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Fast Facts about Biotin by Diana R. Lopez

Diana R Lopez webWhat is biotin? How does it help your body? Why should you take it? These are some questions that are commonly asked in our clinic. Biotin is a water soluble B vitamin that the body cannot synthesize so it must be obtained through the diet. It is present in many foods and can also be taken as a supplement. Supplements are used for treating biotin deficiency associated from pregnancy, malnutrition and rapid weight loss. The oral pills can also help improve hair-loss, nails, and skin. Most people do not need supplements however, since biotin is found naturally in many foods like cauliflower, salmon, carrots, bananas, eggs, berries, halibut, almonds, walnuts, liver, and many more!

Here are some fast facts about this vitamin:

  • Biotin is not stored in the body, so you can eventually become low in biotin if there isn’t enough in your diet.
  • Biotin is important for healthy skin and nails, and it’s great for your eye health, liver and nervous system.
  • Biotin is a safe and non-toxic vitamin. It has not been associated with any serious side effects, even in large doses.
  • Biotin is likely safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Biotin works by breaking down food into sugar that your body can use for energy.
  • A lack of biotin  (caused by excessive use of antibiotic or an inadequate diet) can lead to dry skin or dermatitis of   the face or scalp. A biotin deficiency can cause your hair and nails to become brittle and frail.

Always check with your doctor before taking any supplement, some conditions and medications can cause low levels of biotin.

Sources: – http://www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/biotin

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-313-biotin.aspx?activeingredientid=313&activeingredientname=biotin

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