Last Updated on May 23, 2021
WHAT IS VITAMIN B7 OR BIOTIN?
Known as Vitamin B7, or Vitamin H, Biotin is responsible for converting food into energy. Biotin is key for keeping our metabolic, nervous, and digestive system healthy.
From Where Do I Get My Biotin?
Biotin is found in a wide variety of foods like egg yolks, soy, nuts, whole grains, beans, legumes, cauliflower, bananas, avocado, and sweet potato...
What Are The Benefits of Biotin?
Biotin for Skin, Hair & Nails
Biotin promotes healthy cell growth and aids in the metabolism of protein-building amino acids.
Skin disorders such as dermatitis, scaling and alopecia (temporary or permanent hair loss) have all been associated with a deficiency in Biotin.
A study from Switzerland demonstrated a 25 percent increase in nail plate thickness in patients with brittle nails who received Biotin supplementation.
Biotin & Metabolism
Biotin is an essential cofactor for a number of different metabolic processes. Not only does it break down fats, carbs and proteins, it also plays a role in the formation of fatty acids and glucose. Biotin can help you regulate your blood sugar levels, and Biotin deficiency may result in higher cholesterol levels.
Biotin & The Immune System
Biotin plays a role in our immune system. It’s key in the production of white blood cells.
White blood cells are involved in protecting our body against infection and foreign invaders like viruses.
Biotin & Brain Function
Biotin is needed for myelin sheath formation. Our myelin sheath covers our nerves, and assists with neurotransmitter activity and cognitive function.
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder characterized by myelin damage and loss. Biotin may be effective in limiting or reversing multiple sclerosis-related impairments.
Biotin deficiency can also lead to a number of neurological symptoms, including seizures, lack of muscle coordination, learning disabilities, hallucinations, depression, and lethargy. Most of these conditions can be resolved with Biotin supplementation.
There is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) established for Biotin. The adequate intakes (AI) for Biotin are 30 mcg for adults over 18 years to prevent deficiency.