Biotin is a crucial nutrient for preventing hair loss and promotes good skin and healthy nails. A deficiency in biotin causes dandruff, flaky scalp, dull, dry, and brittle hair.
So, what is Biotin?
Biotin is part of the B family of vitamins. It is called vitamin B7, Coenzyme or vitamin H, a water-soluble base vitamin that aid in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, and fats in our body. Biotin also plays a role in the regulation of genes and cell signaling and is known to improve healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Biotin is present in many proteins and fatty foods it is however not stored in the body as it travels through the bloodstream to areas where excesses are passed out through our urine. This process can cause us to have a deficiency of biotin in our system.
There are foods that contain biotins including meats, dairy (milk, cheese), eggs, avocados, almonds, legumes (beans, lentils, peanuts) and vegetables. You also have to realize biotin is scarce in plants and as such vegetarians are susceptible to hair loss.
So what exactly does Biotin do?
Biotin is enzymes that break down the necessary protein needed in keeping our hair healthy. Vitamin B7 can be ingested directly by feeding on the foods mentioned above or through supplements.
The recommended daily intake for an adult is 300 – 500mcg per day for healthy body function, but if you are looking to grow healthy hair, then the dosage can be increased to 1000mcg per day.
Biotin can be bought over the counter, but a doctor or pharmacist should be talked to before taking biotin. Ingesting biotin naturally is usually the best way to go as this can avoid an unwanted and ineffective case of synthetic vitamin fillers and toxins in the body.
Once you are nourishing your hair with biotin-rich foods and supplements, it’s only a matter of time before healthy, shiny and healthy hair follows.
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