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The Beauty of Biotin

January 30, 2017 •

Biotin is a water-soluable B vitamin (Vitamin B7), also known as coenzyme R or Vitamin H. It is a very important nutrient involved in the synthesis of fatty acids, amino acids, and in gluconeogenesis, a major component of blood sugar regulation. Biotin is necessary for cell growth and, like other B vitamins, it helps turn food into fuel for the body. It is widely know for it's role in hair and skin health.

Biotin is produced by healthy bacteria in our intestines, and also found in a healthy balanced diet.[1] Nuts, root vegetables and eggs are some of the best dietary sources of biotin. Although raw egg whites can interfere with biotin absorption.[2] Dairy products, oily fishes and meat are also good sources of this nutrient.[3] Biotin deficiency is generally thought to be rare, however, due to lower levels of nutrients in our modern day soils, digestive system difficulties, illness, and even pregnancy, biotin supplementation may be beneficial for some people. Symptoms of biotin deficiency may include: hair loss, brittle nails, dry scaly skin, cracking in the corners of the mouth (called cheilitis), swollen and painful tongue that is magenta in color (glossitis), dry eyes, loss of appetite, fatigue, insomnia, and depression.[4]

People generally take biotin supplements to help support overall health, the health of skin, hair, nerves, digestive tract, and metabolism. Early research into biotin's role in blood sugar suggest that a combination of biotin and chromium might support healthy blood sugar while biotin alone might help maintain nerve health.[5]

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biotin
[2] http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=42
[3] http://www.ivlproducts.com/Health-Library/Health-Concerns/Supplement-Vitamins-Wellness/Is-your-scalp-making-you-sick/
[4] http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-h-biotin
[5] http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-biotin

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