Biotin, vitamin B7 is a water soluble organic compound necessary to maintain healthy glucose blood sugar levels. It provides energy supply for the body by metabolizing fats and carbohydrates.
Vitamin B7 –
- Helps grow strong fingernails
- Supports healthy hair growth
- Treats acne
- Treats stretch marks
- Prevents dry mouth
- May reduce insulin resistance in diabetics
- May discourage weight gain in diabetics
- Improves alcoholism recovery
- Improves the survival rate of hepatitis patients
Deficiency symptoms associated with biotin include eye and nose rashes, baldness, mouth irritation and stunted growth.
The recommended daily allowance for Biotin is 30 micrograms (mcg) per day. The typical varied diet of Americans provides about 100 to 300 mcg.
As it is water soluble and eliminated daily from the body it is not possible to overdose on biotin.
Pregnant women who have elevated levels of 3-hydroxyisovaleric acid tend to have reduced biotin levels that may require boosting with supplementation .Even a mild deficiency of Biotin among pregnant women may have a terrible effect on developing embryos.
Used in conjunction with Biotin and corticosteroid ointment it may be used to cure Palmoplantar Pustulosis disease, Crohn’s disease sleep disturbances and chest, back and feet pains.
Food sources of vitamin B7 are milk, liver, eggs, yeast or beans.
Did you know –
- Biotin is also sometimes called Vitamin H
- If you take a great deal of biotin it may restore the color of your hair
- If you eat raw eggs it can cause a biotin shortage in the body – avoid smoothies with raw eggs.
- Long term users of antibiotics may lack biotin
Your body is capable of manufacturing small amounts of biotin if there is a shortfall but supplementation is always recommended