What Is Biotin?
A water-soluble B-complex vitamin (it’s also known as vitamin B7, H and B8).
Since biotin is water soluble, it is not stored in the body, so excess biotin is excreted in urine. This helps lower the risk of toxicity. Therefore, no point in taking huge dosage for claimed benefits.
Natural Sources of Biotin Include
- Nuts and seeds
- Egg yolk
- Leafy greens
Why Biotin is Prescribed So Much
Biotin is probably best known for its benefits for healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Biotin is also an essential nutrient for producing keratin, the type of protein that makes up hair and skin, among other things
In addition to its benefits for hair, biotin can also help keep your skin healthy by promoting cell growth and preventing damage caused by free radicals. It may also help treat conditions such as dermatitis and acne, although more research is needed to confirm these benefits.
Thus, it helps in restoring strength to brittle nails, encourage hair growth, and lead to younger-looking skin.
How Biotin Helps in Hair Loss
- Biotin is an effective treatment for alopecia, hair loss. Biotin is an essential B-vitamin that helps the body get energy and nutrients from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins Although some studies have suggested links between biotin deficiencies and alopecia, more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between biotin and hair loss.
- Hair loss can be due to a combination of issues including, biotin deficiency, autoimmunity, hormone imbalance and Ferritin, Iron deficiency.
- Many people have used biotin to encourage healthy hair and they swear by it.
NOTE: Because biotin deficiency does cause hair loss, it is included in various “hair growth” masques and other products (just so you know, before you go shopping for these “miracle products”, biotin is most useful when consumed. It is not absorbed well through the skin).
What Are The Common Symptoms Of A Biotin Deficiency?
Hair thinning, Hair loss, Skin rashes and Brittle nails.
Thinning of the hair
- Many women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) report improvements in hair growth when supplementing with biotin. While other parameters are taken care
- This may be due to the effect on both hair synthesis and biotin’s ability to support optimal blood sugar.
- Lack of biotin can result in hair loss. If you are losing more hair than is normal, a biotin deficiency may be the cause and supplementing with biotin can encourage new hair growth.
- But more often than not it could be a combination of several underlying factors than just Biotin deficiency.
- And remember, you need biotin to actually make hair, so be sure your diet is filled with biotin rich foods.
- Do see a doctor or a qualified dietitian to screen for nutritional deficiency or any probable cause.
- For over-the-counter prescription, don’t go beyond 5000IU -10,000IU