is safe, its usually in prenatal vitamins, but always ask YOUR doctor before taking anything new, especially while pregnant.

    • Amy Bowman
      July 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      thanks Amber, I totally agree.

  • bckelsch9
    July 10, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Do you know if biotin is safe to take while pregnant?

    • Amy Bowman
      July 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      see Ambers comment below, I ditto her! Blessings on your pregnancy.

  • Roz
    July 10, 2012 at 4:43 am

    My hairdresser suggested Biotin for my thinning hair (due to stress)about 3 months ago. We’ve noticed a difference in growth and filling back in of the thin areas. The fabulous side bonus has been my weak, peeling nails have gotten strong and healthy. Thank you for the note on the coconut oil for the cuticles…I’m definitely going to add that.

    • Amy Bowman
      July 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Do! I really think it helps and I love the sheen it adds to my nails. It is nice to just skip polish, it just chips anyway.

  • Lexilooo
    July 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I’ve been taking biotin too, more for my hair than nails…my nails look great, but it doesn’t seem to be doing too much for my hair! Gahh!

    • Amy Bowman
      July 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Hair is hard to measure. I just can’t tell if it has helped my hair, as mine grows fast, but I have noticed little inch long hairs around my hairline. At first I thought it was weird to have breakage there, but now I’m thinking it is new growth! At least your nails look great and from you pic your hair seems to be doing great, too!

  • jeana
    July 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I need to use this again for my hair. After being so sick and not eating for months with my pregnancies my hair has never really recovered. Thanks for remaining me of this, your nails look great!

    • Amy Bowman
      July 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Jeana!
      Thanks! Love seeing you popping up in comments.

  • robyn devine
    July 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    oh, i’m definitely going to try this, both for my hair and my nails! i keep my nails short because if i don’t they break and peel. maybe not anymore!

    • Amy Bowman
      July 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Try it Robyn! Tell me if it works for you…better yet, you can show me cuz I need to see that lil’ one soon. <3